How to Repair a Mirror Relocation Bracket
You can remove the doors of your vehicle without having to detach the mirrors, thanks to the mirror relocation bracket. Although this component is manufactured to last long, it's still vulnerable to getting worn out over time. When this happens, make sure you are prepared to either repair or replace the bracket. To help you out, we have provided below a practical guide for replacing the mirror relocation bracket.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Tools to be used:
- Safety glasses
- 1/4" drive ratchet and extension
- Torx screwdriver
- 7/16” combination wrench
- 5/32” and 3/16” hex key
- Replacement mirror relocation bracket
Step 1: Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from tiny parts that can fly off during the replacement process. Use a Torx socket of the appropriate size to remove the 3 Torx screws that hold each mirror to your car.
Step 2: Get the 3 hex button head cap screws that came with the package, and install them into the open holes on both sides. Filling up these holes prevents moisture and debris from getting into your car, and gives your vehicle a smooth, finished look. You can also paint the bolt heads if you want, so that they match your car's overall hue.
Step 3: Replace the door check straps with new, adjustable straps that came with the mirror relocation bracket. Take note that your stock door check straps allow your car doors to sway open far enough to have direct contact with the relocated side view mirrors. With the door check adjusted, you don't have to worry about this problem anymore.
Step 4: Get a Torx bit tool of the right size, and get rid of the footman loops located on the doors. Once the loops are taken out, install the adjustable check straps in place. It's highly recommended that you start with the 5th slot from the footman loop.
Step 5: Find the Torx screws that connect each windshield frame bracket. Get a Torx socket, and remove these Torx screws.
Step 6: Install the correct mirror relocation bracket to the appropriate left or right hand side. Use 2 hex flat head cap screws to attach each bracket. You can access the bottom fastener either through the side of the bracket, or through the mirror bolt hole.
Step 7: Use a 3/16” hex head key to secure each fastener firmly on the vehicle. Inspect the fasteners for tightness afterwards.
Step 8: Set up the corresponding side view mirror onto the relocation bracket. Using 3 hex flat head cap screws, attach each mirror to its bracket. Then, secure them with 3 hex lock-nuts for each mirror.
Step 9: Ensure that all fasteners are properly tightened. Adjust each of the mirrors for safety, and guarantee that the car door checks before it touches the mirror.
Tips and reminders:
- Read all safety precautions included in the instructions manual, and make sure you follow them.
- Always wear safety equipment when working with car repair tools.
- Before opening the package, ensure that all components in the package are accounted for.