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Toyota Van Mirrors

Common Issues with the Toyota Van Mirrors

Mirrors have been an indispensable safety feature in vehicles since vehicles were first invented. The amazing thing is how simple they function-requiring little more than a glance to "work." As such, mirrors are a fine addition to an already great vehicle like the Toyota Van. What better way to ensure that the family and friends you bring along for a ride in your van remain safe and sound than with a simple working mirror? Now, these mirrors are built to last a very long time, but they won't last forever. Here are a couple of things you can look out for to make sure that your mirrors go the distance.

Unresponsive adjustment controls for side mirrors

Whether you have the manually manipulated or electrically driven side mirrors, there comes a point when it becomes difficult to even control the movement of your windows. When this happens with the electrically driven side mirrors, it is actually much easier to quick fix in the sense that it will likely involve fixing up the wiring within the door frame. Unless you are an expert at this, it's best to leave it to a professional. Older, mechanical-type side mirror controls are somewhat more complex because they involve repairing a lot of mechanical parts. While it can be repaired with something as mundane as super glue, it's actually much better to have it replaced or even upgraded.

Loosely hanging rear view mirror

The most commonly damaged point on the rear view mirror involves the central pivot that attaches it to the windshield. Over time your constant manipulation of the rear view mirror loosens this contact point. If the rear view mirror has completely lost any slack and hangs limp, you could remedy the situation with a smaller-sized clamp to hold it in place. Ultimately, however, it ends up being more economical to replace the rear view mirror altogether.

Cracks and discolorations on the mirror surface

If you notice any cracks on the mirror surface, clear glue or epoxy is sufficient to hold it in place and give you access to the mirror's function. In the case of discoloration, it's normally due to a disintegration of the reflective layer of the mirror. You really can't repair discoloration, and at this point, your mirror has probably served you long enough that a replacement is a great idea.

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  • Keeping your Toyota Van Mirrors in Great Condition

    Even a much-respected veteran vehicle like the Toyota Van relies a lot on mirrors for safety. And if yours is used to transport your family about comfortably, you know that's a big priority. When we talk about mirrors on any vehicle, we're usually referring to the two side mirrors and a central rear-view mirror. The design, functionality, and appearance may vary over the years, but the essential technology remains the same-mirrors expand your situational awareness and maximize your view of your surroundings. It's for these reasons that taking care of them and making sure they're in the best condition should be a number one priority for you. Here are a few tips to get you started:


    Know your car's mirror.


    In order to fully, confidently maximize your appreciation of your mirrors, it's important for you to know exactly how yours-specifically-operates. Are your mirrors older models that you have to manually adjust, or did you upgrade to an electrically manipulated version? Are your mirrors of the standard size, or are they wider to allow for a greater field of vision? Are the specifically designed to magnify your view, or are they of the simple, normal variety? The key point here is that it is important that you know your mirror well enough to have a baseline to compare to when you assess for trouble.


    Check the car's mirror.


    The first half of checking your mirror involves checking on the physical attributes of the mirror. If it feels a bit loose, tighten the attaching screws or bolts. If the plastic enclosure is scratched, cuffed, or dirty, some cleaning may be in order. The second half involves evaluating the "performance" of your mirror. The question you should be asking yourself is: how do they stack up to what you experienced when the mirrors were brand new? Are they less clear? Maybe a little application of glass cleaner is in order. Are the mirrors starting to crack in certain areas? It might be time to consider replacing them. The extremely fragile nature of mirrors means that you cannot repair them to any appreciable degree. You could patch it up, but it won't help you out much anymore. Damage to the mirrors' surface necessitates immediate replacement.