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Driving with a broken Mirror Glass? Seven years of bad luck should be the least of your worries. What you should be worried about is your shattered mirror's effect on your driving. While driving without mirrors is possible, it's completely unsafe. After all, how would you know if it's safe to turn or shift lanes without the use of your rearview and side mirrors? Turning your head at every opportunity is just as dangerous. So if you want to keep your driving visibility at its maximum, then we highly recommend replacing cracked or broken mirrors as soon as possible. The good news is that you'll find a wide array of replacement mirrors on the market. Unfortunately, not all these mirrors are compatible with your ride. You see, mirror glasses may vary according to your vehicle's make and model. Keep in mind, size counts. So when buying a replacement Mirror Glass, you have to make sure it meets your ride's specs. Another thing you have to consider is the mirror's style. Aside from OE replacement mirrors, you'll also find specialized mirror glasses that are auto-dimming, electrochromic, telescopic, and/or heated. Both auto-dimming and electrochromic mirrors come with light sensors that automatically dim the mirror to prevent glare. Telescopic mirrors on the other hand, are specially-designed to improve your driving visibility. While heated mirrors prevent frost buildup on your mirrors during snowy or cold weather. Get to know all your options by checking out our wide array of replacement mirror glasses at the Auto Parts Warehouse catalog now.
Mirror Glass Buying Guide
Mirror, mirror in your ride, driving safety is what they provide. Okay, that was a lousy rhyme, but that's way better than having lousy safety when you're on the road. Being the competent driver that you are, you're likely to be aware of how mirrors help you maneuver through traffic with utmost safety. You probably also know that your vehicle's mirror will eventually break or wear out. Now, instead of replacing the entire mirror fixture when this happens, you may want to save a buck or two by simply replacing the mirror glass. The process of getting your mirrors back in fighting form isn't tricky business, but here are some things you might want to consider before buying replacement mirror glass.
There are basically two types of auto mirrors out there: the rear view mirror and the side view mirror. These two components differ in shape and function, so make sure not to mistake one for the other when the time comes for you to buy replacement mirror glass
The Rear View Mirror
This mirror does exactly what its name implies: it helps you see behind you. So whether you're driving forwards or backwards, this mirror, which is located inside your ride and above the dash, is sure to prevent unwanted mishaps. This mirror is usually rectangular in shape its glass can easily be replaced.
The Side View Mirror
Every ride comes with two of these, one on each side of the vehicle. These help you see the vehicles flanking you, letting you know whether or not it's safe to make turns or change lanes. Common victims of parking lot nicks, and they come in various shapes and sizes.
Factors to Consider
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that you can't get a replacement side view mirror glass to fit into a rear view mirror housing. So make sure that you get the correct type of mirror glass, and one that conforms to the shape and size of your mirror housing.
We'd recommend USA-made mirrors or foreign-made mirrors that meet US standards. We'd also suggest that you get mirrors that have 2.2mm 1st surface mirror properties. Such mirrors are translucent and absorb the light from trailing vehicles, helping them to prevent glare.
Look for mirror glass that's easy to install and doesn't require drilling. Also, we don't recommend that you use regular bathroom silicone adhesive to install your mirror glass into its housing. Instead, you should opt for construction silicone that isn't latex based.
How to Replace Your Mirror Glass
Paying rent, getting up each day to go to work, trying to lose that gut: these things are difficult to do. Luckily, changing your busted mirror glass is sure to be a piece of cake. Now, if you aren't the most seasoned DIYer, then be not afraid because pretty much anybody can successfully do this job. All you need are a few basic items and some enthusiasm and you'll get the job done in less than thirty minutes.
Difficulty level: Easy
- Hair Dryer (optional)
- Scraping Tool: blunt knife, screw driver, etc.
- Soft Cloth
- Warm Water
- Silicone Adhesive
- Replacement Mirror
Step 1: Before getting started, put on some working gloves to help keep your hands safe from scratches. Broken or chipped glass can be rather harmful so it's better to be safe than sorry.
Step 2:Take off the busted mirror glass-or what remains of it-from the mirror housing. And be sure to remove any traces of old glue or adhesive using your scraping tool. If the residue from the adhesive is difficult to remove, use a hair dryer to make it more pliable.
Step 3:Clean your new mirror glass with some warm water and a soft cloth. Do not use chemical cleaners on your replacement mirror glass as they will leave residue on it and impede the effectiveness of your adhesive. Air dry your mirror before proceeding.
Step 4: Cut your silicon adhesive into 3/8 inches. Place these adhesive pieces behind your mirror glass, but not too close to its edges. This ensures that no silicone will seep out once you've pressed the glass in place.
Step 5: Position your replacement glass into the housing then press it firmly into place.
Step 6: Give the adhesive some time to dry (anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour) and you're all done installing your new mirror glass.