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Dodge Grand Caravan Mirrors

Working out the Problems on Your Dodge Grand Caravan Mirrors

The Dodge Grand Caravan mirrors offer excellent visibility of the road behind, including blind spots. Without these mirrors, parking or backing up would be a big challenge. Since they stick far out from the side of the van, the mirrors often sustain damage from sideswipes, changing weather conditions, and various objects on the road. Below are some of the issues you might have with your Dodge Grand Caravan mirrors and ways on how to resolve them:

Power mirror malfunction

The power-mirror function on your vehicle allows you to control the mirrors without having to stick out your arm outside the windows. This is one of the greatest innovations in automobile technology, but it is also one of the most troublesome to date. When the power function goes off, you won't be able to adjust the position of the mirrors from inside your vehicle, making it difficult for you to see the cars behind you. The problem is most likely due to a blown fuse or a faulty wiring connection. Replace any blown mirror fuse to restore the capacity of your vehicle's power mirrors. If the fuses are okay, but the problem is still there, check the mirror wiring located inside the inner-door panel. Securely attach any loose wiring-the mirrors should be functional after this procedure.

Scratches on the mirror's surface

Nicks on the mirror's surface are inevitable since the mirrors are exposed to various elements on the road. Scratches can be detected through a simple visual inspection. For light scratches, you can use a jeweler's rouge or toothpaste to smoothen out the scruff. Use a car mirror buffer to even out the surface. Large mirror scratches may no longer be fixed-you need to replace the glass itself to have an unobstructed view of the road.

Water spots

Water spots, no matter how tiny they may be, will always be a nuisance. They're not only unsightly, but they are also damaging to your vehicle's mirrors if not removed right away. These spots, brought by dried hard water, can be easily removed by wiping the mirror's surface with a dry newspaper. If the water spots don't come off easily, you can spray the mirrors with an automotive glass cleaner and wipe them off with a clean cloth. Alternatively, you can mix equal parts of vinegar and water to dissolve the hardened minerals on the mirrors.

  • How to Keep Your Dodge Grand Caravan Mirrors Clean

    Constant exposure to the ever-changing weather and road dirt makes your Dodge Grand Caravan mirrors less efficient than they're supposed to. Grime buildup and scratches on your automotive mirrors obstruct your view of the road. To ensure that your vehicle's mirrors are always in top condition, follow the cleaning tips outlined below:

    Use only gentle cleaning products on the mirrors.

    Most soaps and laundry detergents contain chemicals that can trigger a nasty reaction from your automotive mirrors. When cleaning off dirt buildup from the mirrors, make sure to use products that are made specifically for automotive mirrors. If you're unsure of what commercial cleaning products contain, you can use homemade cleaning solutions that are not only inexpensive, but are also easy to find and use.

    Wipe off any water spot from the mirror's surface.

    Water spots may be inevitable, but that doesn't mean you should leave them to dry on your vehicle's mirrors. Spray the mirrors with an automotive glass cleaner and wipe off with a soft cloth or newspaper. Newspaper works well in removing tough water stains on mirrors, but make sure that you don't rub the water spots too hard that you transfer ink onto the glass.

    Avoid scrubbing the mirrors too hard.

    Abrasive cleaning materials such as steel wool pads can scratch the mirror's surface if too much pressure is applied while cleaning. If you have to use coarse cleaning materials in scraping off grime from the mirrors, make sure that you apply gentle pressure so as not to create more damage. A soft cloth or a piece of newspaper should be enough to remove the dirt from the mirror's surface.

    Clean the mirror housing as well.

    The nooks in automotive mirrors are home to a lot of dirt and debris from the road. You need to clean the recesses as well to ensure that the mirrors operate well as they should. When dirt is trapped in the crannies, you might have a difficult time adjusting the position of your mirrors, especially the powered ones. Use a soft-bristled brush to scrape out any dirt buildup from the recesses.