Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
Is it legal to install a Toyota Camry passenger mirror with flat or tinted glass?
Answer: According US traffic laws, all passenger's side or right side mirrors should have a convex glass installed rather than a flat one. This is because convex glass helps drivers see their surroundings better and widen their visual field. It is also stated that every registered vehicle should have a mirror that will allow a driver to see for at least 200 feet to the rear of the car. Tinted and/or flat glass mirrors decrease the distance at which a driver can see and therefore are not fit to be used while driving. So be on the right side of the (driving) law, always install passenger's side mirrors with convex glass.
The side mirror on a Toyota Camry needs to be replaced. What kind of mirror should be installed as a replacement: an electric mirror or the manual type?
Answer: An electric mirror is a kind of side mirror that is electronically controlled and usually comes with a variety of options that can be adjusted through a button. Some of these features include heating, dimming, lighting, and positioning options. This type of mirror offers more convenience and control for drivers who are always on the road. Manual mirrors, on the other hand, are basic mirrors wherein its glass can only be adjusted by hand. A stock side mirror on a Toyota Camry is usually electrically powered. However, not all electrical mirrors are the same. If the stock mirrors are fitted with other functions, it will have additional wires plug to it as well. The number of wires will depend on the number of additional functions the Toyota Camry mirror has. So if the original side view mirror have auto dimming, memory, and heat options, the replacement electric mirror should come with 3 connectors or wiring harness for it to fit perfectly to the car.
There are two types of mounting for rearview mirrors. Which kind would be most compatible to a Toyota Camry?
Answer: The kinds of rearview mirrors are differentiated according to how they are mounted to the car's windshield. The first type of rearview mirror is the wedge-type mirror. These are replacement rearview mirrors that are mounted on the existing wedge found on the windshield. However, this type is more common for domestic cars, such the Dodge, Chevy, and Chrysler, and will not fit on a Toyota Camry. Foreign cars are more likely to be fitted with the second type of rearview mirror--the camlock-type mirror. This kind of mirror is usually attached to the Camry's windshield using a camlock adapter. Most camlock mirrors don't come with an adapter. So when replacing rearview mirrors, one must be sure to purchase an adaptor along with the replacement rearview mirror.