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Jeep Wrangler YJ Mirror

Three Ways to Help Extend the Service Life of Your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Mirror

When changing the course of their drive, most drivers rely on their mirrors for safety. If they aren't able to check the situation around the vehicle, changing lanes, backing up, merging onto the highway, and/or coming into a halt can surely be disastrous. So if you want to protect yourself, your Jeep, and other pedestrians or off-roaders, make sure that your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) mirror set is always in good-working condition. Below are a few tips on how you can maintain your Wrangler's mirrors:

  • Use the right mirror glass cleaner.

After off-roading, it is necessary that you clean the mirror glass of your Jeep Wrangler mirrors. Of course, it should be done along with a thorough car wash. If you aren't washing the car yet but you feel like cleaning the glass because dust and some airborne particles have made it fuzzy, then make sure you use the right mirror glass cleaner and tools. When selecting a cleaner, it's good to go for a spray-on type. Stay away from products that contain alcohol, ammonia, or any ingredient that can produce toxic smell. Besides health concerns of inhaling toxic fumes, you also have to think about the product's impact on the environment.

  • Use several lint-free cloths when cleaning the mirror glass.

Whether you're washing the mirror or you're simply just wiping the dust off, make sure to use lint-free soft cloth to avoid scratching the glass. It's also wise to have several cloths—one cloth for wiping off the cleaner and the dirt and another one to buff the mirror surface to achieve residue-free shine. Have also another set of cloths for the other mirrors.

  • Check the mounting bolts once in a while.

Spare some time to check the mirror's mounting bolts as they, too, may need some cleaning. Even if they are hidden, moisture can still find their way into these bolts and can cause corrosion. You will need a pry tool to take off the panel or trim concealing the bolts that secure the side mirrors in their respective places. If there's any kind of dirt, clean the area and the backside of the panel covering it.

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  • A Few Tips to Keep in Mind When Replacing the Broken Glass of Your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Mirror

    When the inevitable happens and you just found your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) mirror broken, you are left without a choice but to have it replaced. The good thing about this is that, you can replace just the broken mirror glass alone and not the whole assembly as long as the housing is still intact and in perfect working condition. While the process is easy, it may take some time because you need to remove the loose pieces of glass and you have to be very careful in doing so to avoid hurting yourself. Here are some helpful tips in replacing a broken mirror in your Jeep Wrangler YJ:

    Tip #1: Wear leather gloves and eye protection.

    You will be dealing with broken pieces of glass and with one false move, you might find your fingers or hands bleeding, so it is a must that you wear leather gloves to protect your hands. It is also a good idea to protect your eyes with safety glasses just to be very sure that even if small pieces of glass flies out of the mirror housing while you're working on it, they won't get into your eyes.

    Tip #2: Exercise caution when picking away loose pieces of the broken glass.

    Allot ample amount of hours in doing this task, so you can carry out the removal of broken mirror pieces very carefully and without rushing. Remember that many accidents happen because the people involved are in a hurry. If possible, clear your schedule for the day unless you have another car that you can use because even if you're done with the DIY replacement, you can't just drive your car yet as you still have to let the sealant cure.

    Tip #3: Don't rely solely on the adhesive strips at the back of the glass.

    Some pre-cut replacement Jeep Wrangler (YJ) mirror already come with adhesive strips on the back. Do not rely on them alone especially if you frequently use your Jeep for off-roading. If the mirror glass isn't securely attached into the housing, it may fall off when the ride gets bumpy. To be sure that your new mirror will securely stay in place, use a rubber sealant. Apply a few large drops of the sealant ¾ inch from the perimeter of the plastic mirror retainer, making sure not to put them on areas where the adhesive strips will get in contact with the plastic base.