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Can I Just Replace My Mitsubishi's Side Mirror Glass?

Did you find broken glass on one of your Mitsubishi’s side mirrors? You might wonder if you can just replace the glass or if you have to replace the whole assembly.

The answer? It depends on whether the rest of the side mirror assembly is still in good shape. If something else in the assembly is broken, then replacing just the glass would be a waste of time. You’d be better off replacing the whole assembly.

In this guide, you’ll find instructions on thoroughly checking the side mirror assembly. We also have instructions on replacing just the glass. If you need a guide on replacing the whole assembly, visit this link.

How to See if the Side Mirror Assembly is Still in Good Working Order

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Inspecting a side mirror assembly takes only 5 minutes, tops. Below are two sets of instructions: one for manual mirrors and one for power mirrors:

1. Checking a Manual Side Mirror Assembly

  1. Put duct tape over the side mirror glass to keep the glass from cutting your hands.
  2. Visually inspect the entire side mirror assembly housing for any cracks or damage. Don’t forget to inspect the underside, too.
  3. With both hands, gently rock the mirror assembly up, down, left, and right. If the housing feels a bit wobbly where it’s attached to the body of the car, tighten the bolts holding the mirror in place and then rock the assembly again. Nothing should feel loose.
  4. With your thumb, move the mirror glass in all directions (up, down, left, and right). It should be easy to move, and it should stay put when you're not moving it.

If the side mirror assembly isn’t loose and doesn’t have any cracks or damage, then it’s still in good shape and you can just replace the glass.

2. Checking a Power Side Mirror Assembly

  1. Put duct tape over the side mirror glass to keep the glass from cutting your hands.
  2. Visually inspect the entire side mirror assembly housing for any cracks or damage. Don’t forget to inspect the underside, too.
  3. With both hands, gently rock the mirror assembly up, down, left, and right. If the housing feels a bit wobbly where it’s attached to the body of the car, tighten the bolts holding the mirror in place and then rock the assembly again. Nothing should feel loose.
  4. Get into the car. With the power mirror controls, move the glass in all directions. It should move smoothly and in accordance with the controls.

If your power side mirror assembly passes all of the tests with flying colors, then there are no wiring issues or mechanical damage. You now have the green light to replace just the glass.

How to Replace the Only the Side Mirror Glass

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If the rest of the side mirror assembly is in good shape, then you’re in luck. Not only is the side mirror glass cheaper than an entire assembly, but it’s also easier to replace. Here’s how:

  1. Order a genuine OEM replacement side mirror glass.
  2. Cover the side mirror glass with duct tape to keep the glass from cutting your hands.
  3. Move the mirror so that it is facing the car as much as possible.
  4. Grab a small pry tool (like a flathead screwdriver) and then gently pry off the broken mirror glass. It should pop out easily. If not, use the screwdriver to undo the clips on the back of the glass.
  5. If there’s an electrical connector (for heated mirrors), unplug it from the old mirror.
  6. If there's an electrical connector, plug it into the new mirror.
  7. Press the new mirror into the side mirror assembly. Make sure the clips line up so they can snap in place.
  8. Using your power mirror controls (or if you have manual mirrors, your hands), move the glass in all directions (up, down, right, left) to see if the glass is properly installed.

Got any questions about replacing the side mirror glass? You can contact us! We’ll be glad to answer your questions.