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BMW E39 Exterior Mirror Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

BMW E39 Exterior Mirror Replacement

Kerry Jonsson

Time:

1 1

Tab:

2 hours

Tools:

Door panel clip tool and T27 Torx socket, Pick

Applicable Models:

BMW E39 5-Series (1997-03)

Parts Required:

Mirror, Mirror cover, mirror glass, door panel clips.

Hot Tip:

Foam insulation may be old and deteriorate during removal.

Performance Gain:

Repair heated mirror or replacing discolored glass.

Complementary Modification:

This also covers door mounted tweeter replacement.

The outside side view mirror can be replaced as an assembly or the cover and mirror element can be serviced separately. Motors in the side view mirror can stop working and it cannot be adjusted from the interior switch. The mirror element can become discolored from water saturation, the heater element stops working and cracks can form in the glass. The outside mirror cover can become discolored due to environmental effects or collision damage. You can purchase a used mirror remove the cover and have it painted professionally. In this tech article we will go over all the steps in removing the side view mirror, servicing the glass element and removing the cover.

Mirror glass replacing:
With a prying tool lever the bottom of the glass upwards and outwards.
Figure 1

With a prying tool lever the bottom of the glass upwards and outwards. There are 4 plastic clips in a circular pattern on the backside of the glass frame that has to be popped off. If the glass is cracked use tape to cover the glass so it does not fall apart.

If the vehicle has heated mirrors you are going to need to disconnect the two electrical connectors (green arrows) to separate the mirror from the assembly.
Figure 2

If the vehicle has heated mirrors you are going to need to disconnect the two electrical connectors (green arrows) to separate the mirror from the assembly. To install new glass, connect electrical connectors (if equipped with heated mirrors) then gently snap mirror glass into place.

 Mirror housing replacing: First remove mirror glass. See instructions above.
Use a screw driver to push the locking tabs of the mirrors to unclip the housing from the mirror frame.
Figure 3

Use a screw driver to push the locking tabs of the mirrors to unclip the housing from the mirror frame.

There are four slots that you should release before you pull back on the cover so you donÂ't crack it.
Figure 4

There are four slots that you should release before you pull back on the cover so you donÂ't crack it.

Remove the cover by tilting it back and unhooking the inner part from the mirror frame.
Figure 5

Remove the cover by tilting it back and unhooking the inner part from the mirror frame. Install new mirror housing in reverse order of removal. Be sure retaining tabs clip into place and properly align housing to mirror. 

Mirror replacing: Remove front door trim panel from door. See our tech article on Interior front door panel removing.
Use the door panel clip removal to remove the plastic button securing the front of the anti-trap strip.
Figure 6

Use the door panel clip removal to remove the plastic button securing the front of the anti-trap strip.

The anti-trap strip wrap around the perimeter of the door glass frame.
Figure 7

The anti-trap strip wrap around the perimeter of the door glass frame. It needs to be removed to service the mirror. Starting and the rear of the door peel the plastic strip by twisting it from the outside edge inward and work your way to the top of the door and finish at the front of the door.

With the anti-trap strip loose you are going to need to unplug its electrical connector (green arrow) before you can move it out of the way.
Figure 8

With the anti-trap strip loose you are going to need to unplug its electrical connector (green arrow) before you can move it out of the way. Simply squeeze both sides of the connector and pull them apart.

With this removed you have exposed a tweeter in the door.
Figure 9

With this removed you have exposed a tweeter in the door. The foam insulation may have deteriorated and may fall apart. Start by removing the lower T27 screw.

With this screw removed you can now push up on the tweeter and remove it from the door and move it out of you way.
Figure 10

With this screw removed you can now push up on the tweeter and remove it from the door and move it out of you way.

By removing the speaker you have exposed the upper mirror mounting screw, so remove this T27 fastener.
Figure 11

By removing the speaker you have exposed the upper mirror mounting screw, so remove this T27 fastener.

Start to untangle the wiring for the mirror from the door harness.
Figure 12

Start to untangle the wiring for the mirror from the door harness. This was one of the plugs you unplugged when you unplugged the power window switch.

At the leading edge of the front part of the door you need to lift up the rubber seal to expose the final mounting T27 fastener (green arrow).
Figure 13

At the leading edge of the front part of the door you need to lift up the rubber seal to expose the final mounting T27 fastener (green arrow). As this point the weight of the mirror will pull it away from the door so be prepared to support it.

There is a rubber grommet around the wiring harness that fits in a hole in the door frame.
Figure 14

There is a rubber grommet around the wiring harness that fits in a hole in the door frame. Squeeze the grommet, unseat it from the door and fish the wiring harness through the hole to remove the mirror. 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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