Dodge Ram 1500 Mirrors
Common Hiccups and Quick Fixes for Your Dodge Ram 1500 Mirrors
These days, cars and trucks may come in different shapes, sizes, classes, and price ranges; however, mirrors will always be a constant in all of them. As a safety feature, they're absolutely indispensable, giving you a view of those areas that you simply aren't equipped to see-unless you have eyes in the back of your head, or the sides for that matter. Yet, as important as they are, most people just don't pay much attention to them until they malfunction or break down. So, here are a few things to look out for to determine if your mirrors need to be fixed.
Side mirrors: malfunctioning controls
Surprisingly, short of a rock to the mirror, the most common problem experienced with mirrors are in the structures that control and adjust them. Side mirrors have two ways by which they are controlled: electrical and mechanical. The former is the more modern of the two, with the controls a bit of a ways away from the mirror itself-usually on the door's armrest. The latter is the older and more common-usually a little joystick parallel to the mirror, inside the car. While these are generally very sturdy, they do sometimes wear out and become unresponsive or even loose.
For the electrical version, the fault usually lies in the wiring and is, surprisingly, an easier quick fix than the mechanical version. You just have to get at the wires by dismantling the cover of the door and reconnecting or replacing the damaged wires. The mechanical ones take longer to break down, but when they do, it's usually harder to repair because it involves cracked and broken-off plastic parts. In fact, when a mechanical window control starts to break down, it's better to replace it.
All mirrors: patching up damage
Mirrors are fairly fragile little things, and it isn't uncommon to have them break or crack over time. If you need to use them-and of course you do-as you drive down to a shop for a quick replacement, epoxy putty is effective as a temporary fix. Replacement really is the only way. A patched up mirror comes with problems of focusing-sometimes, the damage also impairs visibility. Since these mirrors do not cost too much, they're worth replacing the minute they start taking on damage.