Tired of how other drivers seem to ignore your turn signals? Wish you could increase your driving visibility to avoid colliding with these stubborn drivers? Then we suggest hitting two birds with one stone with the turn signal mirror glass. It's more than just a side mirror and it's definitely more than just a turn signal light. This OE or add-on component is a hybrid of your regular mirrors and turn signals. As is implied by its name, this mirror is designed to let you see vehicles situated behind and beside your ride while giving ample warning to oncoming drivers each time you activate your turn signals. To get your message across loudly and clearly, this turn signal mirror glass comes with a flashing red chevron light that lights up to indicate that you're about to turn or shift lanes. That way, drivers situated beside your ride won't have the excuse that they didn't see your rear turn signals light up. And because these mirrors are available in heated designs, you can also prevent light snow from clouding up your view of the road behind you. With the numerous benefits offered by this turn signal mirror glass, you can boost your driving safety no matter how adverse your driving conditions get.
Mirror Glass Buyer's Guide
- The mirror glass is the reflective component of a side view mirror assembly. These external rear view mirrors are on each end of the dashboard where they meet the vehicle door.
- A side mirror glass allows the driver to observe cars and objects behind and on the sides of the vehicle.
- There are two types of mirror glass used on side mirror assemblies—a flat mirror for the driver’s side and a convex mirror for the passenger side.
- Mirror glass features include blind spot mirrors, blue mirrors, heated mirrors, and built-in turn signal lights.
- The driver’s side mirror glass is typically flat because it is installed closer to the driver at an angle wherein distortion of the image is not necessary to improve visibility.
- A convex mirror compensates for the angle between the driver and the passenger side mirror by distorting the reflected image to extend the driver’s field of vision.
- Blind spot mirrors provide a wider view of the rear of the vehicle to prevent blind spots, especially for larger trucks or RVs that have to tow trailers.
- Auto-dimming side mirror glass is sandwiched between layers of electrochromic gel that automatically dims the reflection depending on the detected brightness in the surroundings.
- Heated mirrors come with built-in heating elements that keep their surface clear from moisture and ice while driving in colder climates.
- The cost of a side mirror glass will vary depending on your vehicle’s specific make and model. In general, OE replacement mirror glass will cost you somewhere between $1 for a basic mirror to $433 for something that comes with built-in heating and turn signal light capabilities.
- Whenever a side mirror glass is cracked or shattered, it cannot be repaired and must only be replaced.
What is a side mirror glass?
The mirror glass is the reflective component of a side view mirror assembly. These external rear view mirrors are on each end of the dashboard where they meet the vehicle door. They are made from tempered auto glass—a heated and rapidly cooled single-ply sheet of glass. This type of method is used in fabricating these mirrors to prevent them from shattering into sharp pieces upon impact.
What is a side mirror glass for?
A side mirror glass allows the driver to observe cars and objects behind and on the sides of the vehicle. There are two types of mirror glass used on side mirror assemblies—a flat mirror for the driver’s side and a convex mirror for the passenger side. Their differences will be discussed in the next section.
This exterior reflective component allows you to have a better view of the surroundings of your vehicle so that you can easily switch lanes, safely make turns, and park your car with no problems.
Types of side mirror glass
There are two main types of side mirror glass: flat and convex mirrors. These two types of replacement mirror glass may also come in combination with several mirror glass features such as blind-spot mirrors, blue mirrors, heated mirrors, and built-in turn signal lights.
Flat mirrors (driver side)
The driver’s side mirror glass is typically flat because it is installed closer to the driver, at an angle wherein distortion of the image is not necessary to improve visibility. This also means that this mirror glass reflects the actual size and location of the objects and vehicles on the road.
Convex mirrors (passenger side)
On the other side of the vehicle is a convex mirror that is installed in the passenger side-view mirror. These mirrors often come with the warning, “Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.” Due to the distance between the driver and the passenger side mirror, using a flat mirror would provide a limited view of the right rear side of the vehicle. A convex mirror is able to compensate for this and extend the field of vision of the driver by distorting the reflected image.
These mirrors are either built into the convex mirror or installed as an added attachment. As its name suggests, these provide a wider view of the rear of the vehicle to prevent blind spots, especially for larger trucks or RVs that have to tow trailers.
Side mirrors are similar to one-way mirrors because they reduce the amount of glare or light reflected back to the driver, preventing a blinding effect. Auto-dimming side mirror glass is sandwiched between layers of electrochromic gel that automatically dims the reflection depending on the detected brightness in the surroundings.
This type of mirror glass comes with built-in heating elements that keep its surface clear from moisture and ice while driving in colder climates. To check if your mirror is heated, simply look for a pin-striped grid connected to a small wire at the back of the glass panel.
Mirrors with built-in turn signal lights
Built-in turn signal lights on the mirror itself increase your vehicle’s visibility while switching lanes or making a turn.
Can you replace just a side mirror glass?
Yes. If the mirror gets cracked or shatters but the side mirror housing is still in good shape, you may opt to only have the mirror glass replaced for a new one. Replacing a damaged side mirror glass is an easy fix that can be DIY-ed or done with the help of a professional.
How much does it cost to replace a side mirror glass?
The cost of a side mirror glass will vary depending on your vehicle’s specific make and model. In general, OE replacement mirror glass will cost you somewhere between $1 for a basic mirror to $433 for something that comes with built-in heating and turn signal light capabilities. These parts are available for sale individually or in sets of two.
When is a side mirror glass replacement needed?
Whenever a side mirror glass is cracked or shattered, it cannot be repaired and must only be replaced. Taping up or gluing together shattered glass is not recommended because they reduce the ability of your mirrors to provide an accurate reflection of the road.
While different states have varying laws concerning the legality of driving with one or both side mirrors broken, it is in your best interest to have it replaced as soon as possible to protect your safety and those of other vehicles and pedestrians on the road.
Finding the right fit
If you’re on the search for a passenger or driver side mirror replacement, you may use our website’s built-in vehicle selector to narrow down our selection to all compatible parts. Simply plug in your vehicle’s correct year, make, and model to get started.
Important Facts You Need to Know About Mirror Glass
No amount of driving experience will eliminate the need for you to frequently check your vehicle's mirrors. Even racecar drivers are trained to look at their side mirrors regularly to keep tabs on their opponents. The side and rearview mirrors are there for a reason: to quickly give you a view of the areas that surround. The added visibility allows you to easily assess your vehicle's position on the road, helping you avoid accidents. So make sure that all the mirrors in your vehicle are in top shape. Clean the mirror glass regularly to eliminate smudges and dirt. Clear, streak-free mirrors can contribute a lot to your safety on the road, especially during overtaking and parking. And if any of the mirror's surfaces become cracked, don't hesitate to secure replacements. CarParts.com can help you replace cracked mirror glass. We've got aftermarket replacement for most auto mirror applications.
• Offers an accurate reflection of areas around your vehicle
• Installs easily
• Designed to perfectly fit any vehicle make and model
A Simple Guide on How to Install Mirror Glass on Your Automobile
Mirrors are often one of the most overlooked components of an automobile. They allow you to see what is behind your automobile, allowing you to determine whether or not it is safe to put your car in reverse or to change lanes. Unfortunately, the mirror glass may wear out to the point of uselessness, necessitating its replacement. The process is a simple and straightforward one and won't require a lot of time to complete.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
- Mirror glass
- Commercial cleaner
Preparing the mirror glass housing
Clean the mirror housing thoroughly with a rag and cleaner to remove any dust and debris. If you are replacing a mirror glass that has previously shattered, be sure to remove all the fragments while taking great care in doing so; glass fragments are sharp and may cause injury.
Putting the adhesives
Place a small amount adhesive in the middle of the mirror glass at the back. Depending on the size of your mirror, you may need two pea-sized or two grape-sized amounts of adhesives, probably even more. Just be sure to avoid putting a lot more than needed so that the extra adhesives won't spill out from the sides of the mirror when having it installed.
Installing the mirror glass
Carefully place the mirror glass into the frame; make sure that the glass and the frame are aligned. Continue to push the mirror slowly until you it stops moving or until you hear a snap. Push the sides of the mirror carefully to tuck the mirror into the frame and to make sure that it won't be moving inside the frame. Wait for the adhesives to dry completely. You can secure the mirror with tape or any other appropriate material to aid in the curing process. It will take about a day for the adhesive to completely dry.
Testing the mirror
Remove any material securing the mirror glass. Gently nudge the sides of the mirror to see if there is any movement. If the mirror glass moves, it could mean that it was either installed incorrectly or that the adhesives haven't dried out completely.
Mirror Glass Buying Guide
Mirror, mirror in your ride, driving safety is what they provide. Okay, that was a lousy rhyme, but that's way better than having lousy safety when you're on the road. Being the competent driver that you are, you're likely to be aware of how mirrors help you maneuver through traffic with utmost safety. You probably also know that your vehicle's mirror will eventually break or wear out. Now, instead of replacing the entire mirror fixture when this happens, you may want to save a buck or two by simply replacing the mirror glass. The process of getting your mirrors back in fighting form isn't tricky business, but here are some things you might want to consider before buying replacement mirror glass.
There are basically two types of auto mirrors out there: the rear view mirror and the side view mirror. These two components differ in shape and function, so make sure not to mistake one for the other when the time comes for you to buy replacement mirror glass
The Rear View Mirror
This mirror does exactly what its name implies: it helps you see behind you. So whether you're driving forwards or backwards, this mirror, which is located inside your ride and above the dash, is sure to prevent unwanted mishaps. This mirror is usually rectangular in shape its glass can easily be replaced.
The Side View Mirror
Every ride comes with two of these, one on each side of the vehicle. These help you see the vehicles flanking you, letting you know whether or not it's safe to make turns or change lanes. Common victims of parking lot nicks, and they come in various shapes and sizes.
Factors to Consider
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that you can't get a replacement side view mirror glass to fit into a rear view mirror housing. So make sure that you get the correct type of mirror glass, and one that conforms to the shape and size of your mirror housing.
We'd recommend USA-made mirrors or foreign-made mirrors that meet US standards. We'd also suggest that you get mirrors that have 2.2mm 1st surface mirror properties. Such mirrors are translucent and absorb the light from trailing vehicles, helping them to prevent glare.
Look for mirror glass that's easy to install and doesn't require drilling. Also, we don't recommend that you use regular bathroom silicone adhesive to install your mirror glass into its housing. Instead, you should opt for construction silicone that isn't latex based.
How to Replace Your Mirror Glass
Paying rent, getting up each day to go to work, trying to lose that gut: these things are difficult to do. Luckily, changing your busted mirror glass is sure to be a piece of cake. Now, if you aren't the most seasoned DIYer, then be not afraid because pretty much anybody can successfully do this job. All you need are a few basic items and some enthusiasm and you'll get the job done in less than thirty minutes.
Difficulty level: Easy
- Hair Dryer (optional)
- Scraping Tool: blunt knife, screw driver, etc.
- Soft Cloth
- Warm Water
- Silicone Adhesive
- Replacement Mirror
Step 1: Before getting started, put on some working gloves to help keep your hands safe from scratches. Broken or chipped glass can be rather harmful so it's better to be safe than sorry.
Step 2:Take off the busted mirror glass-or what remains of it-from the mirror housing. And be sure to remove any traces of old glue or adhesive using your scraping tool. If the residue from the adhesive is difficult to remove, use a hair dryer to make it more pliable.
Step 3:Clean your new mirror glass with some warm water and a soft cloth. Do not use chemical cleaners on your replacement mirror glass as they will leave residue on it and impede the effectiveness of your adhesive. Air dry your mirror before proceeding.
Step 4: Cut your silicon adhesive into 3/8 inches. Place these adhesive pieces behind your mirror glass, but not too close to its edges. This ensures that no silicone will seep out once you've pressed the glass in place.
Step 5: Position your replacement glass into the housing then press it firmly into place.
Step 6: Give the adhesive some time to dry (anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour) and you're all done installing your new mirror glass.