How to Remove a Silverado Side Mirrorby Jody L. Campbell
Removing the side-view mirror on a Chevrolet Silverado is a relatively benign procedure. You don't have to pull out the entire interior door panel on the Silverado like you do on many other models just to remove and replace the mirror. Even when powered mirrors are present on the truck, you can access the wire harness connection without removing the door panel. If you're replacing the mirror, you can save a lot of money by buying a direct-fit aftermarket mirror instead of buying one from the Chevy dealership.
Open the truck door on the side that has the side-view mirror you wish to remove.
Power the window in the down position, and shut off the ignition key inside the Silverado to prevent accidental power demand.
Gently pry off the triangle-shaped cover from the inside door panel that covers the side-view mirror. Use an angled trim tool. The cover simply snaps into place.
Remove the foam silencer insulator by pulling it out of its cavity.
Pull up gently on the wire harness attached to the mirror until the plug connector is visible. Use a slotted screwdriver to press in on the plug connector snap lock, then pull it apart.
Use the 10 mm socket wrench to remove the three retaining nuts of the side-view mirror. These are visible after removal of the foam silencer insulator. Do not drop the retaining nuts into the door cavity.
Relocate to the exterior of the door, and gently pull up and push down on the side-view mirror to break the seal off the mirror gasket.
Remove the mirror. To reinstall, reverse the procedure. New mirrors may require the reinstallation of the old mirror gasket.
Things You'll Need
- Trim pry tool
- Slotted screwdriver
- 10 mm socket wrench
Jody L. Campbell spent over 15 years as both a manager and an under-car specialist in the automotive repair industry. Prior to that, he managed two different restaurants for over 15 years. Campbell began his professional writing career in 2004 with the publication of his first book.