Troubleshooting Ford Ranger Mirror Problems
The Ford Ranger is advertised as one of the toughest vehicles on the road today, but it too has its share of fragile components. Among these are the various mirrors located on the exterior and interior of the Ranger. Basically of the same materials as the mirrors found in your house, Ford Ranger mirrors are highly vulnerable to damage. And once they do get damaged, a mirror might not provide sufficient vision of the blind spots in your vehicle. In this article, we'll break down three of the most common problems of Ford Ranger Mirrors and how to troubleshoot them.
Scratches are probably the most common problem in car mirrors, and dealing with a cracked mirror depends on the severity of the damage. Minor scratches can usually be buffed out by gently scrubbing the affected area with jeweler's rouge or whitening surface. However, if the scratch is deep and is seriously affecting your view of the mirror, we recommend having it replaced with a new one instead.
Usually occuring on the side mirrors, water spots are caused by hard water that contains large concentrations of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Once the droplets evaporate, the minerals are left behind as white reside of the mirror surface. Water spots can create hard-to-remove spots on the mirror, so they must be cleaned as soon as possible. To clean water spots, dip a lint-free rag on a vinegar and water solution and wipe the mirror with it in a circular motion. Dry the mirror with a clean cloth, and wipe the glass surface again with a rag soaked in scratch remover. Continue wiping until the spots disappear.
Whether it is large or small, cracks on the mirror glass are a serious problem which can only be solved by replacing the entire mirror glass. Trying to repair the glass by gluing it together will only result with a warped reflection which can only further hinder your visibility of the road. In addition, we also recommend checking the other components of the mirror assembly (such as the mirror defroster) to see if they are still in good condition.