Installation 101: How to Replace your Mirror Motor
Your side view mirrors help you see if the coast is clear when backing up, making turns, or changing lanes. These mirrors are very useful, and you'll want to be able to adjust them to ensure proper angling and functionality. This would be rather hard, however, if your mirror motor is broken. When your mirror no longer responds to your mirror control knob, then it's time to have your busted mirror motor replaced. Lucky for you, changing out your broken motor is an easy DIY job that won't take up much of your time. So follow these basic steps and you'll have your mirror back in fighting form.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Allen Wrench
- Screw driver
- Replacement mirror motor
Step 1: Before getting started, put on some protective gloves to ensure that you don't get any cuts during your DIY job.
Step 2: Remove the plastic cover located in the door, opposite the side mirror. You can do this by hand or use a screw driver to pry this cover out.
Step 3: Disconnect the wiring harness that connects the mirror motor to your vehicle's electrical system.
Step 4: Push the mirror into one side of the mirror assembly . Be sure to push the mirror into the direction of the vehicle. For example, if you're changing the mirror motor of the driver's side mirror, then push in the right side of the mirror.
Step 5: Place your fingers or your screwdriver behind the mirror and pull it off the motor. There are four metal tabs that hold the mirror in place and will bend as you remove the mirror.
Step 6: Pinpoint the broken mirror motor in the center of the mirror assembly. Use your Allen wrench to remove four screws that secure the motor inside the assembly.
Step 7: Remove the motor from the mirror assembly.
Step 8: Slide the wires of the new mirror motor into the assembly until it sits in place. Reinstall all four of the Allen screws.
Step 9: Return the mirror into the assembly by pushing on it until it snaps back into the metal tabs around the mirror.
Step 10: Reconnect the wiring harness and push the plastic lock down.
Step 11: Return the cover against the door and make sure that it's firmly in place by hammering it lightly with your fist.
Step 12: Test it out and see if the mirror responds to your mirror control knob. If everything works out fine, then you're good to go!