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Ford F150 Pickup Mirrors

Ford F150 Pickup Mirrors Issues And Solutions

Your high-tech Ford F150 Pickup mirrors are your eyes on the road, aside from your headlights that is. If the windshield allows you to see what's in front of you, the rear view and side mirrors allow you to see what's around you. The mirrors are essential, not only for your own safety but for other motorists too. That is why broken and faulty mirrors should always be addressed as soon as possible. Here are some ways you can troubleshoot simple Ford F150 Pickup mirror issues:

Old-school replacement

For the old F150 trucks, the side mirrors look like the rest of the truck, durable and pretty much secure. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The Ford F150 Pickup side mirrors are actually quite easy to remove. Whether you have the old F150 or the newer ones with motorized mirrors, you can simply push the mirror all the way in until you hear a clicking sound. The clicking sound means you can simply pull the mirror out of the side mirror holder. Finally plop in the new mirror and push it into the holder making sure the ball at the back of the mirror connects to the round joint in the side mirror holder.

Blind spots

Despite modern technology of automated mirrors, you will still need to adjust the mirrors to remove your blind spots. If you have blind spots, then it means your side mirrors are far too wide. On the other hand, if you can see the sides of your car then it means your side mirrors are too narrowly positioned. Always adjust the side mirrors when getting in the car to customize to your perception. This is especially important if someone else drives your truck from time to time.

Cracked side mirror

Cracked or broken side mirror is more common than you think. There is a bad news and good news with this type of issue. The bad news is depending on the gravity of the damage, you either need to replace the mirror or the entire assembly itself. The good news is that both replacements are not so expensive and you can do the repair by yourself. You can easily do a first aid repair with a duct-tape. However, you would need to replace is as soon as you can. With mirror replacement, you can buy one for less than $100. The assembly or the side mirror itself can set you back for about $200. The assembly is a bit more complicated to install especially the electronic ones, but still doable for seasoned DIYers.

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  • Keeping It Clear -Ford F150 Pickup Mirrors Maintenance

    Your life and the life of other motorists rely heavily on the efficiency of your Ford F150 Pickup mirrors. As extensions of your eyes on the road, you have to prioritize keeping your mirrors intact. Most well- maintained mirrors can live as long as your vehicle and would only need replacements when damaged. Here are a few tips on how to take care your Ford F150 Pickup mirrors:

    Keep it lucid

    Just your eyes, dirt and dust decrease your mirrors' performance. Don't neglect your mirrors, especially the side mirrors, when washing your truck. Wipe your mirrors with a soft rag or even newspapers. You can also use the same products you use to clean glass in your home.

    Water spots off

    When you live in places where there is an abundance of hard water, which contains high levels of magnesium and calcium, water marks or droplets can appear in your windshield glass, not just the mirrors. It is important to remember not to let the water spots linger as they will be harder to get rid of in the long run. The moment you notice a water spot, bring out white vinegar and a lint-free cloth. Just soak the cloth into the water and vinegar solution, and then wipe the entire surface in a circular motion. This might take a few minutes but it will remove the water marks and prevent them from coming back.

    Replace if it's broken

    Replace the mirror if it's already broken. Nothing can save a broken Ford F150 Pickup mirror. The good thing is that replacing it is not so heavy in the pocket and easily done. If you keep the broken mirror inside the side mirror assembly, not only does it impale your side vision, but it you also risk further damage to your side mirror holder especially if it's the electronic kind. Constant movement will eventually take its toll on the duct tape you have put your faith in, and will cause the broken glass to damage the wires in the side mirror holder. Remember that it is less expensive to replace a cracked mirror than a damaged side mirror assembly.