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Pelican Technical Article:

Side Mirror Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

***

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, T27 Torx, trim clip or door panel tool

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i xDrive Sedan (2009-10)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 530xi Wagon (2006-07)
BMW 535i xDrive Sedan/Wagon (2009-10)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 535xi Wagon (2008)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)
BMW 550i Sedan (2006-10)
BMW M5 Sedan (2006-10)

Parts Required:

Mirror, mirror glass, door panel clips

Hot Tip:

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

Performance Gain:

Proper mirror function

Complementary Modification:

Tape door to prevent scratches

The exterior mirror has a total of two serviceable parts, the glass and the 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 complete mirror can become damaged from impact or from a harsh environment. When replacing a mirror assembly, plan to have it painted before installing it. Get the paint code from your vehicle, and plan ahead to leave enough time for the paintwork to be completed.

If replacing the entire mirror assembly, you'll remove the inner door trim panel. Each inner door trim panel is equipped with an SRS airbag. For safety reasons, be sure to disconnect the vehicle battery before beginning work on the door panel. See our tech article on the battery.

If for any reason you aim to remove the mirror glass from the mirror housing without shattering the glass, allow the vehicle and glass to reach room temperature before attempting to pry off the mirror glass. Warm glass is far more pliable than cold glass and more likely to remain intact.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

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

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

Mirror glass: Once free, pull the mirror glass away from the housing to separate it.
Figure 2

Mirror glass: Once free, pull the mirror glass away from the housing to separate it.

Mirror glass: Next, disconnect the electrical connectors.
Figure 3

Mirror glass: Next, disconnect the electrical connectors. Press the release tab (red arrow) and pull the connector apart. Then pull the heating element connectors (green arrows) straight off the mirror to remove them. To install new glass, connect the electrical connectors (if equipped). Then gently snap the mirror glass back into place.

Mirror replacing:
Mirror replacing: Remove the door trim panel from the door.
Figure 4

Mirror replacing: Remove the door trim panel from the door. See our tech article on interior door panel removing. Working at the driver door module, unplug the two lower electrical connectors (red arrows). Press the release tab and pull the connectors straight out. The release tab is on the backside, closer to the door. Then pull the final electrical connector apart to disconnect it (green arrow). Feed the wiring harness from behind the wiring harness (yellow arrow). Note the position of the wiring harness for reinstallation.

Mirror replacing: Pull the speaker and doorframe trim cover off the door, starting at the tweeter (red arrow).
Figure 5

Mirror replacing: Pull the speaker and doorframe trim cover off the door, starting at the tweeter (red arrow). Once it is disconnected, pull off the 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 the mirror.

Mirror replacing: Remove the three T27 Torx mirror fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 6

Mirror replacing: Remove the three T27 Torx mirror fasteners (red arrows). When you get to the last fastener, support the mirror from outside so it does not fall off.

Mirror replacing: Remove the mirror from the door.
Figure 7

Mirror replacing: Remove the mirror from the door. Feed the wiring harness with the rubber grommet (red arrows) through the doorframe when removing the mirror. When installing, reverse the order of the removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged door panel clips. Properly route all wiring as before.

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