Indications of a Defective Toyota Tacoma Mirror Glass
The mirrors on your Toyota Tacoma are fragile and delicate. You may have not touched the glasses or adjusted the mirror assembly for a long time, but they still need your attention because they are constantly exposed to dirt and particles. In fact, especially in rough terrain, debris could have scratched the mirror glasses. Even in parking lots or during cold weather conditions, you may find the mirror glasses to exhibit signs of cracking, which may eventually lead to them shattering. If you suspect them to have already degraded, then better inspect the glasses and perform some troubleshooting. Here are a few indications of defective Toyota Tacoma mirror glasses and the reasons behind them:
Hardened water spots
These hardened water spots can be irritating. You can try wiping the spots several times, but you may soon find it ineffective. Unlike normal stains, these hardened water spots are a little trickier to remove. These spots are primarily caused by excessive mineral deposits in your water. A possible reason for the water to harden is improper maintenance, and the most common culprit is forgetting to dry the parts thoroughly. Luckily, a few household tools can help solve the problem. All you need is a solution of part water and two parts vinegar. Simply spray it on the mirror glass and allow it to settle a few minutes. Once done, scrub and rinse the glass with wet paper towels. Afterwards, dry thoroughly with a clean rag.
Scratches and scrapes
Scratches, scrapes, and cracks are easily detected. When you leave them as they are, there may come a time that the damage may worsen and cause the mirror glasses to shatter. So, once you see a hint of cracks and scratches, you had better prepare some buffing tools. Fortunately, there are several cheaper alternatives than the ones available in the auto market. For instance, you may just use ordinary white toothpaste to buff the mirror glass. Just make sure that the glass is cleaned first.
Shattered mirror glass
When cracks on the mirror glass are left unaddressed, they may worsen and eventually shatter the part. This is usually the case with car owners living in areas with extremely cold weather conditions. Sadly, your only options are to buy a new mirror glass or replace the whole assembly.