Toyota Corolla mirrors are essential parts of your vehicle. They may be small, but they play a very important role in keeping you safe. Because of their significance, you have to always make sure that they are working properly. Maintaining your mirrors involves cleaning and also troubleshooting whenever they show symptoms of failure. Detecting the problems early can help you perform the needed procedure to restore the normal operation of your mirrors. Here are the steps on how to diagnose mirror-related problems in your Corolla.
Modern Toyota Corolla models have electric-powered mirrors. These mirrors can be controlled and adjusted automatically with just one push of a button. But when the power mirror doesn't seem to work, you have to check the fuse immediately. The fuse box is usually found under the dash in all Corolla models. Locate the fuse labeled ECU-B 10 A. If this fuse looks bad and the copper ending is burnt, replace it with a new 15-Amp fuse.
A rear-view Toyota Corolla mirror is usually held in place by a base plate. This piece of metal or plastic is glued on to the windshield. A rear-view mirror may begin to wobble when the base plate gets broken or when the adhesive comes off. To verify the real cause of the trouble, inspect your mirror's mounting. Look closely to the connections, especially the screws. If the bolt is just a little loose, retighten it. But if the glue on the base and on the windshield has already dried up, you need to apply a new adhesive.
Oxidation is a common problem among glass mirrors. It makes the mirrors look hazy or foggy. When your mirrors look like this, you need to repair or replace them because they can get you involve in serious road accidents. To clean foggy mirrors, you just need alcohol and rag. You can also try applying shaving cream then wipe the grime off with a piece of cloth. For stubborn stains, use a glass cleaner and a squeegee. You can purchase these products at any local auto-part store.