Safety is your number one concern when driving and today's selection of Saturn mirrors bring you that safety as well as a look of modern elegance, sophistication and convenience. There are numerous different types of mirrors, and each one plays an important role.
Driving without car mirrors, especially the driver's side mirror is unsafe. Because we all know that car mirrors are important to every vehicle. Though less noticeable unlike other safety features like seatbelts and airbags, car mirrors are as important as them. It is also as important as your backlight and signal lights in providing safety not only to your passenger, but also for anyone behind your car. Because with car mirrors on your car, you can easily notice if someone is behind your car.
All vehicles should have three mirrors. There is no excuse at all for not having cars with two mirrors (a rear and left side mirror) but you really should have three mirrors. Most people don't understand the importance of a right-side mirror. Having no right-side mirror assumes no one will ever pass you on the right or that you will never have to move to the right. It is suggested that all the mirrors be adjustable from the driver's position. Because properly adjusted mirrors could give you the emergency time you need to avoid an accident. Keep in mind that well-adjusted mirrors will give you up-to-date information every few seconds.
There are great car mirrors that enable you to eliminate the blind spot in driving. A driver's blind spot is that corner of where your peripheral vision is cut off and your rear view mirror does not spread wide enough to see. It is a difficult area where the effort and time to leave your view of the road in front of you to turn your head and see what is there along side of you, can sometimes cause a dangerous or risky situation. A convex blind spot mirror will solve the delay and risk problem of having to take your eyes off the road, making changing lanes, passing and driving in general much safer. Another cool car mirror to add to your driving pleasure is an automatic dimming interior rear view mirror. They sense the light and reduce glare automatically.
There are a variety of sources from where you can purchase Saturn mirrors. You can surely find the basic Saturn side view mirrors and rear view mirror from any of these auto parts sources. For specialty Saturn mirrors, you can consult aftermarket and OEM auto parts shops.
Fixing a Damaged Saturn Mirror in 10 Quick Steps
Repairing a mirror highly depends on the severity of the damage. You may just replace the mirror glass without needing to change the mirror housing. However, for major accidents, you may have to replace the whole unit. Fixing a Saturn mirror is easy and can be done on your own.
Difficulty level: Easy
Things you'll need:
- Glass cleaner
- Lint-free cloth
- Safety glasses
- Protective gloves
Step 1:To repair a Saturn mirror, determine whether you have to replace just the mirror glass or the whole assembly. If you just need to change the mirror glass, start disposing the broken pieces of glass. Be careful not to break the glue bond or any glass glued to it. Just remove the loose pieces.
Step 2:Using the appropriate cleaning materials and products, clean the remaining glass to remove any dirt or grime that may weaken the bond with the adhesive for the new glass. Let the residual cleaner dry for a few minutes before continuing.
Step 3:Since the new Saturn mirror glass has a double-sided adhesive stuck at the back, you can immediately position the new glass so that it is at the center of the mirror housing. Make sure that the new glass has completely covered the old mirror and has even space all around it to allow the mirror to move freely. Press the new mirror to the old one firmly to activate the adhesive.
Step 4:With a bunched up paper or towel, wipe across the surface of the new glass to remove any dirt and streaks.
Step 5:In case you need to also repair or replace the mirror housing, you need to take off the trim panel from inside the door first. Keep in mind to do the repainting of the new housing while it is not yet installed. This way, it is easier to prepare, prime, and paint the mirror housing, as well as to avoid damaging the body of your Saturn.
Step 6:To start removing the old housing, find the hidden fasteners of the panel and mirror mount cover. Usually, the door panel is secured by screws and clips that are concealed under the armrest or behind the door latch lever. However, if your Saturn mirror does not have a remote adjustment, you do not need to take off the door panel, only the mirror mount cover has to be removed. This cover is typically just snapped in position or held by a screw.
Step 7:When the screws and clips of the door panel are taken out, carefully remove the panel and set aside. The rubber gasket trim of the window will come loose when the panel is removed.
Step 8:Next, detach the power connector, which regulates the movement of the mirror. Make sure to secure the connector to prevent it from slipping inside the door.
Step 9:With all the wirings and connectors disconnected, hold on to the housing while you loosen the screws. Dispose the old housing.
Step 10:Install the new mirror housing exactly the reverse way you removed the old one. Make sure to secure the connectors, screws, and clips properly. Test the mirror adjustment first before installing the trim.
Saturn Mirror: Types, Features, and Other Options
- Under the GM family of American-made vehicles, Saturn vehicles were built to take on the smaller Japanese cars that were fast-becoming a household name. However, in 2009, GM dropped the brand from the lineup.
- Although the brand had been discontinued, Saturn parts and accessories are still widely available on the market. This includes manual and electronic Saturn mirrors in different sizes, finish, and features to fit your vehicle’s specs.
- Make sure that the Saturn side mirror replacement you will get is built for the specific year and trim level of your vehicle. This way, the wire harness of the mirror can be connected without any trouble.
- Older Saturn models come with manual mirrors, while the more recent ones are powered by electric mirrors.
- Power mirrors may come equipped with their own defroster, puddle lamps, memory function, auto dimming features, and turn signals.
- If you use your Saturn vehicle for towing, you may add some towing mirrors to make driving easier and safer. The size of the trailer you are hauling and how often you tow are important factors to choosing the right towing mirror.
- Mirror housings typically come in chrome, stainless steel, and in textured or smooth black. The mirror housing can also be painted to match the color of the vehicle.
- Saturn mirrors may be bought in pairs (price ranging from $25 to around $180) or per piece (price ranging from around $15 to $130). The price varies largely depending on the type of mirrors and the features that come with them.
Saturn was named after the rocket that brought astronauts to the moon. Under the GM family of American-made vehicles, the brand was developed to take on the smaller Japanese cars that were fast-becoming a household name. In 2009, however, GM dropped the brand from the lineup. Although the brand had been discontinued, Saturn parts and accessories are still widely available on the market. This includes manual and electronic Saturn mirrors in different sizes, finish, and features to fit your vehicle’s specs.
When to replace your Saturn mirrors
The mirrors let you see through the blind spots. By using them correctly, you can switch lanes easily, corner safely, and navigate the roads smoothly. You should get a Saturn mirror replacement once the car’s mirror becomes less reliable because of these:
When the mirror is cracked
Cracks are not just unsightly; they can also warp your vision.
When the mirror cannot be adjusted
A mirror that is broken at the hinges can get stuck and cannot be adjusted according to the driver’s seating position and convenience.
When the mirror is stained
Discoloration on the glass caused by sun damage, mold, or chemicals can distort the reflection or will blur the images on the mirror.
When the mirror functions no longer work
Power options, such as auto dimming, heat, and memory recall, may fail, making it less convenient to use the electric-powered mirrors.
How to choose the right Saturn mirror
Make sure that the Saturn side mirror replacement you will get is built for the specific year and trim level of your vehicle. This way, the wire harness of the mirror can be connected without any glitch. This will also give you a mirror with the right shape and size.
You must check the features and other options to pick the correct mirror for your Saturn, whether you are driving the S-Series or L-Series or own the more recent models such as the Aura, Outlook, Sky, or Vue. The mirror options and designs vary for each model and trim level.
Older Saturn models come with manual mirrors, while the more recent ones are powered by electric mirrors.
The mirror head or glass is adjusted from the outside.
Manual remote mirror
The angle or position of the mirror is adjusted from inside the vehicle with a button or a lever on the panel.
The mirror is electronically operated and is built with power options such as auto dimming, turn signals, and defrost.
Power mirrors may come with some of these features or all of these options. You have to pick which ones are right for your Saturn vehicle, whether as an upgrade or as a replacement.
Mirrors may come with their own defroster, which you can turn on to keep the glass from fogging up and blocking the view. A heating element is used for warming up the mirror.
Mirrors may have small lights at the bottom of the housing. These lights are aimed at the pavement to light up the ground below the doors. Once you switch on the interior lights, the puddle lamps come on as well, so you can avoid stepping into a puddle or anything undesirable.
Mirrors can be adjusted automatically using the memory function. They will be adjusted according to the pre-programmed positions of drivers.
Mirrors come with an auto-dimming feature to adjust the light that is reflected through the glass. The filter reduces glare from bright sunlight or headlight.
Mirrors have turn signals etched on the glass. Along with rear signal lights, turn signals can be seen flashing on mirrors.
If you use your Saturn vehicle for towing, you may add some towing mirrors to make driving easier and safer. The size of the trailer you are hauling is an important factor in choosing a towing mirror with the right height and length. How often you tow a trailer also matters. You may add portable mirrors to standard side mirrors or opt to install permanent towing mirrors. Portable mirrors come in hot spot or convex mirror types that can be easily taped to the side mirrors. You may choose custom slip-ons or universal-fit portable towing mirrors. For permanent mirror options, you may use telescopic trailer tow mirrors to make the end of the trailer look clearer and bigger or use mirrors with LED or heat options.
Mirror housings typically come in chrome, stainless steel, and in textured or smooth black. The mirror housing can also be painted to match the color of the vehicle.
Saturn mirrors can be bought in pairs (price ranging from $25 to around $180) or per piece (price ranging from around $15 to $130). The price varies largely depending on the type of mirrors and the features that come with them.