How to Diagnose Your Dodge Stratus Mirrors
You know that a good driver can avoid accidents by being aware of everything that's going on around his or her vehicle. This is why you've adjusted your Dodge Stratus mirrors to eliminate your blind spots. But, this enhancement of your ability to see will not be very helpful if your electrically powered side and rear-view mirrors malfunction. You'll need to find out what's wrong by diagnosing each one of your Dodge Stratus mirrors.
It can be such a hassle to adjust your side mirrors manually when you should just be pressing a few buttons. To discover out what's causing this inconvenience, you can begin by checking the power mirror fuse located inside your fuse box. Just connect a test light's pointed end to the fuse' bare spot and see if the light comes on. If it doesn't come on, then you'll need to replace your fuse at once. But, if the light does come on, then the damage to your motor-powered side mirrors lies elsewhere.
Unfortunately, finding out which component of your side mirror's circuit has actually malfunctioned will involve taking your Dodge Stratus to your nearest service center. The folks there will have the right tools and years of experience in diagnosing and repairing the side mirrors' power motors, switches, and wiring if any of these components at fault.
It can be annoying when the driver behind you decides to shine all his vehicle's lights. Luckily, Dodge has equipped your Stratus with a rear-view mirror that automatically becomes darker when it senses the glare of a bright light. However, this feature can stop working because of a variety of reasons. Apart from failing with age, your rear-view mirror could have dirty or broken auto-dimming sensors. To find out what the real cause is, you can begin by cleaning the sensors at the back of the mirror. Remove any dirt and other materials that could block their ability to detect light. Afterwards, you can try shining a flashlight onto your sensors to see if your rear-view mirror becomes dimmer. If it doesn't, then you've got a faulty sensor on your hands.
Other reasons why your rear-view mirror has failed to dim automatically include a shortage in the wiring harness or a loose connection. Turn on your mirror's time and temperature display to see if these functions are still working. If you can't see these displays as well, then you'll need to use a voltmeter to check the wiring for any fluctuations in the current. If you see any, you'll need to replace these components so that your rear-view mirror can continue to help prevent you from going blind while it also helps reduce your blind spots.
Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive Ways of Maintaining Your Dodge Stratus Mirrors
It may seem simple, but thoroughly cleaning your Dodge Stratus mirrors and making sure they're correctly positioned can make a world of difference. After all, it's much easier to see if there are objects coming close to your Stratus if you're looking at pristine mirrors that show you everything that's going on around your car. Here are a few easy and inexpensive processes will ensure that your Dodge Stratus mirrors last longer and perform better at keeping you safe.
Make your mirrors shiny and clean.
You can borrow the glass cleaner that your wife uses on your bedroom windows to clean your Dodge Stratus mirrors. It will work much better than the grease-cutting soap that you use on the car's body. This is because the cleaner has been formulated to clean glass without needing a rinsing afterwards. You can just spray this onto one of your mirrors' surface before wiping it off with a lint-free soft rag or paper towel. In just a few seconds, your mirrors will be gleaming again.
Buff off the scratches with toothpaste.
Having a scratched mirror can make it harder for you to see the objects it's reflecting. But, the good news is that you can use the whitening toothpaste from your medicine cabinet to remove the scratches with the help of a buffer. Just clean the scratched mirrors (with the glass cleaner) and then apply a small amount of toothpaste over the scratched area. Buff the glass afterwards, and be careful not to apply too much pressure so that the glass doesn't break. Clean the mirror and check if you've removed the scratch completely. If you haven't, then just apply some more toothpaste and buff again until the scratch is gone.
Remove hardened water spots with pantry staples.
Having white spots on your mirrors can also hinder your ability to see what's going on around you. Don't try to washing them away because they're caused by your area's hard water. Instead, you can fill a sprayer with one part water and two parts vinegar from your kitchen. Shake the sprayer well so that the two parts mix before applying the solution onto your mirrors. let it sit for five minutes before scrubbing it off with some paper towels. Afterwards, dry your mirrors with a soft rag. If there are still some water spots left, then you'll need to create another mixture. This time, you'll need to combine three parts baking soda to one part vinegar to form a paste. Spread this onto your water spots and let it sit for 10 minutes. Afterwards, use a paper towel to remove the mix before cleaning your mirrors.
Adjust the rear-view mirror.
Just before you set out for a drive on your Dodge Stratus, take a few minutes to make sure that your mirrors have eliminated your blind spots. Begin this process by sitting at the driver's seat and adjusting your rear-view mirror. Make sure that you can glance up at the mirror to see a reflection that's centered on your rear window.
Orient the side mirrors.
To finish eliminating your blind spots, you'll also need to position your side mirrors further away from the body of your Stratus. While sitting down at the driver's seat, you'll need to lean your head to the left so that you can adjust the driver's side mirror with the electrical switches. Do so until you see only a portion of the rear quarterpanel and most of the road. Afterwards, lean your head to the right and adjust the passenger's side mirror in a similar fashion.