Re: remove passenger mirror on 1996 mustang covertable.
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.
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1. remove the door panel by pulling lightly on the door panel.
2. remove the tweeter (small black thing in the corner of the door in front of the mirror).
3. unplug mirror if electric
4. remove the 3 mirror retaining bolts
5.replace with new mirror and reverse these steps
On the inside trim, you can remove screws that are by the door handle,
arm rest, under door and side of door and then gently pull back on the
panel as there will also be retaining clips attached and you don't want
to break them. You'll need to lift the door panel upwards in order to
get it off the window ledge. Then you'll need to manipulate the panel
and disconnect the door handle linkage from the door handle and
disconnect the wiring for your controls. Then you can access the bolts that secure the mirror onto the door
If you pull off the triangular black plastic trim behind the mirror, you will see the mirror wiring. If there is no plug, you will have to pull off the door panle. .....SOME Japanese cars have the plugs, but not all of them...Americian built cars do not. They are different.
You must first remove the door panel, trace the wiring and disconnect the harness.
There are several screws attaching the door panel, so be careful. These must be removed first to allow all sides to come free.