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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Your Exterior Mirrors

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$15 to $60

Talent:

**

Tools:

T10, T45 Torx, trim removal tool. Flathead and Philips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (1999-05)

Parts Required:

New mirror, housing, motor or switch

Hot Tip:

Work gently with the wires on the mirror

Performance Gain:

See behind you

Complementary Modification:

Replace door panel switches

There are three separate components to the exterior mirrors on your Volkswagen GTI Mk4: the housing, the mirror and the motor (for vehicles with power mirrors. If you live in a large city there is a very good chance that someone will damage a part of, if not the whole mirror assembly. This article will guide you through replacing all the components and the housing.

You will need to remove the door and triangle trim piece to perform this work. Please see our article on door panel removal for additional help..

Mirror Switch

With the door panel off and the switch disconnected place the panel face down on a soft surface (to protect the panel).
Figure 1

With the door panel off and the switch disconnected place the panel face down on a soft surface (to protect the panel). The switch (red arrow) is in the door pull housing. While it is possible to remove the switch while the housing is in the door panel the tabs holding the switch in are very small and prone to break. I find it easier to just remove the door pull housing. Begin by removing the single Philips head screw (yellow arrow).

Use a small flathead screwdriver and gently push in the clips (red arrows) holding the housing in place and remove the housing from the panel.
Figure 2

Use a small flathead screwdriver and gently push in the clips (red arrows) holding the housing in place and remove the housing from the panel.

Now you have a much better angle to gently pry the small clips and tabs (red arrows) holding the switch in the housing.
Figure 3

Now you have a much better angle to gently pry the small clips and tabs (red arrows) holding the switch in the housing.

With the switch (red arrow) out you can see the small tabs you need to take care with when removing.
Figure 4

With the switch (red arrow) out you can see the small tabs you need to take care with when removing. Mirror Housing, Glass and Motor

With the triangle trim piece removed you can see how the mirror housing is mounted.
Figure 5

With the triangle trim piece removed you can see how the mirror housing is mounted.

Disconnect the wiring for the switch (red arrow).
Figure 6

Disconnect the wiring for the switch (red arrow).

Use a T45 Torx and remove the bolt holding the housing to the door frame (red arrow).
Figure 7

Use a T45 Torx and remove the bolt holding the housing to the door frame (red arrow). The housing will still hang on to the door by the white clip (yellow arrow) that it hangs on.

Lift the mirror up off the hook (red arrow) and pull the housing and foam gasket (yellow arrow) away from the door.
Figure 8

Lift the mirror up off the hook (red arrow) and pull the housing and foam gasket (yellow arrow) away from the door. Note: all the work forward was done with the mirror and housing off the car can be just as easily done with the housing on the car.

Tilt the mirror all the way back into the housing until you can get a trim removal tool or your fingers in behind one edge and gently pry the mirror away from the housing.
Figure 9

Tilt the mirror all the way back into the housing until you can get a trim removal tool or your fingers in behind one edge and gently pry the mirror away from the housing. The mirror (red arrow) is just held in the motor (yellow arrows) by plastic clips and will just snap off.

If you have a heated mirror carefully remove the two wires (red arrows) going to the heating element in the glass.
Figure 10

If you have a heated mirror carefully remove the two wires (red arrows) going to the heating element in the glass.

To replace the motor, remove the three Philips head screws (red arrows) holding the motor in place.
Figure 11

To replace the motor, remove the three Philips head screws (red arrows) holding the motor in place.

Pull the motor out from the assembly and remove the wiring connection (red arrow).
Figure 12

Pull the motor out from the assembly and remove the wiring connection (red arrow).

To remove the housing from the assembly remove the two T10 Torx screws on the lower trim section.
Figure 13

To remove the housing from the assembly remove the two T10 Torx screws on the lower trim section.

Unclip and remove the trim piece (red arrow).
Figure 14

Unclip and remove the trim piece (red arrow).

To remove the upper section use a small Philips head screwdriver and remove the two screws (red arrows) securing it to the assembly.
Figure 15

To remove the upper section use a small Philips head screwdriver and remove the two screws (red arrows) securing it to the assembly.

Slide the upper section up (red arrow) and off the assembly.
Figure 16

Slide the upper section up (red arrow) and off the assembly. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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