How to Install an Outside Rear View Mirror on a Pontiac Vibeby Kyle Sanstrom
The side mirrors on a Pontiac Vibe are secured to the frame of the door with three metric steel nuts. An electrical connector passes through a small hole in the door frame and connects to the mirror in order to supply power to the electrical adjustment motors. Replacement side mirrors are available from auto parts stores, salvage yards and licensed General Motors dealerships.
Pop off the Vibe's interior triangular plastic panel covering the mirror's mounting nuts using a flathead screwdriver.
Exit the vehicle and open the door. Remove the three 13-mm nuts with a ratchet and socket. Disconnect the mirror's electrical connector. Grip the mirror with two hands and gently wiggle it loose from the door.
Install the new mirror in the door, making sure that the mirror's studs pass though the mounting holes in the door. Reinstall the mounting nuts and reconnect the mirror's electrical connector. Replace the triangular plastic trim panel. Test the mirror to ensure that the electronic controls function properly.
Things You'll Need
- Flathead screwdriver
- 3/8-inch ratchet
- 3/8-inch metric socket set
- Replacement side mirror
Kyle Sanstrom has been writing professionally since 2008. His articles have been published on several websites including eHow and Automobile Insight. Sanstrom has undergone advanced automotive training at the Dunwoody College of Technology, holds an Associate of Arts in general studies from Century College and has more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of automotive repair and diagnosis.