Got a broken side mirror? This guide will show you how to:
- Determine whether you should repair or replace the side mirror assembly
- Save as much money as possible
- Repair or replace your side mirror at home
Below, you will find 4 of the most frequently asked questions about dealing with a broken side mirror.
1. How Much Will it Cost to Replace a Mitsubishi Side Mirror?
This is probably the first question that pops up in most people’s minds when they notice that one of their side mirrors is broken. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, but you can put together an accurate estimate using this guide. To sum it up, the cost depends on two factors:
- The cost of a replacement side mirror
- The cost of labor
2. Is it Possible to Replace Just the Glass?
If your side mirror glass is broken, you might be able to replace just the glass instead of the entire assembly. You have to make sure that the rest of the side mirror assembly is still in good shape, though. Here’s a set of instructions on checking the assembly and another set of instructions on replacing just the glass.
3. Is it Possible to Replace Just the Housing?
Like the side mirror glass, it’s possible to replace just the housing if it’s the only thing that’s broken. However, a cracked housing often leads to damaged wiring and/or corrosion inside the mirror assembly. That’s why it’s important to examine the assembly before deciding to replace just the housing.
Even if the assembly is still in good shape, you may want to weigh the pros and cons of replacing just the housing. It might be more work than you bargained for. You’d have to prime and paint the replacement housing to get it to match the body of your car. Even after all that trouble, there’s still no guarantee that the paint job would even look good.
Check out this guide for more information on replacing the housing. It should help you reach an educated decision.
4. Can I Replace the Whole Side Mirror Assembly Myself?
Wondering if you can save a bit of money and replace the whole side mirror assembly yourself? You certainly can with the right tools and this tutorial. It takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour to replace a Mitsubishi side mirror, depending on your level of expertise and the complexity of the mirror.
Please contact us with any questions that weren’t answered in this guide.