Automotive parts like your car’s mirror and glass are absolute essentials as they provide road visibility. But these auto parts are naturally fragile, so it’s common for them to get broken. Replacing a broken mirror as soon as possible is advisable to ensure safety while driving on the road. The problem is that going to an auto glass shop or body shop can be expensive.
It doesn’t mean there’s no other way to fix it, though. You can save a lot of money by replacing your broken side mirror yourself. So where can you get your car’s side mirror fixed? The answer is: your garage.
Dealing with Side Mirror Glass
First, be sure to wear goggles and safety gloves when removing the shattered pieces of glass from the frame. You can use a scraper or any flat metal for this task. With a cloth, clean the remaining debris. Now get your aftermarket glass. Test-fit it before sticking it with adhesive pads or industrial glue. Then, set it in place and press firmly for at least 30 seconds. Modern cars already have their mirror glass snapped into the housing without the need for any glue.
Whole Side Mirror Broken
Going to an auto glass center for your side mirror to be replaced and/or repaired can be a hassle, especially if the entire assembly is broken. Follow this simple guide to replace a whole side mirror yourself:
Start by examining the car door as a whole. You’ll need tools like a flat screwdriver or scraper, a nut and bolt driver, and a spray touch-up paint. Remember: replacement mirrors don’t come pre-painted, so it’s advisable to paint your mirror housing beforehand rather than painting it when it’s already attached to the car.
Begin by removing the mirror trim panels. The trick here is to be very patient when finding the hidden screws when working on removing the panels. Usually, the manufacturer hides them with round plastic caps and are found in the armrest or door handles. Once all the screws are removed, disconnect the electrical connectors from the removable plastic panels. Please note that you just need to unclip the wires; there’s no need to cut them. Next, move on to the fasteners. Feel around your door panel. If you don’t have a panel remover, use your scraper or flat screwdriver to pop the door panel—it works just the same. Don’t forget to remove your latch cable before removing the door panel completely. Follow the cable from the mirror and disassemble the mirror’s electrical connector, then release the old damaged side mirror by unbolting the screws. Put your replacement side mirror and make sure to test it. And that’s it! As simple as that, you can reverse the procedure for reassembling.
Please note that there’s a simpler procedure for cars that have manual mirrors: you only have to work on the mirror trim panel, not the entire door panel.
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