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Side Power Mirror Install

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About a month ago I was backing out of my garage and hit the passenger side mirror on the garage door track. The mirror broke off and was dangling. I took superglue and glued it back on but it looked really bad. I finally took the mirror off and my dad found me a new passenger side power mirror. I searched for a while on the internet and did not find a really good explaination on how to install a side mirror. I found some written directions and followed them but I'm the type of person who has to see something to do it most of the time. I followed these instructions but while I was replacing the mirror I took some pictures based on the steps I followed and this is what I did.

Passenger side after hitting garage door track.

These are the directions I followed but included pictures for better understanding.

Step 1. If you have the sound system with the small speaker opposite the mirror. Pry off the cover of the upper speaker. (Not the one on the bottom of the door). I found standing over the cover with a small screw driver and gently prying worked best. It simply press on.

Step 2. With the cover off. There is a large hole in the speaker case. Inside the whole is a mid size phillips screw. Unscrew the screw. The whole speaker assembly now lifts out of its holder. Unclip the wiring harness. (Do not unscrew the speaker).

Step 3. Three large nuts are now exposed holding the mirror on. If you don't have power mirrors remove and replace the mirror.

If you do have power mirrors:

Step 4 Leave the nuts for now. At the door handle there is a small indentation above the molded plastic. Take a large flat head screw driver and gently press down. This will release the molding around the handle which is fitted in and can be lifted out. Behind this molding there are three screws holding the paneling to the frame. Remove them.

I only saw two screws

Step 5. At the bottom of the door at the hinge is a plastic button. With a flat head gently pry the button out. It is 1 1/2 inches long and simply pressed in. If you break it the dealer will sell you another.

Step 6. The door panel lifts off. I found it was easier to start it by latch. LIft up since it has a half dozen hanger hooks inside. The only reason you have to remove the panel is to reach the wire plug. Unplug the mirror wire harness. Some people reach the harness thru the door molding whole but its real tight.

Step 7. Unbolt the mirror. Small box wrench works best. Look closely at the way the wire is threaded down into the door before slowly pulling it free. You'll have to work the speaker holder to get the wire free.

Step 8. Thread the new mirror wire thru. Place the gromit on the inside hole. This simply keeps the wire harness from rubbing thru. Place new mirror on. Finger tighten the nuts. Connect the harness. Careful to run wire behind the speaker holder and rehang the connector on the hanger on the door.

Step 9. Rehang the door panel. Care should be take that the upper black rubber overlaps the car interior. You may have to work it under with a small screw driver. Replace screws and replace plastic button at bottom of the door.

Step 10. Tighten nuts on mirror.

Step 11. Place speaker in holder. (Care should be take that all the speaker wires are in the holder since it slides within itself). Re-install holder screw for speaker. Press cover on speaker.

Step 10. Replace the molded plastic with switches on the handle. I did not have to remove the wiring harness from my switches though some people do. If you do have too the entire switch assemble actually pries in half with a screw driver after you remove the screws. Its simpler than it looks.

Step 11. Everything should be back and your good to go...the whole operation is achieved with a phillips head, a box wrench, and patience's. Took me 45 minutes working fairly slowly.

Finished product:

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1. you do not have to pull the door panel off to change the mirror
2. I did the same thing a little over a year ago :D I used some JB Weld and gluded the rear studs back on, good as new :)
3. Excellent write up, except for #1. Although it is easier to get the mirror unplugged if you do take the panel off.
excellent write up son, glad it came out well

you followed ford warranty procedure
thx all. it was nice to have a side mirror again.
i bet i could have done it without taking the door panel off. hopefully though their wont be a next time. but maybe i'll get the cobra side mirrors one day and have them painted dhg. that would look good.
Nice write up man, good job. :)
Thanx for writing that up and taking the time to take the pics. I am quite sure that will come in very handy for others on here. Nice job.
Man I wish I had seen this about 2 months ago when autobell ripped my driver side mirror off! This would of been helpful instead of just guessing! Its ok though...nothing broke and mirror is back where it should be! Nice write up man!
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