A Clear Look at the Problems of Toyota Tacoma Mirrors
Side mirrors extend the driver's vision, even on spots that normal sight prohibits. Before, the side mirrors can only be adjusted manually. Nowadays, they are controlled electronically. In addition, side mirrors have heaters and automatic dimming to adjust for glare from vehicles behind. They have become more advanced, technologically speaking. Ironically, because of these advancements, there are plenty of things that could go wrong with the once simple side mirrors. Here are just some of the frequent problems encountered with the side mirrors of today.
Problems with the wires
Since virtually all side mirrors are electronically managed today, some wiring problems might plague the side mirrors of the Toyota Tacoma. The wires don't just deliver power to the side mirrors to heat or tilt them to desired directions; they also send signals for the mirrors to properly adjust. Once the side mirrors become unresponsive to these commands, then the wires are to be blamed most likely.
Problems with the fuse
If there is no problem with the wires, then the next sensible part that may have a problem is the fuse. The side mirror fuse is responsible for telling the ECU that the side mirrors need to be supplied with power. Without it, the ECU won't be able to recognize the presence of the side mirrors, and therefore it cannot be controlled remotely.
Problems with the connectors
The wires need to have something to touch in order for it to relay the signals and the electricity coming from the car. Sometimes, the connectors of the side mirror can get dirty or loose. Because of this, the communication between the wire and the connectors is virtually cut.
Problems with the switch.
Sometimes, the problems don't lie with the side mirrors but with the switch. The switch delivers signals and commands to the side mirrors, and if it is not able to do so, then checking it would be the way to go.
Problems with visibility
The side mirrors could get dirty because it is located outside the vehicle. Dirt, grime, and hard water could get deposited within the gaps and on the mirrors itself, preventing adjustments and clear visibility. You can use glass cleaners to break these deposits up and wipe them with a lint-free cloth.