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Exterior Mirror Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Exterior Mirror Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

***

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, 5mm Allen, tape

Applicable Models:

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

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 can do the entire procedure from outside the vehicle. There is no need to remove the interior trim panels.

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 (green arrow), mirror glass (red arrow) and the complete mirror.
Figure 1

The exterior mirror has a total of three serviceable parts, the mirror cover (green arrow), mirror glass (red arrow) and the complete mirror.

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

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 3

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

Mirror glass: Next, disconnect the electrical connectors (green arrows).
Figure 4

Mirror glass: Next, disconnect the electrical connectors (green arrows). 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 cover: Remove the mirror glass.
Figure 5

Mirror cover: Remove the mirror glass. Then release the five clips (green arrows). Press them toward the outside of the mirror housing while pulling the cover off the mirror.

Mirror cover: Pull the cover off to remove it (red arrow).
Figure 6

Mirror cover: Pull the cover off to remove it (red arrow). When installing the new cover, be sure all five clips audibly snap into place.

Mirror replacing: Rotate the mirror down.
Figure 7

Mirror replacing: Rotate the mirror down. Then remove the 5mm Allen fastener (green arrow). Then, rotate the mirror up and remove the 5mm Allen fastener (red arrow).

Mirror replacing: Support the mirror when removing the final fastener.
Figure 8

Mirror replacing: Support the mirror when removing the final fastener.

Mirror replacing: Protect the door with tape (green arrow).
Figure 9

Mirror replacing: Protect the door with tape (green arrow). Then disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow) by squeezing the release tabs and pulling the connector straight off.

Mirror replacing: When installing, align the pins on the mirror with the holes in the door (green arrows).
Figure 10

Mirror replacing: When installing, align the pins on the mirror with the holes in the door (green arrows). Reverse the steps to install the new mirror.

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