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Toyota Land Cruiser Mirrors

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.

Motor problems

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.

  • Easy-to-Follow Tips to Care for Toyota Land Cruiser Mirrors

    The Toyota Land Cruiser mirrors are especially useful when you want to change lanes while driving through the Interstate or any highway, for that matter. If ever you need to drive without one of your side mirrors, a traffic officer can pull you over because of it and may give you a "fix it" ticket. Even though it is not illegal to drive without one of the side mirrors, it is still hazardous and may cause you accidents. On the other hand, even if you have both but are filled with scratches and covered with stains, you can still have difficulty seeing what's behind or beside your vehicle. That's why it is very important to take care of them. Here are some easy tips you can follow to keep them in tip-top shape:

    Remove scratches.

    The Toyota Land Cruiser mirrors are constantly exposed to nature's harsh elements. For this reason, they can get nasty scratches. You can be able to remove such scratches yourself by simply using regular toothpaste and a sharp razor blade. Begin by thoroughly cleaning the mirrors with glass cleaner and a lint-free towel, and then apply a small amount of toothpaste to the scratches. Remember to use only the regular toothpaste-whitening ones may have small crystals that can cause more scratches. Allow the toothpaste to dry for about five minutes, and afterwards, remove the excess with the razor blade. Rinse away any residue and dry the mirror thoroughly with a lint-free towel.

    Remove hard water stains.

    Hard water stains are very common to automotive mirrors if you live in an area with hard water. To remove those annoying, vision-impeding stains, simply use a solution of 1 part water and 2 parts vinegar. Spray the vinegar onto the hard water spots and let it sit for about five minutes. Then, scrub the mirrors using wet paper towels. To dry them, use a clean paper towel or a soft rag. If the stains still persist, mix 3 parts baking soda and 1 part vinegar to obtain a paste-like consistency. Apply this onto the surface of the mirror glass and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Afterwards, rinse it all off with clean water. Once done, make sure you dry the mirrors thoroughly using either a paper towel or a soft rag.