I need to replace the mirror. There is one piece of inside trim (it is triangular) that I can't completely remove. I have unscrewed the one screw that has a little hatch, but cannot get the corner piece of the trim off. I am concerned about forcefully pulling it out, if there is something else I need to do first.
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There is actually two panels that you must take off in order to remove the mirror. It's the same for both sides. 1) The rounded triangular trim at the top front inside door comes off first. 2) Small square trim piece directly below it is next. Both can be removed with trim tools which you can get at any automotive store. Lordco, Napa, Princess Auto, Canadian Tire for example here in Canada. After the trim pieces have been removed you'll see three screw studs pointing inward towards the dash board. 3) You'll use a 10mm socket or a screwdriver with an adapter to take off the nuts. Be careful not to drop the nuts!! And thats it. The mirror housing will now come off of the door. 4) Replace with new housing and reverse the order in which you have just taken it off.
not too hard, behind the mirror on the inside there should be a triangular plastic cover, this will unclip with a little bit of levering with a screwdriver or flat blade.
once removed you should see a few holes in the door frame, in a few of those holes you will see at least 3 bolt heads, undo the bolts making sure you dont drop them inside the door cavity, there will also be a multi wire electric plug that you will have to seperate, the outside mirror can now be removed.
Dont try just replacing the glass as it involves almost destroying the whole mirror assembly, replace the complete mirror assembly
There is a triangular piece of plastic inside the door opposite the mirror. You remove the panel and you'll see 2 bolts. Remove the bolts and unplug the wire connector (if you have electric rear view mirrors) and the mirror will come right off. Installation is reverse.
Inside drivers door, just opposite of mirror there is a triangular piece of trim with one screw holding it. Remove this and foam padding and you will see the retaining nuts holding the mirror on. Remove these and unplug wire harness. Installation is the opposite
you may be able to remove the mirror inner trim panel (small triangular shaped trim piece above door trim panel)
to access the mirror mount.
If not then you will have to remove the trim panel for access to the back side of the mirror
On my '97, there was a triangular shaped piece of plastic on the inside trim that had to be removed. I think all three mounting screws were under that. It's been a few years, but I think that was how it was done. I remember it was pretty easy though.
I have a 2003 Mustang, but assuming it is the same then check the following:
Do you have a speaker (tweater) in the door or just a plastic triangular cover (trim piece) on the inside of the door? If yes, open the door. The trim piece clips in place with plastic lugs. Lifting from the back edge the piece should rotate out either exposing the tweeter or the 3 bolts holding the mirror in place. If the tweeter is there, you will need to remove the speaker first. The bolts for the mirror are attached to plastic, so do not overtighter the nuts when reinstalling or you will have to buy a second mirror. Hope this helps.
If you do not have the triangular piece (i.e. door panel is one piece), the Chilton's manual says the door trim panel must be removed first.
Both above answers are not right... I just replaced the Pass side power mirror assembly on my 97 Expedition. No heat, no directional. The inside door panel must come off. 1. pry off interior triangular plastic trim piece inside of door at mirror area. Remove door panel screw at this area. 2. Pry off power window switch panel and remove door panel screw at this area. 3.Remove interior door light cover and remove screw at this area. 4. Remove plastic cover at door handle. 5. The interior door panel can now be lifted up to release it from it's fasteners. 6. Disconnect light and push power window switch assembly through the door panel and it can be set aside. 7. Disconnect mirror power at coupler. 8 Loosen three mirror mounting screws with 7/16 socket. DO NOT unscrew completely.. the will fall down the door cavity. Use a round magnet on holder to remove the screws completely. 9.Thread electrical connection into door panel and install mirror. 10. Smile when mirror works and drink a beer! rayman