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How to repair an electric side view mirror

Updated February 21, 2017

The side view mirrors on vehicles often are electrically powered. If the housing for the side view mirror is cracked or broken, it will need to be replaced. You can easily fix this yourself if you do not want to pay for the repair at a dealer. However, you will need to obtain a replacement side mirror for your model of vehicle.

Open the door for the side of the vehicle where the side view mirror is located. This can be the driver's side or the passenger side mirror.

Pry away the trim panel that is in the upper left or right corner of the door. Pry off the trim panel by using the flathead screwdriver. Pull off the trim panel and set it aside.

Locate the screws that are used to secure the mirror to the door. Remove the screws with the Phillips screwdriver. Take the side view mirror off of the door and set it aside.

Disconnect the electrical connector from the mirror and then plug it into the new mirror.

Set the new side view mirror in place and tighten the screws with the Phillips screwdriver.

Start the vehicle to verify that the mirror is working correctly. Set the trim panel back on the door. Press on the trim panel until you hear it snap into place.

Tip

A door panel removal tool can be purchased if you do not want to use a flathead screwdriver.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
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Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.