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Exterior Mirror Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Exterior Mirror Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

***

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, 5mm Allen, tape

Applicable Models:

BMW Z4 Convertible (2003-06)
BMW Z4 Coupe (2006)

Parts Required:

Mirror, mirror glass, mirror cover

Hot Tip:

Tape door below mirror to protect finish

Performance Gain:

Proper mirror function

Complementary Modification:

Upgrade mirror cover style

The exterior mirror has a total of three serviceable parts, the mirror cover, mirror 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 you're replacing the entire mirror assembly, you have to remove the door panel. See our tech article on door panel replacing.

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 you're 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.

The exterior mirror has a total of three serviceable parts, the mirror cover, mirror glass and the complete mirror.
Figure 1

The exterior mirror has a total of three serviceable parts, the mirror cover, mirror glass and the complete mirror.

Mirror glass: Using a plastic prying tool (red arrow), gently lever out the mirror glass.
Figure 2

Mirror glass: Using a plastic prying tool (red arrow), 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 glass pieces from falling off.

Mirror glass: Once free, pull the mirror glass away from the housing to separate it.
Figure 3

Mirror glass: Once free, pull the mirror glass away from the housing to separate it. Next, disconnect the electrical connectors. Pull the heating element connectors (red arrows) straight off the mirror to remove them. Pull the dimming connector out (blue arrow). Then press the release tab (inset photo) and pull it apart. To install new glass, connect the electrical connectors (if equipped). Then gently snap the mirror glass back into place.

Mirror: Follow the mirror wiring (red arrow) to the mount (blue arrow).
Figure 4

Mirror: Follow the mirror wiring (red arrow) to the mount (blue arrow). Detach the mount from the door (inset).

Mirror: Remove the three T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 5

Mirror: Remove the three T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows). Support the mirror as you remove the last fastener.

Mirror cover: Remove the mirror glass.
Figure 6

Mirror cover: Remove the mirror glass. Then remove the T10 Torx fastener at the bottom of the mirror. Then pull the plastic cover off (inset).

Mirror cover: Working inside the mirror, remove the four T10 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 7

Mirror cover: Working inside the mirror, remove the four T10 Torx fasteners (red arrows). Then unclip the two plastic tabs (blue arrow). The inset photo shows a close up of the tabs.

Mirror cover: Slide the cover off to remove it.
Figure 8

Mirror cover: Slide the cover off to remove it. Replace it with a new painted cover.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Crunch Comments: You need to remove the plastic cover that you have in figure 6 to be able to access the ring that rotates and locks the glass into place. Once the plastic cover is removed using the T10 torx, you can rotate the ring to either release or lock the glass into place.
May 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
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April 29, 2016
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Crunch Comments: Working on an 06 Z4 3.0. The mirror glass does NOT just pop free on this one. There are 4 plastic tabs on the motor piece that are captured by the glass piece. I figured this out the hard way by breaking them trying to get the old glass piece out. I don't blame you guys as there are always exceptions to how things work. On the inside of the glass piece there's a plastic ring that rotates to capture/uncapture the tabs on the motor. I thought that you would like to know.
April 25, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you share photos of the difference? - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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