How to Replace a Sun Visor on a Car

by Teri Olcott

Vehicle sun visors come in various colors, shapes and sizes, and they may be equipped with a plain mirror, a lighted mirror or a transmitter. Due to their being flipped up and down and sometimes used as a storage shelf, sun visors take a lot of abuse. If your sun visor becomes damaged or you would just like to upgrade to a better model, with some basic tools and a little bit of patience, you can easily replace the sun visor in your car.

Locate the sun visor mounting bracket in your car. Many brackets have a plastic cover that conceals the mounting screws.

Pry off the plastic cover with a flat-head screwdriver. Remove the cover carefully because the plastic is thin and may have hardened; it can easily crack and break.

Compare your replacement sun visor to your existing sun visor to make sure the mounting hardware hole pattern is the same. If your sun visor has a lighted mirror or a built-in transmitter, compare the wiring harness connections to make sure the new sun visor will be able to connect to your vehicle's wiring.

Determine if your sun visor is held in place with Phillips or Torx screws. Use the appropriate screwdriver to remove the screws. Put the screws and the plastic cover in a container so they don't get lost.

Disconnect the wiring harness from the sun visor if the visor has power accessories.

Remove the sun visor carefully from the headliner of your vehicle.

Position the replacement sun visor over the mounting holes and start the screws into the holes by hand. Once the screws are holding, tighten them with the appropriate screwdriver.

Connect any wiring harnesses from the new sun visor to the wiring harnesses on your vehicle.

Move the sun visor into all of its possible positions and verify that all electronic components work correctly.

Reposition the plastic cover over the mounting bracket and carefully push it into place.

Tips

  • check If the plastic mounting bracket cover cracks or breaks, you may be able to repair it with glue.
  • check If your vehicle is still under warranty, you might void the warranty on the sun visor by replacing it yourself. Check with your authorized service center before performing this task.

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About the Author

Residing in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania, Teri Olcott began her writing career in 1992 as a small-town newspaper reporter. In 1998, Olcott entered the technical writing field. Her articles have appeared in “Radiant Press” magazine and “Epoch” magazine. Olcott holds an Associate of Science in radiologic technology from SUNY Binghamton.