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Re: Replacing passenger side mirror
You have to buy the whole mirror because they are specially made to have better view, and some times there is a little plastic molding inside that snap out to remove the bolts, but some times you have to remove the whole door panel in order to do it.
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Not sure of the X5 but on the M3 the mirrored glass portion of the driver side view mirror just "popped" onto the motor carrier in the housing. It was a little nerve racking removing and replacing the glass (my motor had died) but with care its possible. Suggest going to RealOEM.com site and enter vehicle vin information then go to vehicle trim and then outside mirror for details of assembly
i just replaced the passenger side on mine and this is what i did.
1. on the back side of the mirror housing is a half moon shaped plastic piece. gently remove that from the housing, exposing a portion of the back side of the mirror.
2. disconnect the two wires (remember rt and lf). carefully, with a pry tool, apply pressure on the center of the back side of the mirror, it will pop loose.
3. once the mirror is off there should be a round plastic piece attached to the back side of the mirror. on the passenger side there is a tab in the upper left side. lift up on the tab and slide the plastic piece down...it should slide off.
4. once you have the plastic piece off it goes on the back of the new mirror in the opposite way. you line up the four cross tabs and slide the mirror up until the tab grabs it.
5. put the mirror back in the housing by lining the circle (on back side center of mirror plate) with the center of the mirror housing. genlty apply pressure on the center of the mirror (i had to hit it firmly with the palm of my hand) unitl it snaps into place.
6. once it snaps into place you can reconnect the two wires to the back of the mirror and install the back side plastic housing......DONE
goto 'redi cuts
goto 'instalations', here it tells you how to replace all the different styles of mirrors. I think yours is a "snap fit / drop fit". You can buy a replacement mirror (like a burco) from your local glass shop or check with your dealership (but they may want to sell you the entire mirror head assembly)
*******make sure you get an automotive mirror (FMVSS 111 approved) Not house hold mirror that someone has cut.*******
hope this helps
SECTION 501-09: Rear View Mirrors
2002 Explorer/Mountaineer Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Exterior Mirror Glass
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.
they have to be pryed off gently.Once you have it of gently press on the new mirror glass until you hear it click into place.Take your time they are a little difficult sometimes.I have had better results replacing entire mirror but costs more.hope this helps
I'm pretty sure the light is part of the glass. The mirror glass is available seperately. Check Ebay or tascafordparts.com for a discounted part. Or, car-part.com for used one. Page with * is lowest price.
here is 2003 Nav. I don't have 2004. May be similar. please give good rating if this help. Good luck
----- Removal and Installation
Position the mirror glass to obtain a gap at the top edge of the mirror and carefully pull the top edge of the glass away from the mirror housing.
Disconnect the heated mirror electrical connectors.
Remove the exterior mirror motor screws and exterior mirror motor.
If you need to replace the entire mirror - it's a little involved. First you need to take the upper extension panel off from behind the mirror (black triangle) - just pull it of starting at the top. It will snap back on later. Next - remove the different screws holding the door panel in place (not the ones behind the mirror yet!) One is under the handle (pull it out and pull out the filler panel - small plastic thing that has a hole to pry it out). Then take off the rear red light - also pops off - and remove that screw. Finally - pick up the rubber filler where your fingers pull the door shut and remove these torx bolts.
Now is the tricky part. Snapp off the entire interior panel. It will pop off - but very difficult. It will sound like it is breaking! Start at the outer bottom corner - and use a door panel remover tool - check Amazon or E-bay - to keep from breaking things. Pull it out from all around the bottom and sides and then lift it up over the door lock. It good to have a friend help here. The panel will still be held on by a cable - that is your door release - leave it alone and let the panel hang by it (or better, put a box under it to rest on).
Now...remove the three bolts holding the mirror on - have a friend help hold the mirror while you do this or it will scratch your new car! Since the inner panel is off - you can also disonnect the mirror plus and remove it. It sounds silly - but the only reason to remove the door panel is to unplug it!
Get you new mirror and reverse the steps.
If you are just replacing the glass (non-heated) - get a replacement from the dealer. Adjust the mirror all the way to the inside and reach behind and pop it off. CAREFUL - put tape over the entire glass as it will likely break even more! Remove your connectors if heated - and replace (and reconnect) with your new glass. It just pops back on!
Replacing glass is easy - just be careful of cheap imitations on e-abay). And never use cheap flat glass on the passenger side! The DOT has special requirements for mirror glass - buy it from gmpartsdirect.com or your local dealer.