The mirrors on your Saturn Ion serve as extensions of your eyes. The safety of the people in your vehicle and the ones on the road depend on how clear you can see through the windshield and your mirrors. Given the gravity of its role, your Saturn Ion-2 mirror should always be in good shape. Most mirrors are built to last and do not need regular replacements, unless they are irrevocably damaged. Check out the following Saturn Ion-2 mirror problems you can easily troubleshoot.
One issue that the Ion 2 mirrors have is when its power mirror refuses to work. Since you can't manually manhandle the mirror to adjust it, you rely on electronic switches. Now, if you noticed that the mirror can move up and down but not left or right then it will be the switch. You just need to replace the broken switch and the mirror should be back to normal.
It is a general knowledge that when a power mirror refuses to move at all then it could be the fuse. In fact, most people check the fuse first before anything else. Begin with pulling out the fuse box and hunting for the blown fuse. Inspect the fuse individually and check for dark discoloration and melting evidence. Check the insides as well to confirm if the metal connectors inside have separated. Once you identified the blown fuses, remove them gently and replace them with new ones.
Blown fuse not only stops your mirror from functioning but it also causes the wires to overload and melt. If you find the blown fuse, check the condition of the wires and locate the melted ones. Once you've identified them, cut out the melted wires and replace them with new ones. Make sure you connect them properly with wire crimpers.
Most side view mirrors that were manufactured after 1985 were equipped with collapsible mirrors. So unlike the older vehicles, the Saturn Ion-2 mirror can be fixed by part. Aside from its electrical parts, you can also replace the glass mirror inside should you break it. Make sure you remove the entire damaged glass before installing the new one. It certainly beats replacing the entire side-mirror assembly.
If, by absolute unlucky chance, you end up with a severely damaged side-view mirror assembly, then you would have to bite the bullet and buy a replacement. And this is not only for appearances' sake. Driving without a side-view mirror is not only unsafe, but it is also against the law in any state.