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Interior Rearview Mirror Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Interior Rearview Mirror Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

0.5 hours

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Small flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Mirror

Hot Tip:

Rotate mirror only by arm

Performance Gain:

Proper mirror function

Complementary Modification:

Replace exterior mirrors

The interior or rear view mirror on MINI models can come equipped with a garage door opener and auto-dimming. It is mounted to the center front of the roof using a metal spring clip. It can be removed easily and replaced just as quickly.

The interior mirror is serviced as a unit. The most common failure of the mirror is the pivot wearing, causing a rattle or mirror movement over bumps.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts 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.

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The interior or rear view mirror (red arrow) on MINI models can come equipped with a garage door opener and auto-dimming.
Figure 1

The interior or rear view mirror (red arrow) on MINI models can come equipped with a garage door opener and auto-dimming. It is mounted to the center front of the roof using a metal spring clip. It can be removed easily and replaced just as quickly.

First, the mirror trim has to be removed (green arrow).
Figure 2

First, the mirror trim has to be removed (green arrow). As you remove the two pieces, rotate the mirror away from the side you are removing to free the section that goes into the mirror back (red arrow).

Using a small flathead screwdriver, lever open (red arrow) the mirror trim.
Figure 3

Using a small flathead screwdriver, lever open (red arrow) the mirror trim. Then remove each side, rotating the mirror to free each piece as you remove them.

Rotate the mirror using the arm (red arrow) to detach the mirror from the mount (green arrow).
Figure 4

Rotate the mirror using the arm (red arrow) to detach the mirror from the mount (green arrow). You will have to rotate about 90°.

Pull the mirror down and remove the electrical connector from the arm (green arrow).
Figure 5

Pull the mirror down and remove the electrical connector from the arm (green arrow). Disconnect the electrical connector by pressing the release tab and pulling it apart (inset).

When installing, start with the mirror 90° off center to align the spring (red arrow) with the mount (green arrow).
Figure 6

When installing, start with the mirror 90° off center to align the spring (red arrow) with the mount (green arrow). Press the mirror up while rotating it 90°. Reinstall the mirror trim, and you are done.

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