Got a side mirror that doesn’t look or work just right? You can do something about it right at home without needing to bring your car to the shop. Let’s see what the options are:
1. Replace the Mirror Cover
This is a good option if: the side mirror cover (also called the housing) is damaged, but the rest of the assembly is intact and in good working order.
You can replace just the side mirror cover with an OEM replacement cover made specifically for your car. For example, this mirror cover is built to fit 2016-2018 Sparks and Spark EVs.
Depending on your mirror's design, replacing the cover can be a little tricky. You’ll likely need to paint the cover to match the body of your car, which is a project that will take at a day. When the replacement cover is ready, you’ll need to figure out how to remove the old cover and then install the new cover. On some cars, it’s an easy and straightforward process. On other cars, it’s a lengthy and complicated process that involves removing the door panel and disconnecting a wiring harness.
2. Replace the Mirror Glass
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This is a good option if: the mirror glass is the only thing that’s broken.
You can get an OEM replacement side mirror glass if your glass is cracked, loose, or broken. It’s a much easier and more affordable solution than replacing the entire assembly. The project that will take less than 15 minutes.
3. Add Extensions
This is a good option if: you need to extend your line of sight while towing.
Do you tow often but your side mirrors don’t provide the visibility you need? Consider investing in mirror extenders. They’re basically new mirror covers but with an extension to allow for a second mirror. This extends your line of sight on the road, which is quite beneficial for towing.
4. Paint the Mirror Cover
This is a good option if: your side mirror cover is lightly scratched up, faded, or without paint.
If you’re looking to spruce up your GM vehicle’s appearance, painting the side mirror covers is a good idea. You can either do it yourself at home or have a body shop do it for you.
5. Replace the Entire Assembly
This is a good option if: there’s more than one broken component or it’s too hard to replace just one component.
Believe it or not, replacing the entire assembly is often easier than replacing the side mirror cover. It’s easy to find an OEM side mirror assembly designed specifically for your GM car or truck. All you have to do is to visit our catalog and do a search on your vehicle to see which side mirror assemblies are available for your car. Here’s a few quick links to our top sellers:
- Part No. 88980721: For 2006-2007 Escalade, Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, and Sierra models
- Part No. 20843142: For 2011-2014 Silverado and Sierra models
- Part No. 20843205: For 2009-2014 Escalade, Tahoe, and Yukon models
- Part No. 22931856: For 2011-2015 Volt models
- Part No. 20756937: For 2012-2014 Escalade, Avalanche, Suburban, Tahoe, and Yukon models