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    DIY Guide: Replacing a Broken Side Mirror

    A broken side mirror can be a big issue, it can be the reason for severe accidents while driving.  For safe driving , it is always necessary that the mirror be clean and well adjusted. A broken mirror can be the result of an accident, vendalism, or a simple or unfortunate incident. It not only impacts a vehicle’s appearance but also causes safety hazards. Finding a perfectly fitted side mirror is crucial for better visibility and appearance. Its not always important to seek for professional help for adjusting broken mirror. A mirror can be adjusted by following some easy steps at home. Replacing a side mirror at home can seem daunting, but with the right tools and guidance, you can  easily handle a broken mirror by yourself. In this blog, we will be discussing some easy DIY techniques to fix a broken mirror at home.

     

    Equipment and materials needed:

    In order to do any car fixing DIY at home, it is better to have the following tools with you:

    • Side Mirror (Make sure to have the correct side mirror for your car.)
    • Screwdrivers
    • Electric tape
    • Gloves (to protect your hands)
    • Safety glass (to protect your eyes)
    • Socket Wrench set

    Step 1: Purchase the Correct Replacement Mirror

    Finding the right side mirror with correct  size, shape, and color is crucial. The first step is also to find the correct replacement mirrors for your vehicle. You can find side mirrors from different sources online and also from auto repair parts and car dealers. Make sure to find an accurate mirror that goes with your car. To get the right pair of side mirrors, you must have knowledge of your car model and its year to get the perfect fit. If your car has different specifications, like turn signals, make sure to find mirrors with the same features and capability to perform the same way.

    Step 2: Prepare Your Workspace

    Before you start the replacement process, make sure that your car is parked in a safe spot. The area has to be clean as well, to avoid unwanted dust sticking to the car’s part. Turning off the whole process is important. If you’re working outside, try to choose a dry day to avoid any complications with the weather. A rainy day can disrupt the whole process and cause inconveniences while fixing the mirror. The tools and materials that are required in the process have to be within easy reach to make the process easier and smoother. The ideal way is to perform all the fixing tasks in a place that is not chaotic to avoid disturbance.

    Step 3: Remove the Interior Door Panel

    To access the side mirror, you have to remove the side door panel. His process allows you to have access to the electrical connection of a car. To remove the door panel, it is important to choose the right screw driver. Keep screws in a safe place, as you’ll need them for reassembly.

    This will easily remove the door handles and trim pieces. Be careful not to apply too much force, as you could damage the trim or the clips holding it in place. When the door panel is removed, set it in a safe place where it won’t get damaged or dirty. Ensure that all screws, clips, and connectors are accounted for to make reassembly easier.

    Step 4: Disconnect the Old Mirror

    By disconnecting the door panels, you can now access the side’s mirror joining points and electrical connections. Use the socket wrench to remove the bolts and screws on the side mirror. If your mirror has additional electrical features, locate the electrical connector. Carefully disconnect it by pressing it and pulling the connector apart. Bolts and screws are very delicate; make sure you are handling them the right way. Once all the screws and side mirrors are removed from the door, pull it carefully. If it gets stuck, don't put extra pressure on it; gently wiggle it, and it will come off easily. In case of any problem, you can contact Riteway Towing, as they are available 24/7.

    Step 5: Install the New Mirror

    Here comes the most dedicated step. Align the mirror with the mounting point on the door. Be gentle and patient while driving through the process. Harsh handling can cause inner breakage in the components. Adjust the mirror to the mounting points, make sure it fits. Use your socket wrench to reattach the bolts or screws that secure the mirror to the door. Tighten the screws if needed; overtightening can crack the mirror. Tightening can also cause damage to the door. If the mirror has electric features, reconnect the wires with an electrical connector. Make sure they are connected in the right place.

    Step 6: Final Check

    The final check of the vehicle is very important. It ensures that everything is safe and is working properly. Open and close the door twice, to make sure that there is no disturbance. If the door is not performing smoothly, it means that the panel has not been securely attached. Ensure that the mirror is firmly attached and there is no gap between the part. In the event of any issue or dislocation of the components, make sure to open them again and adjust them correctly.  By conducting this comprehensive final check, you can make sure that every component is in its right place. Ensuring that everything is securely adjusted is crucial for your safety and for safety of others on the road.