How to Replace the Passenger Side Mirror on a Ford F150by Allen Moore
Replacing the passenger side mirror on a Ford F-150 can seem impossible for a do-it-yourselfer when examining the mirror itself. Various pieces of trim cover all the fasteners and any wiring harnesses. However, the job can still be performed in under a few hours with the proper tools, some basic mechanical aptitude and knowledge of how to get to the mirror mounting hardware. It is best to make sure the new mirror is an exact replacement before beginning the repair, as certain mirror models only fit certain model trucks.
Open the passenger door and use the socket set to remove any fasteners you may find in the door panel. They may be under trim covers, depending on the year and model of the F-150. The trim covers can be removed using the pocket screwdriver. Be careful not to scratch or nick the trim with the tip of the screwdriver.
Slide the trim pin removal tool under the bottom, rear edge of the door panel. Pry out the trim pin and then carefully work your way across the bottom of the door until you have removed all the trim pins.
Lift the door panel up and away from the door. If the F-150 is equipped with power locks and windows, disconnect the wiring harness from the lock and window switches before pulling the panel away from the door. You can unclip the harness connectors with the pocket screwdriver. If the mirror mounting studs are now visible, move to step five. If not, move to step four.
Use the trim pin removal tool to pop the trim away from the part of the door opposite the mirror.
Use the socket set to remove the nuts from the mirror mounting studs. If the mirror has power accessories, disconnect the wiring harness with the pocket screwdriver now.
Move to the outside of the door and slide the mirror out of the door by pulling it away from the door.
Install the new mirror in the opposite manner. Do not forget to reinstall the nuts and reconnect the wiring harness, if applicable.
Reattach any trim and the door panel in the opposite manner in which it was removed. Do not forget to reconnect any wiring harnesses that were disconnected in step three.
Clean the mirror and door panel with the glass cleaner and rag.
Items you will need
- Socket set
- Pocket screwdriver
- Trim pin removal tool
- Replacement mirror
- Glass cleaner and rag
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