A broken side mirror is something that needs to be replaced right away. In some states, you can get a ticket or a fine for driving with a broken mirror. Luckily, a side mirror fix is something you can do at home with a few basic tools.
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Having the mirror replaced at a shop will set you back a couple hundred dollars, while doing it at home will cost a fraction of that. This comprehensive tutorial is all you need to pull off the project successfully.
Getting an OEM Replacement Side Mirror Assembly
The first thing you want to do is to get a replacement side mirror assembly. While you could get an aftermarket one, we strongly suggest going the OEM route because of:
- Precise fitment: OEM parts are made specifically for your vehicle. Aftermarket parts are copies of an OEM part. Sometimes something gets lost in the copying process.
- Quality materials: OEM parts are built with high quality materials that are compatible with the rest of your car. Aftermarket parts are commonly built with low quality materials that won’t hold up well over time.
Luckily, GM makes their OEM parts incredibly easy to find. You just have to look up your Escalade in a genuine OEM parts catalog like ours. Or just look for your car in this list of our best selling Escalade side mirror assemblies:
- Part No. 88980721: For 2006 Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT models
- Part No. 20843205: For 2009-2014 Escalade models
- Part No. 20756937: For 2012-2014 Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT models
Preparing For the Project
Replacing the side mirror is a straightforward job that takes about 30 minutes. However, it’s still a job that needs some preparation. It’ll go much quicker and smoother if you gather all the necessary tools beforehand.
- 10mm socket wrench
- Phillips screwdriver
- If your side mirror glass is broken, put duct tape over the glass and be sure to handle the broken mirror with work gloves.
- Roll down your window before starting the project so you can hold the mirror while the bolts are being removed.
Replacing the Side Mirror Assembly
The mirror replacement process is pretty straightforward. Here’s the process outlined in 7 steps:
- Open the door where the broken mirror is.
- Pop off the triangular cover on the opposite side of the mirror.
- Pull out the insulation pad. You’ll see a few bolts underneath the pad.
- With the 10mm socket wrench, remove the bolts. Try not to let the bolts and washers fall into the door.
- Pull off the broken mirror. You may have to shake it a little bit to get it off. There’s a clip between the mirror and the car; you might need to use a screwdriver to remove it.
- Carefully disconnect all of the connectors.
- Install the new side mirror in the reverse order.
If you have trouble with the mirror removal process, please contact us. We’ll be glad to help you out.