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how to fix your side mirror 

If you’ve ever had someone drive by and hit your side view mirror, or if you’ve accidentally nicked it parking in a tight garage, you know the disappointing feeling of seeing your side-view mirror damaged. Not only does this look unattractive, but it also is unsafe in the event that you can’t properly detect other cars around you by not being able to use your mirrors. While our Jeep Dodge Chrysler service center near Merrick knows just how to repair this safety hazard along with other auto repairs, we understand there are many people who prefer to do it themselves. Because we want to offer our local drivers the best on the road experience possible, we have some advice for replacing a broken side mirror from the comfort of your own garage.

Jeep Dodge Chrysler Auto Repairs Near Merrick

It’s important to repair your side view mirror as soon as possible, and it’s easier than you might think. If your side mirror was ripped off, order a replacement side mirror online and look up the factory paint color code for the part to match the car. To paint it, mask off the glass and follow the spraying instructions on the paint cans. If you have a power mirror, you should remove the door trim panel to access the mirror’s electrical connector, but if you have a manual mirror, you can skip this step and pop off the mirror trim panel and remove the three retaining screws.

To remove the door trim panel, look for the screws hidden under decorative vanity caps (DVCs) or in obscure recesses. Then, remove the Christmas tree–shaped fasteners from the door, and Leave the power window and door lock connectors in place and lean the trim panel against the door. Then, disassemble the mirror’s electrical connector, remove the screws that hold the mirror, and remove it from the door.  Attach the new mirror. Reconnect the electrical connector and make sure you test the new side view mirror before putting the parts back into place. Reverse the entire procedure to reassemble the door trim panel. Use your fist or a small rubber mallet to reinsert the Christmas tree trim panel fasteners. Replace the screws and the DVCs.

If you discover that there’s damage beyond the side view mirror that you hadn’t noticed before, or you’d rather a professional take a look at your mirrors, our helpful technicians have experiences with a wide range of auto repair. If you have questions or doubts about the condition of your vehicle, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us.

For more information on replacing your side mirror or other auto repairs, contact us at Town & Country Jeep Dodge Chrysler.

 
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