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How To Replace a Broken Outside Rear View Mirror


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Replacing the Entire Mirror Assembly
Broken rear view mirror

If your broken door mirror looks like this, get it repaired quickly.

photo by Adam Wright, 2012
If your car or truck has suffered a damaging blow to the rear ivew mirror assembly on either one of your doors, you're not a happy driver. In a worst case scenario, the mirror was knocked clean off and not only have you lost the sense of safety and security you get with having a properly adjusted side mirror, you're forced to drive around with a gaping automotive wound on the side of your car door. If you're slightly less unlucky, your mirror was knocked loose and the housing broken, but at least it's still there for you to check before a lane change. You might have even been forced to make a hasty, temporary, and ugly repair using a roll of premium silver duct tape. Yikes.

If you've already taken your car into the dealership service center or an independent repair shop for an estimate on getting your door mirror replaced, you know how expensive it can be to get the work done. The good news is you can save a lot of this money by replacing the mirror yourself. It may seem like a very involved repair, but it's much easier than you're probably expecting. Follow these simple steps and you can repair your door mirror quickly and far less expensively than if you paid to have it done professionally. Take your time and I think you'll be more than happy with the result.

Buying Your Replacement Mirror
Before you shell out full price for a new side mirror at the dealer parts department, there are other avenues to check out. For some popular models, you can buy a replacement mirror from an aftermarket company. While not a factory replacement part, often times these aftermarket mirrors fit and function just as well as the factory part. And they are much cheaper. Another alternative is to source a used mirror from a junkyard (both online and old school versions are great), or check for parts on eBay or your local Craigslist site. All of these can save you money. But be careful! Be sure to buy the exact replacement mirror your car or truck calls for! The owner of the Hyundai featured in this article bought what he thought would be the same mirror from a different model year, only to discover that all of the mounting points were different, and he was stuck buying another one. Ouch. Your repair manual may be able to help you determine which model years used the same part.

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