A broken side mirror is a safety issue that needs to be addressed right away. When you’re driving around with a missing or malfunctioning side mirror, your vision is obstructed and it not only jeopardizes your safety, but it also puts other drivers at risk. In some states, you might even get pulled over for having a broken side mirror.
So the sooner you replace your side mirror, the better.
You can buy an OEM replacement side mirror specifically designed for your Mitsubishi and then replace the broken one with this easy guide. If you’re on a budget, you should check out our deeply discounted prices for 100% genuine OEM Mitsubishi side mirrors. You’ll save a bunch of money by ordering from us and then replacing the side mirror yourself. Mitsubishi dealers charge a hefty markup for all OEM parts and about $100/hour for labor.
List of Tools
The replacement job will be much quicker and easier if you already have access to the following tools:
- 10mm socket wrench
- A small pry tool to remove the trim panel
List of Steps
To remove the broken side mirror and then install the new one, follow these steps*:
- Order a genuine OEM Mitsubishi side mirror assembly.
- Locate the triangular trim panel on the interior. It’s located opposite of the broken side mirror. Carefully pry it off.
- Behind the panel are three nuts holding the mirror in place. Use the 10mm wrench to remove these nuts.
- Remove the broken side mirror. If it’s a power mirror, then unplug the electrical wires from it first.
- Insert the new side mirror. Plug in the electrical wires if there are any.
- Screw in the 10mm bolts to secure the new mirror in place.
- Put the triangular panel back in. Make sure it clicks in place.
* This set of instructions is based on the 2002 Eclipse. It may differ slightly with your Mitsubishi model.
A Few Tips
Let’s close this post with 2 tips that may help you through the replacement process:
- If the side mirror glass is broken or cracked, cover it in duct tape to keep it from cutting your hands.
- When removing the three nuts, make sure the broken side mirror assembly doesn’t fall out. You can roll down the window and hold it up with one hand while removing the nuts.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.