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Audi A4 Rear View Mirror Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Audi A4 Rear View Mirror Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$12 to $125

Talent:

***

Tools:

T30 Torx driver, Philips & Flathead screwdriver, Needle nose pliers, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

Audi A4 (2002-05)
Audi A4 Cabriolet (2003-06)

Hot Tip:

Try everything before you reinstall the door panel

Performance Gain:

Access to the door systems

Complementary Modification:

Really clean the glass

If you own a car long enough something is bound to happen to the rear view mirror, especially if you live in a large city. If you find yourself needing to replace the review mirror housing and motor make sure to have your VIN handy when ordering and double check your order as the housing is a special order item and usually non-returnable.

This article will show you how to both change out the housing as well as a simple mirror or glass replacement.

To begin you will need to remove the door panel. Please see our article on removing your front door panel and complete the work there before starting this project.

It is possible to replace the mirror housing without removing the door component carrier from the door. If you would like to remove the carrier and work on the mirror off the door, please see our article on front door component carrier removal for additional information.

With the door panel off you will be looking at the door with the foam protective membrane on (red arrow).
Figure 1

With the door panel off you will be looking at the door with the foam protective membrane on (red arrow).

Gently peel the membrane back from the A-pillar towards the rear of the door (red arrow).
Figure 2

Gently peel the membrane back from the A-pillar towards the rear of the door (red arrow). You do not need to remove it completely, just enough to get access to the wiring for the mirror (yellow arrow).

The wiring for the mirror controls runs through the door.
Figure 3

The wiring for the mirror controls runs through the door. You will need to remove the speaker to help run the new wires. Disconnect the speaker wires (green arrow) and remove the three Philips head screws holding the speaker to the door (yellow arrows). Disconnect the brownish wires for the mirror from the control unit on the window motor (red arrow).

Undo or clip the wiring harness connection (red arrow) and separate the mirror wiring from the rest (yellow arrow).
Figure 4

Undo or clip the wiring harness connection (red arrow) and separate the mirror wiring from the rest (yellow arrow).

Remove the foam grommet and pass the wiring into the doorframe (red arrow).
Figure 5

Remove the foam grommet and pass the wiring into the doorframe (red arrow). Squeeze and push into the door the mirror wiring mounts (yellow arrows). The wiring will now be free and able to be pulled out with the mirror.

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry off the interior trim piece on the door (red arrow).
Figure 6

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry off the interior trim piece on the door (red arrow).

Use a T30 Torx and remove the single screw holding the mirror to the door frame (red arrow).
Figure 7

Use a T30 Torx and remove the single screw holding the mirror to the door frame (red arrow).

You can tilt the mirror housing out from the door.
Figure 8

You can tilt the mirror housing out from the door. The mirror sits behind the weather stripping (red arrow) and in a groove on the channel in the door (yellow arrow). You will need to use care and patience when re-installing to make sure the weather stripping is over the mirror.

Note the path the wiring takes (red arrow) and make sure to follow it through the foam when installing the new mirror.
Figure 9

Note the path the wiring takes (red arrow) and make sure to follow it through the foam when installing the new mirror.

If you just need to replace the glass or mirror section, take a trim removal tool and insert it along the bottom of the mirror housing and under the mirror (red arrow).
Figure 10

If you just need to replace the glass or mirror section, take a trim removal tool and insert it along the bottom of the mirror housing and under the mirror (red arrow). Gently pry the mirror away from the housing. If you are worried about the housing paint, wrap the trim tool in tape or place a soft cloth between the tool and the housing first.

The mirror is held onto the motor with a series of plastic clips (red arrows).
Figure 11

The mirror is held onto the motor with a series of plastic clips (red arrows). These will easily just unclip when you pry the mirror outwards. Disconnect the wires for the heating element. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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