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Pelican Technical Article:

Exterior Mirror Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

***

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, T20, T30 Torx, trim clip or door panel tool

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz E320 (2003-09)
Mercedes-Benz E500 (2003-06)
Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG (2003-06)

Parts Required:

Mirror, mirror glass, door panel clips, mirror entrance bulb

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 five serviceable parts, the glass, the complete mirror, the entrance bulb, the cover and the LED light strip. 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 paint work to be completed.

Once you remove the cover, you can replace the entrance bulb or the LED light strip. The entire mirror can also be serviced as one part. Be sure to have your new cover painted before installing.

If you're replacing the entire mirror assembly, you'll remove the inner door trim panel trim cover.

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.

This tech article will show you how to replace the left side mirror (red arrow).
Figure 1

This tech article will show you how to replace the left side mirror (red arrow). The right side is similar.

Mirror glass: If the glass is cracked or in the condition where you think it may shatter, cover the mirror with tape (red arrow) to prevent glass pieces from falling off.
Figure 2

Mirror glass: If the glass is cracked or in the condition where you think it may shatter, cover the mirror with tape (red arrow) to prevent glass pieces from falling off. Pull the top of the mirror forward.

Mirror glass: Next, use a small pick and release the metal retainer by pulling it up.
Figure 3

Mirror glass: Next, use a small pick and release the metal retainer by pulling it up. While holding it, pull the mirror glass off the mirror.

Mirror glass: Next, disconnect the electrical connectors.
Figure 4

Mirror glass: Next, disconnect the electrical connectors. Press the release tab (blue arrow) and pull the connector apart. The red arrow points to the retainer you are lifting with a pick to remove the glass. 

Mirror glass: Next, To install new glass, start by connecting the electrical connector.
Figure 5

Mirror glass: Next, To install new glass, start by connecting the electrical connector. Then, align the tab on the mirror glass (red arrow) with the slot on the mirror motor (blue arrow). Then gently snap the mirror glass back into place.

Mirror replacing: Remove the mirror glass.
Figure 6

Mirror replacing: Remove the mirror glass. See above. Remove the door trim piece from the door panel. Pull the trim piece off or use a plastic prying tool to detach it (red arrow).

Mirror replacing: Working at the door module, unplug the two electrical connectors (red arrows).
Figure 7

Mirror replacing: Working at the door module, unplug the two electrical connectors (red arrows). Press the release tab and pull the connectors straight out. The release tab is on the jamb side.

Mirror replacing: Fold the mirror toward the rear of the vehicle.
Figure 8

Mirror replacing: Fold the mirror toward the rear of the vehicle. Use a flathead screwdriver to lever the retaining clip (blue arrow) toward the door. This will release the cover. As you release the clip, slide the cover off the mirror. The inset and red arrow show the clip you have to release to remove the mirror cover. This is viewed with the cover removed.

Mirror replacing: As you release the clip, slide the cover off the mirror (red arrow).
Figure 9

Mirror replacing: As you release the clip, slide the cover off the mirror (red arrow).

Mirror replacing: Fold the mirror toward the front of the vehicle (red arrow).
Figure 10

Mirror replacing: Fold the mirror toward the front of the vehicle (red arrow). Remove the lower T20 Torx fastener (blue arrow).

Mirror replacing: Release the mirror to the rest position.
Figure 11

Mirror replacing: Release the mirror to the rest position. Then remove the two remaining front T20 Torx fasteners (red arrows). 

Mirror replacing: Remove the mirror from the door.
Figure 12

Mirror replacing: Remove the mirror from the door. Feed the wiring harness with the rubber grommet through the doorframe when removing the mirror. Note that I left my mirror glass installed (blue arrow). You can do this, however Mercedes-Benz suggests to remove the glass before removing the cover. When installing, reverse the order of the removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged door panel clips. Properly route all wiring as before. If you're the replacing bulbs of the LED strip, see the final step.

Mirror lights: Remove the Phillips head screws (blue arrows).
Figure 13

Mirror lights: Remove the Phillips head screws (blue arrows). Then pull the LED strip out of the cover and replace it with a new one. To replace the entrance bulb (red arrow), rotate the bulb socket 45° counterclockwise and pull it out of the cover. Then remove and replace the bulb. Do not touch the bulb glass with your bare skin. 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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Comments and Suggestions:
Jack Comments: How do you removal a headliner from a 2003 E500 with sunroof
June 14, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
E 55 AMG V8 Kompresser Comments: E 55 AMG V8 Kompresser Comments: How would you go about
Hi Nick thanks for the reply but I found out is not necessary removing the glass at all so wanted to share it..

1 Start with Figure 8
2 Figure 9 adjust the mirror glass inwards while sliding it off and it will come of easily, no need removing the glass. takes 2 min very simple. once is off leave the glass in the position and it slides easily on again..

Can adjust the glass while sliding it off to find the best position and leave it there
December 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Ah, nice one. So moving the glass allows the cover to clear it. Thanks for the tip. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
E 55 AMG V8 Kompresser Comments: How would you go about if just replacing the mirror exterior bulb, remove the cover or remove the mirror glass or both?
December 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Both need to come off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Alex Comments: Thank you for sharing these guides. My left mirror and windshield are both cracked. I hadn't realized that the glass for the mirror was so easy to replace. It is necessary to hire a professional to replace the windshield, right?
November 24, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You are better off letting a pro replace the windshield. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bryce Trout Comments: I'm not sure how it happened but I came out to my car and my side mirror was completely shattered. I definitely need a mirror replacement because driving like that is dangerous and probably illegal. I really liked how you took me step by step through the whole process and I feel confident that I can make my ride more safe. Thank you for sharing.
October 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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