How to Replace a Power Mirror in a VW Jetta

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How to Replace a Power Mirror in a VW Jetta
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The Volkswagen Jetta has a complex power mirror construction for all model years. This project is for an experienced do-it-yourself repair person. It only requires a few basic tools.

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Things you need

  • Trim tool
  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the negative battery cable before you take the front door trim panel off the Jetta's door.

  2. 2

    Remove all screws and clips and carefully pry the panel from the door with a trim tool purchased from an auto repair store.

  3. 3

    Detach the power mirror electrical wire connector located under the door panel.

  4. 4

    Take off the triangle interior cover and the insulation inside the interior cover. Remove three nuts from the power mirror.

  5. 5

    Pull the outside rear view mirror off, and guide the power wire through the hole in the door.

  1. 1

    Replace the old mirror with the new one by first pushing the new wiring through the hole in the door.

  2. 2

    Install and tighten the three retaining nuts you took off when removing the old mirror.

  3. 3

    Connect the power mirror wiring to the connection located on the door panel. Reconnect the insulation piece and install the triangle interior cover.

  4. 4

    Put the front door trim panel back in place by securing all clips and tightening all screws.

  5. 5

    Connect the Volkswagen Jetta's battery cable.

Tips and warnings

  • Reconnect the battery and test the power mirror before completely tightening down the door trim panel to make sure it works.
  • It's vital to remember to disconnect the car's battery before starting the job to avoid injury.
  • Don't attempt to free-up the Jetta mirror by pressing on the glass. Outside mirrors that are frozen must be thawed prior to adjustment.

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