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Toyota Tacoma Mirror

A Few Tips in Cleaning and Maintaining Your Toyota Tacoma Mirror

Your Toyota Tacoma mirror can literally be your lifesaver. Unlike before, driving carefully is no longer enough to ensure your safety on American roadways. From time to time, you'll encounter blind-spot lurkers and drivers who failed to detect your presence and just suddenly merge into your line. Hence, it always pays to take good care of your "lifesavers" as they will give you the kind of surveillance you need for defensive driving. To maintain the functionality of your Toyota's mirrors, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Use only the right type of commercial cleaners on your car mirrors.

Auto mirrors can be cleaned using just white vinegar, water, and newspaper or clean cloth. Many drivers, however, trust commercial cleaners more. If you are one of them, make sure to stay away from ammonia-based cleaners. While ammonia is an ideal glass cleaner for your home, it can be harmful to many automotive surfaces and to your health as well. Ammonia causes vinyl, rubber, leather, and plastic to dry out, so if your mirror housing is made from one of these materials, you'd better get a new cleaner and just reserve your ammonia-based cleaner for home use. It is also a good idea if your cleaner has a non-smear solution as it will make sure that the mirrors are free of smears and dirt marks.

  • Make cleaning your car mirrors the final step in your thorough car wash.

It's best if cleaning your Tacoma's windows and mirrors would be the last step in your car wash. This will eliminate any overspray that the mirrors may have caught while you're cleaning and giving your body panels a neat and finished look.

  • Clean your car and your mirrors on a warm day but never in direct sunlight.

It is also a good idea to clean your Toyota Tacoma, including its mirrors, on a warm day, under a shade. If the cleaner you're using contains harsh chemicals and the sun's heat causes the cleaner to evaporate quickly, there's a chance that you'll inhale the fumes, and these may pose health risk. Even if you are using non-toxic cleaners, evaporation of such fluid before your towel hits the mirror glass can cause spotty residue.

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  • Toyota Tacoma Mirror: Some Tips in Replacing a Broken Mirror Glass

    With properly working mirrors in place, you'll always be informed of the road condition around your Toyota Tacoma. They also help you spot those drivers who make poor judgment and wrong decisions on the road, thus giving you time to change your course of driving to avoid any road mishap. But despite their importance on driving safety, most drivers only pay attention to their side mirrors when they break. Fortunately, you don't need to replace the entire mirror assembly just because the glass is broken. Also, replacing a broken mirror glass is easy and can be done without the help of a pro. With just a few basic tools and a little bit of time, your broken Toyota Tacoma mirror glass can be replaced without you being charged for an expensive repair. Here are some tips to help you pull off the DIY replacement easily:

    Tip #1: Purchase a mirror glass that's pre-cut to the specs of your car's mirror housing.

    One of the easiest ways to cut down the time needed for the replacement process is to get a mirror glass that's already shaped and cut to the exact specifications of the mirror base or housing. In most online sites, such mirror glass is labeled as vehicle specific. You may need to provide the online site with specific details about your ride, so it can find the product tailored to the exact specifications of your model's mirror housing.

    Tip #2: Make sure the mounting surface is clean.

    After ridding the mirror base of broken pieces of glass, sure enough, there will be some adhesive left on the mounting surface. Make sure to scrape all of them, and clean the mounting surface with alcohol wipes or a clean cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol. Allow the area to dry before proceeding with the installation. Doing so will make the adhesive stick well unto the mounting surface.

    Tip #3: Back up the adhesive strips at the back of the glass with rubber sealant.

    If the replacement mirror glass you've purchased already comes with adhesive strips on the back, don't rely solely on those strips in keeping the mirror glass in place. To be sure that the glass won't fall no matter how bumpy or speedy the ride gets, reinforce this tape with clear silicone adhesive or a thick bead of rubber sealant. Just make sure not to place them on the spots where the adhesive strips will come in contact with the mounting surface. It would also be wise if you'll hold the newly installed Toyota Tacoma mirror glass in place using a masking tape until the sealant cures.