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BMW Exterior Mirror Replacement
 
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BMW Exterior Mirror Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

***

Tools:

Paper clip, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW E90 3-Series (2006-11)
BMW E91 3-Series (2006-12)
BMW E92 3-Series (2007-13)
BMW E93 3-Series (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Mirror, Mirror cover, mirror glass, door panel clips

Hot Tip:

Have door panel trim clips on hand in case they break when removing

Performance Gain:

Proper light function

Complementary Modification:

Tape door to prevent scratches

The exterior mirror has a total of three serviceable parts, the glass, housing and complete mirror. The mirror glass wears over time from water contamination and loses its reflectivity. You can replace just the mirror glass when this happens. The housing can become damaged from impact or from the harsh environment. This can also be replaced. However, I suggest replacing the mirror glass along with it as sometimes the mirror glass can break when it is removed. The complete mirror assembly is also available and can easily be replaced.

BMW E90 models with folding mirrors have a few issues. The internal position sensor in the mirror fails causing the mirrors to park in the incorrect position. The most common symptom is the mirror folding past the normal stop toward the front of the vehicle. The fix for this is to replace the complete mirror.

In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with all parts of the exterior mirror. Locate the part you want to replace and follow the steps.

Mirror glass replacing:
Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out mirror glass.
Figure 1

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out mirror glass. Glass with pop off retaining clips. If glass is cracked or in the condition where you think it may shatter, cover mirror with tape to prevent pieces from falling off.

Next, (on vehicle with heated mirrors) remove electrical connector from holder, then disconnect by pulling apart.
Figure 2

Next, (on vehicle with heated mirrors) remove electrical connector from holder, then disconnect by pulling apart. To install new glass, connect electrical connectors (if equipped with heated mirrors) then gently snap mirror glass into place.

 Mirror replacing: Remove door trim panel from door. See our tech article on Interior door panel removing.
Lever off door frame trim cover, starting at tweeter.
Figure 3

Lever off door frame trim cover, starting at tweeter.

Once tweeter is disconnected, pull off door trim cover until about half way through window area.
Figure 4

Once tweeter is disconnected, pull off door trim cover until about half way through window area. You don't have to remove it, you can let it hang there for a moment while you replace mirror.

Disconnect mirror electrical connector by pressing release tab and pulling out.
Figure 5

Disconnect mirror electrical connector by pressing release tab and pulling out.

Remove three T30 Torx mirror fasteners.
Figure 6

Remove three T30 Torx mirror fasteners. (green arrows)

When you get to the last fastener, support mirror from outside so it does not fall off.
Figure 7

When you get to the last fastener, support mirror from outside so it does not fall off. When installing, reverse order of removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged door panel clips. Properly route all wiring as before.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Geminitro Comments: For your information, it's seem that i'm the only one that found how to repair folding mirror and i think i can spread the info... Look at the attached photo, it show the passenger mirror with painted cover removed. Drill a 1/4 hole at the place shown about 1/8 deep only the first wall. Put lubricant in the hole and push in the smaller hole inside the hole you drilled while activating mirror folding untils the lock enter his hole. This should do the trick. I did this on maybe 20 cars with the folding mirror problem.
September 15, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
almostdone Comments: Are you aware of any movies showing how to do this? My mirror is not heated and I'm a bit nervous about popping out the glass for a diy project.
October 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, I am not. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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