Got a cracked side mirror cover? It’s a good idea to address the issue as soon as possible. The longer you let it go on, the more moisture, debris, and other contaminants will seep into the side mirror assembly and damage it.
If you find yourself in this situation, you have two ways to remedy it:
- Replace just the side mirror cover
- Replace the whole side mirror assembly
Replacing just the cover seems like a no-brainer, but it’s actually an option that’s not ideal in every situation. If the inside of your side mirror assembly is already damaged from debris, moisture, or something else, then there’s no use in replacing just the cover. A full replacement is necessary.
Even if your side mirror assembly is still in good working order, replacing just the cover may still not be an ideal solution for you. Read on to find out why.
The Sole Benefit of Replacing Just the Side Mirror Cover
A replacement side mirror cover is cheaper than an entire side mirror assembly. However, keep in mind that a cover replacement is more complicated than an assembly replacement (believe it or not). So you might not save any money if you factor in labor.
The Drawbacks of Replacing Just the Side Mirror Cover
Replacing just the cover sounds appealing, but it comes with a couple of drawbacks:
- Side mirror covers don’t come ready to install. You have to paint yours first before installing it. Some covers are primed, but you still have to go out, buy some paint and tools, and then paint it to match the body of the vehicle. Painting a side mirror cover at home rarely achieves a perfect factory look.
- Replacing a side mirror cover is usually something you have to figure out on your own. There are little to no tutorials online, especially model-specific ones. If you’re not fully confident in your own ability to replace a side mirror cover, you’re better off replacing the whole assembly. There are many tutorials online that will help guide you through the process.
Testing Your Side Mirror Assembly
Want to see if your side mirror assembly is still in good working order, despite the broken cover? Here’s how:
- With a manual side mirror: With both hands, grab the side mirror and then gently rock it in all directions to see if it’s loose. If the mirror still moves smoothly without any play, then the assembly is still good.
- With a power side mirror: With the power mirror controls, move the mirror glass in all directions to see if the mirror responds correctly. If the glass struggles to move or doesn’t respond correctly, then the wiring is damaged, most likely from the elements exposed by the broken cover.
Ordering OEM Replacement Parts at Discounted Prices
Whether you decide to replace just the cover or the entire assembly, you’ll benefit by ordering from us. We offer genuine OEM side mirror covers and side mirror assemblies at discounted prices. Please contact us if you need assistance finding the right part number for your Mitsubishi.