The bracket that holds my side mirror in the mirror housing. Everything else about the mirror works fine (it electronic) I need to replace the bracket, but I can't see how to put the mirror back together once I have a bracket.
Yes, you will have to take the door panel off. I'm attempting to replace the passenger side mirror at the moment and have the old one out, but can't get enough access to the bolts to attach the new one without opening up the side panel.
I'm still looking into how to do this, as I haven't found the right sequence for removing it. I'll try to post how when I figure it out, as I also hate paying for a manual for simple repairs.
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As the miles and years pour on with a few examples, the side mirrors is an area that can cause some grief. Here is a brief write up on how to service the side mirrors on these cars.
Issue: Continuous clicking noise from mirror anytime the car is placed in reverse and the mirror only tilted half way down. Mirror was adjusted fine. My car is out of warranty.
Options: 1) New mirror-guessing here-$350.00-$500.00 installed. 2) Fix the current mirror using parts from another mirror. Mirror assembly does not need to be removed from car.
I picked up a side mirror for a pretty good deal off of Ebay and though it was not the correct color, I was only interested in the guts.
OK, first thing is to remove the mirror. Grab the mirror on the bottom and yank out with a quick tug towards you. The bottom of the mirror should pop out and then the top of the mirror slides out. You will then see the image below.Often times just one side of the bottom mirror comes out. Just pull on the other side. E-These two leads are for the mirror heater. Just pry them out from the mirror using a flat head. A-Those slots is where the top of the mirror slides into/out of during an R/R. B-This is where the mirror snaps into/or out of during an R/R C-Once the mirror is out of the way-remove this screw and the spring behind it. The white plastic square mirror holder can now be pulled out. Be gentle as there are two plastic worm bolts attaching this to the motor arms. Just give it a tug and work it out. D-Now remove these 3 phillip screws which hold the front and rear housing together. This is the tricky part as on the bottom right Marked E is a plastic piece that snaps both pieces together. Moving the housing up and down will get it to lodge loose. In my case the tiny little clip snapped but no big deal as the mirror goes back just fine. You may be able to pry into the inside end of the mirror by removing a plastic clip (not shown). Get this and everything else is easy.
To remove the rear light assembly for access to turn signals and brake lights: 1) Open the trunk to expose two screws. 2) Remove these two screws. 3) There are two brackets still holding the housing onto the car. Do NOT pull up and do NOT pull up on the housing; you will break the plastic pegs on the lamp housing.
4) Referring to the driver side lamp housing and facing the back of the car:
a) You can see these pegs and brackets on your left hand side if you pull the light housing GENTLY outward. The pegs are pointing into the vehicle from the left side of the car and stick into holes. There is also a spring bracket holding the housing on where the screws are.
b) To remove the housing from the brackets, push/pull the right side of the lamp housing outward and to the left. Do this carefully so that you do not break any of the plastic pegs. What you are looking to do is detach the housing from the spring bracket, and then push/pull the pegs from their holes. You are simply rotating the lamp housing out of the brackets.
Simply mirror instructions for removal of passenger side housing.
Replacement: This part is a little easier. Line the pegs up with the holes, and then push gently to line up spring bracket with it's hole. Then, push with a little force to get the spring in the hole. Make sure the pegs are in their holes or else it will be crooked and loose.
Take your time! You do not want to break the plastic. It should eventually come loose. With any plastic on your vehicle, be careful not to force it. Good luck!
most places sell the bracket (housing) along with the mirror and backing. The tricky part is trying to separate the backing from the housing as the pivot point and a bunch of clips and metal springs holding it on. Usually if you remove the backing, it's really hard to get it back on without breaking something. Safest and fastest IMO would be the following: 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 remove the bolts securing the mirror onto the door and disconnect the cable from the mirror
if nothings broken, there is four plastic tabs that clip it on to the center of the pivot. grab a balled up towel and line up mirror in frame,use towel to push evenly mirror back into bracket,youll hear-feel it go back on. be gentle!