Helpful Maintenance Tips for the Chevrolet K1500 Mirror
While your trusty Chevrolet K1500 pickup can certainly run without its side mirrors and rearview mirrors, you certainly wouldn't want to drive without them. That's how important they are in keeping you safe and aware on the road. So it's certainly a no-brainer that these components must be maintained well and replaced once they break down.
Maintenance of the Chevrolet K1500 mirror is key to keeping it in good condition. In this guide, we'll show you some ways on how you can do just that:
Many vehicle owners still wash their automobile mirrors with car shampoo and water, but while this can clean dirt and stains off the mirror's surface, it's still not as effective as glass cleaner. This is because glass cleaner is specially formulated to clean glass including those of mirrors, leaving no streaks and a cleaner finish than detergent or car shampoo.
Most glass cleaners now come in a spray bottle, so cleaning mirrors is as easy as spraying the mirror surface and wiping it dry. We recommend using old newspapers for this, as they leave no fabric strands or residue compared with cloth or paper towels.
- Deal with hard water stains.
If you live in an area where water has a high mineral content, hard water stains on mirror surfaces is likely to be a common problem. Minor spots can usually be removed by glass cleaner, but for particularly stubborn stains you can try using white vinegar. Simply apply the vinegar straight into the affected area and rub with a piece of old newspaper until it clears up. We also recommend wiping any water droplets from the mirror as soon as possible to help prevent the stains from reappearing in the future.
- Keep an ear out any strange rattling noises.
If your mirror starts to make rattling noises, it may indicate that the mirror glass or one of its internal components is starting to come loose. Check the mirror glass first; if it remains fixed inside the its frame, the noise might be coming from loose wiring or another component inside the mirror assembly.
Installation Tips for the Chevrolet K1500 Mirror
The car mirrors of the Chevrolet K1500, whether they are side mirrors, rear view mirrors, or wide auxiliary mirrors, contribute a great deal in making your truck safer and easier to drive. So when one of the mirrors gets damaged, it should be replaced immediately.
You can get Chevrolet K1500 mirrors replaced any auto repair shop, but these components are easy enough for you to replace at home. In this guide, we'll share some helpful tips on replacing the mirrors in your Chevrolet K1500.
Tip #1: Invest in some tools.
Removing and installing a side mirror will require you to remove the interior door panel, which is secured to the car door via special retainer clips and fasteners. And while you can remove these fasteners with the ol' screwdriver, we recommend getting a panel removal tool and a trip pad remover. These tools are designed to quickly and easily remove all the fasteners and the trim without damaging them. For older K1500 models with a manual hand crank, we also suggest getting a door handle removal tool. These devices are usually found in auto parts stores, although many online stores also stock these online.
Tip #2: Check the kit.
Replacement mirrors are usually sold in a kit, which also includes the manual and all the hardware needed for installation. Make sure to check that all of the parts mentioned in the manual are in the kit; some of the hardware might be specially designed for your mirror, so replacing a missing one can be quite a hassle.
Tip #3: For stick-on mirrors, make sure the mounting areas are clean.
Certain mirrors, such as auxiliary mirrors and rear view mirrors, are mounted not by screws but with extra-strength adhesive tape. While this makes the mirror easier to install, the tape requires a smooth clean surface in order to adhere properly. So before installation, make sure to wash the area where the mirror will be mounted with soap and water to remove dust and grime. We also recommend wiping the area with alcohol wipes to remove adhesive residue left over from your old mirror.
Tip #4: Test the electronics.
Make sure that all of the mirror's electronic features such as the defroster or turn signal indicators are working. You should also check if the connectors are rust-free and in good condition.