Side view mirrors improve drivers’ visibility to the rear, however, they are one of the more commonly damaged car parts. Just drive too close to a parked vehicle or don’t quite miss a speeding vehicle and your mirror is likely the part to get smashed up. Luckily this is an issue that can be easily fixed if you’re a proud Toyota owner, however, it might cost a bit more than you’d want to pay if performed by a professional. The truth of the matter is, this is very easy procedure that can be done by every Toyota car owner with the help of just a few specialty tools.
What You’ll Need
Before you start replacing your side mirror, it’s important that you have all the tools at your disposal so that you can get the job done faster and easier. If you happen to have an electric Toyota side mirror, a hooked pick will help you immensely in the process. In this case, you will need to remove the door panel, however, worry not – this isn’t a complicated process. Consider using a panel remover lever to make things easier. Other necessary tools to get the job done are a nut driver and 4-in-1 screwdriver.
Remove the Door Panel
If you have manual side mirrors this step is not for you, so just go to the actual installation of the side mirrors. This initial part will require you to find the hidden screws which are behind the DVC (decorative vanity caps). Obviously, not all Toyota models have them located in the same place, but the most common places are under the armrest, behind speaker grilles and in the finger pull area. Keep in mind that you need to turn off the negative battery terminal before you disconnect the old Toyota side mirror. After unscrewing every fastener, pry open the panel.
Removing the old pair of mirrors usually takes 3 screws, and since this is actually the easiest segment you will just need to put back the aftermarket part the same way you removed the old mirror by doing the steps in reverse. If you happen to have an electrical window as well, make sure you replace the harness and check if everything is properly connected.
Adjust & Check
For all of you out there who have electric side mirrors, adjusting them will need to be done through the controls on your dashboard. If you have an old-school Toyota model you will have to position the mirrors manually from the driver’s seat. Make sure you put the door panel after you’ve connected everything and positioned the mirrors, so you’ll be able to easily solve any issues that may arise.