Common Problems with Toyota Land Cruiser Mirrors
The Toyota Land Cruiser mirrors let you have a visual access to the environment behind and on the sides of your car while you drive, helping you ascertain your distance from them. But since they constantly get exposed to harsh elements, a number of problems can arise especially on the mirror glass. Here are some of the most common problems you may encounter with your Toyota Land Cruiser mirrors.
Fading silver backing
This is a classic problem when it comes to mirrors. The silvered layer at the back can peel off over time, especially when moisture reaches it. The peeling usually starts from the edges when the rubber or plastic that hugs the mirror glass becomes quite brittle, allowing moisture to come in contact with the silver backing. When this happens, the mirror can no longer be restored and will require you to get a new glass mirror.
Since the side mirror assemblies are sticking out of the vehicle, they are quite prone to impact damage, which may cause a number of problems with the window motor. When the motor does not work, you won't be able to make angle adjustments that may be crucial to your driving needs. The problem may be caused by faulty nylon gears inside the motor. At other times, the mirror motor does not work because of a faulty master control switch. The switch usually fails when it frequently gets wet every time you crack open the driver-side window or open the driver-side door in a pouring rain. In other cases, though, the electrical contacts of the switch might just be filled with dirt and dust, hindering the flow of current.
Hard water stains
If you are living in an area with hard water, your Toyota Land Cruiser mirrors can accumulate hard water stains. This is brought about by the excessive mineral deposits present in the water you use every time you wash your car. Add to that the fact that you may not be thoroughly drying the mirrors after washing. When the stains become too numerous, they become obstacles to clear vision. Aside from this, they are also ugly, unsightly marks that are just annoying.