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Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Towing Mirrors

Common Issues with the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Towing Mirrors

The Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD towing mirrors allow you to see around the large trailer attached to your truck. Because your vehicle's stock side mirrors do not provide much view, using it even when you are towing a huge trailer will endanger you and your passengers. With towing mirrors, you can extend them out much farther, so you will be able to see behind your trailer. However, this component is not perfect and it is bound to go bad as time goes by. Should you encounter any of its common issues below, it is best to be armed with knowledge on how to deal with it correctly.

Towing mirror glass is vibrating

Over time, you may notice the glass in your towing mirror starting to vibrate. You will first see it shaking when it is extended, but then later find it also vibrating even when it is retracted. Sometimes, the shaking can get so bad that you can no longer make out what kind of vehicle is behind you.

If this happens to you, simply take out the glass and tighten the plastic retainer behind it. However, if your towing mirror is powered, then you can't do this trick. If the first quick-fix can't apply to your component, then look for a hole with a screw at the bottom of the mirror. This hardware is responsible for keeping the glass mounted. Tighten it using a screwdriver and test if that does the trick. If it still vibrates, then perhaps it is not the towing mirror's fault and you will need to get your tires balanced out. It is also possible that a bug shield or the headlight deflectors on your truck may be the cause of the vibrations.

Towing mirror does not move

As already mentioned, the prime difference of the towing mirrors with the stock side mirrors is that the first one can extend farther for you to see what's behind your truck and your trailer. However, if your mirrors are not moving at all, then there might be a problem with the fuses or the relays. Look for a blown fuse and check for any ground connections. Have the button panel examined to see that the connection is secure as well. You may also need to replace the switch.

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  • The Many Ways of Cleaning the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Towing Mirrors 27 February 2013

    As replacement parts for your stock side mirrors when you are bringing a trailer on your trip, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD towing mirrors are also meant as safety components. Because they extend quite far out, they can help you see around your trailer and view the surrounding vehicles. However, just like other components outside of your truck, the towing mirrors can also be subjected to getting dirty. The good news is there are many ways to clean them up, and here are some tips to help you get started.


    Cleaning solutions you can find in your own home

    You don't have to buy a special cleaner to get rid of the streaks and dirt on your towing mirror. Here are some tested-and-proven household products that can clean the component well:


    Vinegar

    Wash the towing mirror glass with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Then, dry it with a soft cloth. This should leave the mirror without any streaks. However, if there is still any visible water sprinkler spots, use undiluted vinegar instead.


    Lemon juice

    Mix one tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice in one quart of water. Apply it to the surface using a sponge and then wipe it dry.


    Baking soda

    Sprinkle baking soda on a damp rag and wipe the towing mirror glass with it. Note that you will have to take the glass out of its housing first. Then, rinse the component with clean water and polish it with a soft cloth.


    Other cleaning tips

    To polish the towing mirrors to a sparkling shine, use a natural linen towel, a chamois cloth, a squeegee, or a piece of crumpled newspaper. However, if your nose is sensitive to newsprint fumes, you might want to avoid using it as a cleaning tool. When mixed with certain chemicals, the smell of the newspaper can grow stronger.


    Even if the towing mirrors are spotless, you can still clean them with a soft cloth dampened in a mixture of clean water and mild dish soap.


    You can also use the same products that you use to clean the mirrors in your home as they can be sprayed on and wiped off without further rinsing.