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Re: How do I remove the door panel?
The mirror is actually a part of the door hinge and is very difficult to replace. Removing the door trim will give you access to the wires but are very difficult to fish through. The bolts holding the mirrior are hard to see also and are not in the door panel.
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To just replace the mirror glass there are a few different styles, but they all pull off. I suggest you wear gloves and glasses. Get a grip behing the glass and pull out. You should see a round circular bracket in the center. The new mirror just snaps into the bracket. Center new mirror and push evenly in the center of glass until it snaps into place. Dont push in by holding the edges, you'll break it. If you don't see the circle or it comes off with the glass it was too damaged for just glass. Power or manual mirros differ inside, but the mirror replacement is the same. If you mean the entire mirror only, remove door panel. Lower window, remove electrical connector if power, remove 3 bolts attaching mirror to door. Remove.
To replace the mirror of your car all you have to do is follow the process below,
Remove the plastic shards of mirror lens from the mirror shell,
If any of the shards are still stuck to the mirror, pull them off the motor and discard them,
Sweep any small shards out of the shell with a vacuum cleaner,
Place the new mirror lens into the mirror shell, the lens has a small metal bracket on the back of it that fits over the motor.
The tight fit of the mirror in the shell forces the bracket to line up with the motor.
Push the mirror bracket onto the motor by pushing on
the center of the mirror lens with your hand. You will feel the bracket
snap into place.
But if you want to remove the entire mirror, then you will have to follow the steps below for the DIY process:
To replace the outside mirror, the door panel needs be taken off to get to the retaining nuts and the wiring.
You will need a few common tools, Phillips
screwdriver, flat head screwdriver, and a 10mm socket and ratchet. No
special tools are required.
Remove the Phillips screws located in the arm rest.
Remove the screw in the door handle.
Remove any screws that may be located around the circumference of the door panel.
Use the common screwdriver and insert it in between
the door panel and the door and pry out the trim fasteners around the
circumference of the door panel.
These trim fasteners are plastic plugs with serrated
edges on the shank and pushed into holes on the door. Once these are
removed, lift the bottom of the door panel straight up to unlatch the
panel from the top horizontal ledge.
If the vehicle happens to be a Ford, it uses downward
facing hooks on the door panel that hook into the door. Simply lift
straight up to remove the hooks.
Bring the door panel just far enough to remove the door handle rods if necessary.
Disconnect the power window electrical connectors. Remove the lower door panel's marker light connector.
Disconnect the power outside-mirror electrical
connector and then using the 10mm socket, remove the three retaining
nuts on the backside of the outside mirror.
Withdraw the mirror and studs from the door.
Install the electrical connector for the new mirror
through the opening in the door and line up the studs on the mirror
with the holes in the door and push it through.
Install the nuts on the backside. Connect the electrical connector.
Hold the door panel close to the door and connect all the electrical connectors.
Tip the bottom of the door panel outward slightly to attach the top curved surface to the horizontal channel.
Lower the bottom of the door panel and line up the
trim fasteners with the holes in the door. Once lined up, push them
into the holes to hook the door panel.
Replace all the screws in reverse order of removal.
you must remove inside door panel all the screws going into door including screw for inside door handle. you will be able to reach it then. try not to break any brackets surrounding screws(you will have a loose door). took me 15-20 min.
it will have an inside black or grey cover depending on your interior, but for the most part there is only 3 10mm nuts holding it on but there may be a cover that will be covering those bolts if not you may or may not have to remove the entire door panel.
If the metal pivot arm is not broken you can just replace the glass and plastic housing. To remove the glass you tilt the glass down towards the floor and use a wide plastic or wood bladed object to prise from behind, the glass should pop off from its clips. Remember to catch it if its not damaged. To remove the housing once the glass is out you need to look underneath the mirror unit, there you will find a small plastic bung, gently prise it out and then use a long small flat bladed screwdriver straight up inside the hole and lever towards the front of the car whilst lifting straight up on the plastic housing, this should then lift off. To replace just slot the new housing on and click into place then fit the glass back, remember to connect the wires first if it is a heated glass.
If the metal pivot arm is broken then you will find the remaining screws behind the plastic trim inside the vehicle.