Auto: Side Mirror Replacement

Auto: Side Mirror Replacement

OK so the problem is obvious, the driverís
side view mirror is loose at the base. There is a broken mount. So stay tuned, weíll have
a look. OK so youíve seen the problem, this mirror
right here has a real bad wobble in it because of a broken mount inside. So what weíre going
to do, with just a small handful of tools, is remove the inside door panel and pull off
the mirror. So letís get to work. OK among the first things to do, thereís
a little screw here that holds on that tray and thereís another screw in here which you
wonít be able to see unless we bring the camera around to the side here. OK Iím just
going to slip my little screwdriver in underneath, pry up on it, there it is right there and
then underneath there are a couple of hex headed screws that Iíll remove with this
little socket wrench. Iím just going to leave it hanging like that
because Iím not going to actually disconnect any components Iím simply lifting the door
panel off and Iím going to let it hang while I get into this area here. This is about the
only specialized tool that youíre going to find that you need itís made by the Lisle
company. You can make your own you just need a piece of flat bar, cut a little groove in
it bend the end of it. For instance hereís the diagram of what General Motors suggests
your tool should look like. Anyway theyíre underneath we start at the bottom here, just
work your way in and get in behind the mounts and Iíll show you what they look like as
soon as Iíve got them all undone Iíll get the door off or the door panel off. OK the
last thing is thereís a channel hooking into the door frame here. So you need to be able
to just pop the whole thing upwards just like that and itís free. You just want to drop
that through there and as you can see thereís the inside of your door panel. That this little
fellow comes in behind and pops free out of the holes they mount into.
OK these are little foam bushings that are used to cover the access ports. So Iím going
to pull them out very carefully as you can see get in behind it with a screwdriver and
chase it out through the front. Chase that one out through the front. Going to go in
with our ten mil socket and start undoing the nut. Now one of the problems with a recess
like this is Iím afraid to drop the nut inside the door panel. So what I do is instead of
undoing them all the way I undo them most of the way and then I reach inside with my
mechanical fingersÖ And I undo it the rest of the way with a sure
grip on the nut to make sure I donít drop it inside the door panel. And there she is.
Two more like that and weíre off. And the mirror pulls away nice and easy. Now you can
see thereís an electrical connection here. Pull back on this locking tab and it pulls
apart very easily. The entire mirror comes off easily in one piece. And as you can see
thereís three studs that come out except the third oneís broken.
The service manual calls for fifty three inch pounds. OK now Iím going to show you here
on this wheel nut that you can easily put fifty three foot pounds on it with just one
hand. Now a foot pound is obviously twelve inch pounds so itís twelve times the power
weíre going to require on these little nuts over here. OK Iíve dialled in fifty three
foot pounds. I just wanted to show you how easy it is to make that kind of power never
mind the fifty three inch pounds, which is all you need on the studs to hang our side
view mirror. OK so Ií just going to make some power. Letís just say like that. You
see I was only a foot out rather than the actual full eighteen inches. Just do that
real quick and proveÖ you see that? I donít turn at all and itís already saying fifty
three foot pounds. So I was able to make fifty three foot pounds with just one hand and only
twelve inches of leverage. OK well the weatherís changed on us and itís
cooled off quite a bit so weíre going to hope that thereís enough light here to do
this. Just get started by peeling off the tape and weíre ready to install the new part.
OK so you do want to work with the window open, again Iím working through the window
for your benefit. Iím just going to peel off the tape that I put over the holes. As
you can see here Iíve touched up the paint across here where itís been worn off by the
loose mounting of the mirror. Went to my parts dealer and she was able to just pick it off
the shelf in a matter of minutes. Again, I was lucky, if you donít live in a major metropolitan
area like I do you might not be as lucky, you might have to wait a week or two. You
can also just go down to your local scrap yard and see if theyíve got it on the shelf
often you can get a perfectly fine working piece for a quarter or half the price that
you would pay for a new one. So we got all the studs here lined up, got the electrical
connection to go through, just pass that through the door.
Now as I said before Iím going to try and limit the amount of torque that I can put
behind this nut so Iím going to drop it into a little quarter inch drive socket wrench
instead of using the big one you saw me take it off with.
OK Iíve got my nut loaded in there and itís safely in place with a bit of shop towel.
And Iíll just find the stud. Get it started. OK Iím certain thatís started now so I pull
this off so that I can get the shop towel out of there easily and I can put this back
on and spin it down just until itís snug. Once weíve got all three nuts in place then
we can torque them down to spec. Now as you can see Iím trying to limit the amount of
torque I apply to this by using a tiny little quarter inch drive socket wrench and choking
half way up on it as well. So we take it up to thereís forty inch pounds
and a zero we want to go to fifty-three so I donít know if you can see this very well
but thereís fifty eleven twelve thirteen. Forty and thirteen is fifty three.
Alright Iím going to just torque these down nice and even you want to you want to bring
all the bolts snug before you try and apply the torque. I can feel, Iíve developed a
feel for it so I sort of know when the spring inside is about to jump. Thatís the first
one. I donít know if you noticed it. Thereís the second one. Thereís all three. Iím letting
go with this hand in order that it doesnít interfere with the torque Iím applying with
this hand and you see Iím doing it with just two fingers of pressure. And thatís what
I am trying to impress upon you in this episode is that some things canít take a lot of power
and you can make a lot of power no matter how small you think you are no matter how
weak you might believe you are youíre very strong compared to small fasteners and itís
very easy to break them. So the next step is to put it all back together,
the first thing are these foam bushings that are used for soundproofing. You want to just
drop them in just enough. Donít want them to fall through. Thereís one, two three theyíre
just little plugs that cover the access port. OK Iíve got one of these little body panel
plugs that I was mentioning. They hang in little bracket/keepers on the inside panel
and you can see theyíre all barbed and have pointed tips and they go into a ñ drop on
in and thatís why you need that curved tool ñ just get in behind it like that and it
just pops right out. Just this little hook, like that kind of deal . You hook it into
the door-panel right onto the steel inner door skin. Sometimes thatís the tricky part.
Just pass this baby through there and work on hooking that into the door just like that.
Nice and easy. Line that up. Find our little keepers. Thereís one down here. One up in
here. There we go. The next thing to put together after the door-panel is on is this little
plastic piece that holds the door handle release and it also has the actuator for the manual
door lock and thatís the tricky part. What youíve got to do see the actuator there with
this little keyhole type slot there and youíve got this lock actuator here this rod and its
got to be lined up with that little keyhole slot. Sorry about the flashlight but its gotten
really dark I think itís going to rain. OK so you want to have both the actuator and
the control both in the unlocked position. Thatís how they suggest in the manual that
you find neutral position for it and then youíre just going to work your way on from
the corner and snap it into place. There we go. And, you can see I got it. So all thatís
left is weíre going to drop a little screw in behind there and weíre done.
OK and the last thing Iím going to do is hang a convex ìspotterî mirror on the outside
lower corner because I used to drive a truck for a living and I learned that the only way
to drive is using spotter mirrors on both sides of your vehicle. I donít care what
size of vehicle youíve got ñ even a motorcycle ñ you want to have convex mirrors on both
sides. Alright as you can see fully operational,
the neighbours are all out of bed, itís been quite a morning. Weíll go for a little drive
and Iíll show you what it looks like.


  • Corrie Massie

    July 6, 2014

    Hey thanks for the great video, helping a friends son replace the mirror.
    Very helpful

  • psychedelicrecords

    July 25, 2014

    At 3:38 … you said "Just pull back on this releasing tab".  I don't see that on mine, and I can not get the wires to disconnect.  Can you show a close up of the "releasing tab" at the electrical connection?

  • jankdc

    September 27, 2014

    Great video. I replaced my mirror in under 40 minutes, saving me a bunch of time and money. Thank you.

  • brian metcalfe

    December 9, 2014

    Great video I wanted to know what size socket it took to remove the mirror before I got started . GREAT VIDEO KEEP THEM COMING

  • LiftOrGTFO

    January 7, 2015

    Wow all that work just to replace a mirror. Great presentation though. 

  • K Kostas

    January 10, 2015

    perfect video, great pace, great video quality and the text is a nice touch, though not needed as your audio quality is superb
    thank you

  • MrShak86

    January 14, 2015

    Awesome video, keep up the good work.

  • dui50

    January 15, 2015

    needed this today, thank you so much for the perfect video instructions

  • James

    January 20, 2015

    Great video! Highly informative, great little shop tricks. I also like your introduction of tools on the fly, rather than a giant "YOU WILL NEED," section. 

  • nashntth

    February 9, 2015

    Great tutorial. Well explained. High detail. Thank you. I have to do my truck passenger mirror. Not going to be a problem now. 


    March 26, 2015

    Good video

  • Tony Z

    June 12, 2015

    …..BRAVO ! Excellent Vid !

  • Chen-Yu Huang

    July 19, 2015

    Thank you! It was super helpful!

  • shah faisal

    July 25, 2015


  • Fred Templeton

    January 8, 2016

    I was looking to fix my side view mirrors.The manual adjusters fell in the doors

  • FearNoLust

    February 4, 2016

    great video, just got my replacement mirror today now i can use this video to take out the old mirror and put the new one in

  • Ted Sherk

    April 7, 2016

    Darn GM, making you remove the entire door panel just to remove the mirror. Grrr….

  • Sunfleur1988

    June 18, 2016

    You are a GREAT instructor! Very detailed, very helpful and knowledgeable!  Thank you!

  • Ysamalis Perez

    July 24, 2016

    can you provide a rough estimate of the total expense of those tools required to disassemble the door panel etc?
    thanks in advanced

  • Lion Sin Escanor

    March 24, 2017

    what if u have a 2016 car? will this work

  • Moses Lee

    March 4, 2018

    Looks good!

  • Autumn Rakes

    October 21, 2018

    THANK YOU! This saved me like 100 dollars!


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