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Re: Outside mirrors on my Previa look like they are about...
On the inside of the door, directly inside where the mirrors are there should be a triangular piece of moulding (plastic). Take a straight screwdriver and gently pry this piece off. Once that is off you will see..probably 3 nuts, 7 or 8mm.... all you have to do then is just tighten them up until they are snug, and replace the piece of moulding that you took off.
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remove the triangle trim piece on the interior side of door (usually snap on a delicate pry with a flat head screw driver will do the trick)
next remove the (3) 10mm nuts securing the mirror to the door, next unplug the mirror by squeezing the plug connector, pull the mirror of the outside of vehicle. Reverse this order during installation and you should be fine.
Note the mirror may fall and scrath the paint while the nuts are off, keep a hand on the old mirror to prevent from falling during removal
With my 4 runner, I had the same problem. All I needed to do was use a phillips head screw driver and tighten up a screw that is underneath the mirror housing. i.e. there is a screw hole on under side of the hosing for the mirror. Find that hole and tighten (it may seem tight already, but just give it a little bit more torque and see if that helps)
The driver and passenger side mirrors have a small rubber plug in the bottom center of the mirror housing. Remove the plug and there is a phillips head screw holding the mirror assembly. Tighten this screw about 1/8 turn and it will keep the mirror from moving around. If you remove the screw you can remove the mirror and drive motors. Use a bit of thread-lock to keep the screw from loosing again. Reinstall the rubber plug.
SECTION 501-09: Rear View Mirrors
2001 Explorer/Mountaineer Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Exterior Mirror Glass, 2001 model
Removal NOTE: Exterior mirror glass is serviceable only on vehicles built after July of 2001. NOTE: Passenger side exterior mirror shown, driver side exterior mirror similar. All mirrors
Position the glass in the full up position.
Locate the notch at the bottom of the exterior mirror glass.
Release the exterior mirror glass.
Insert a long flat-bladed screwdriver in the notch.
Push the screwdriver into the notch until the glass is released.
Position aside the exterior mirror glass.
Disconnect the electrical connectors.
Remove the exterior mirror glass (17K707) passenger side or (17T675) driver side.
Installation Heated mirrors
Connect the electrical connectors.
Position the exterior mirror glass on the exterior mirror motor.
Place a hand against the back of the exterior mirror housing and a hand flat against the exterior mirror glass. Press the glass in place until fully seated.
Piece of cake. Do not attempt to pop out the light from the bottom of the mirror. You WILL break the housing.
Power the mirrors upwards as far as you can. Then with a flashlight shine the light through the lower gap. Using a thin flat head screw driver or thin file (I used a file) lightly press the housing tab from the bottom side of the mirror away from the car itself. Use the tool to press in the tab then use the tool to move it down.
Make sure you do not press against the glass for leverage you will break the mirror.
Replacing the housing simply place the 2 tabs side of the housing towards the car. Gently press the housing upwards until it snaps into place.