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  • Expect to pay anywhere from $200 to upwards of $500 to replace a side mirror. The job can be even more costly if you have a high-end luxury or performance car.
  • To replace a side mirror yourself, you’ll need screwdrivers, a ratchet, appropriate sockets and wrenches, and safety glasses.
  • Always check factory repair information when it comes to replacing side mirrors because it might involve removing the door panel. Also, the mirrors and switches of some vehicles will need to be programmed after replacement.

There are several reasons why you might want to replace one of your car’s side mirrors. Maybe some dimwit sideswiped you and knocked off your mirror. Or perhaps you’ve got a power mirror with a burnt-out motor.

Regardless of why you want to replace your side mirror, generally, the procedure is pretty straightforward. On some vehicles, however, the door panel must be removed to access the mirror fasteners. And that can make the job more complicated.

, How to Replace a Side Mirror
Replacing your car’s side mirror is a pretty straightforward process although on some vehicles, the door panel must be removed to access the mirror fasteners.

What Tools Do You Need to Replace Your Side Mirror?

The tools needed to replace a side mirror vary, depending on what type of car you have. But, in general, you’ll need:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Ratchet, appropriate size sockets and wrenches
  • Safety glasses

Should You Do the Job Yourself?

Replacing a side mirror is typically pretty easy. Plus, unlike some other tasks, such as replacing your brakes, vehicle safety is unlikely to be compromised if something goes wrong.

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That being said, you could also damage your vehicle if the job is done incorrectly. You could also end up wasting a lot of time or even hurt yourself.

So, if you feel like you’re up to the task, go for it. Otherwise, leave it to a professional.

Side Mirror Replacement

Now we get to the fun part: replacing the side mirror. Are you ready to grab some tools and get dirty? Good.

Before we start, however, keep in mind that all vehicles are different. Be sure to follow the repair information for your specific application. Repair manuals, such as those from Chilton, are useful, but an ALLDATA subscription is even better. ALLDATA has single-vehicle subscriptions for DIYers that provide detailed factory repair information.

Note: The following are general guidelines for educational and entertainment purposes only. Consult your vehicle’s factory information for specific repair instructions and recommended safety procedures.

How to Remove a Side Mirror

  1. Put on your safety glasses.
  2. Lower the window completely.
  3. Remove the upper trim finish panel (the small triangular-shaped piece in front of the mirror) from the interior door. Generally, this procedure involves freeing the panel from retainer clips or removing a retainer screw.
  4. Remove the rear view mirror sound insulator (or foam pad, if equipped).
  5. Disconnect the mirror electrical connector (if equipped).
  6. Remove the mirror retaining fasteners.
  7. Remove the mirror by pulling it away from the door.
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How to Install a Side Mirror

  1. Compare the new mirror assembly to the old mirror assembly to be sure both are the same design.
  2. Mount the new mirror in the door.
  3. Reinstall the mirror assembly mounting bolts and carefully tighten them down until they’re snug. Do not overtighten. If needed, you can consult the factory repair information and use a torque wrench to tighten the fasteners to manufacturer specifications.
  4. Reconnect the electrical connector (if equipped).
  5. Reinstall the rear view mirror sound insulator (or foam pad, if equipped).
  6. Reinstall the upper trim finish panel.

Side Mirror Replacement Tips

On some vehicles, the door panel must be removed to access the mirror retaining fasteners. If your application requires this step, be sure to take your time and follow the factory repair information. Door panels are made of plastic that’s easy to break.

Also, some vehicles will need the mirrors and switches programmed after replacement. For example, if not programmed, sometimes the power folding functions will not work properly, as the mirror needs to learn what is folded in and folded out.

Check out these videos for tips on how to replace your side view mirror:

Get a Replacement Side Mirror that Suits Your Car

While a bad side mirror won’t immobilize your car, it’s better to replace the damaged part before returning to the road. Driving with a broken or damaged mirror can significantly affect your visibility of the road and other vehicles around you, which can lead to accidents Fortunately, you can easily get a replacement side mirror at CarParts.com.

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About The Author
Written By Automotive Subject Matter Expert at CarParts.com

Mia Bevacqua has over 14 years of experience in the auto industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in Advanced Automotive Systems. Certifications include ASE Master Automobile Technician, Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician, L1, L2, L3, and L4 Advanced Level Specialist. Mia loves fixer-upper oddballs, like her 1987 Cavalier Z-24 and 1998 Astro Van AWD.

Any information provided on this Website is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace consultation with a professional mechanic. The accuracy and timeliness of the information may change from the time of publication.

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