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Pelican Technical Article:

Exterior Mirror Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$30 to $260

Talent:

**

Tools:

T10, T20, T30 Torx, trim removal tool, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

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 four separate components to the exterior mirrors on your Volkswagen GTI Mk5: the housing, the mirror, the pool light 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 inner door panel to completely remove the mirror assembly from the vehicle. Please see our article on door panel removal for additional help.

Begin by placing some tape on the lower mirror housing (red arrow) and tilting the upper section of the mirror all the way back (green arrow).
Figure 1

Begin by placing some tape on the lower mirror housing (red arrow) and tilting the upper section of the mirror all the way back (green arrow). Use a trim removal tool and gently pry the mirror away from the housing (yellow arrow).The mirror is just held in place with plastic clips and will release with a little pressure.

Disconnect the wiring for the heated mirror (red arrows).
Figure 2

Disconnect the wiring for the heated mirror (red arrows). Make sure to note which color wire goes where.

Use a T10 Torx and remove the three Torx screws holding the motor in place (red arrows).
Figure 3

Use a T10 Torx and remove the three Torx screws holding the motor in place (red arrows).

Pull the motor from the housing and separate the wiring connection.
Figure 4

Pull the motor from the housing and separate the wiring connection. The connection on our project car had clips that needed to be separated outward (yellow arrows) from the housing to remove the connection.

To remove the plastic upper housing on the mirror you will need to unclip the two tabs that hold the housing on (red arrows).
Figure 5

To remove the plastic upper housing on the mirror you will need to unclip the two tabs that hold the housing on (red arrows). Use a screwdriver or pick and gently pull these forward.

With the clips released pull the housing upward (red arrows).
Figure 6

With the clips released pull the housing upward (red arrows).

The red arrows indicate the two clips on the assembly that you need to pull forward to release the housing.
Figure 7

The red arrows indicate the two clips on the assembly that you need to pull forward to release the housing.

Squeeze together the two plastic clips (red arrows) on the metal bracket and remove the rubber surround.
Figure 8

Squeeze together the two plastic clips (red arrows) on the metal bracket and remove the rubber surround.

With the clips released the surround can be removed.
Figure 9

With the clips released the surround can be removed.

Use a T10 Torx and remove the two Torx screws holding the pool light to the assembly (red arrows).
Figure 10

Use a T10 Torx and remove the two Torx screws holding the pool light to the assembly (red arrows).

Remove the pool light and disconnect the wiring connection (red arrow).
Figure 11

Remove the pool light and disconnect the wiring connection (red arrow).

Remove the two T10 Torx screws from the base and remove the pool light (red arrows, one screw already removed).
Figure 12

Remove the two T10 Torx screws from the base and remove the pool light (red arrows, one screw already removed).

To remove the rear view mirror assembly from the vehicle you will need to remove the triangle piece; to do this you will first need to remove the door panel.
Figure 13

To remove the rear view mirror assembly from the vehicle you will need to remove the triangle piece; to do this you will first need to remove the door panel. Please see our article on door panel removal for additional assistance. With the door panel removed you will have access to the triangle trim piece and speaker (yellow arrow). Begin by tracing the two wiring harnesses from the speakers and separate them from their connections at the window motor (red arrow) and connection below the triangle (green arrow).

Use a T20 Torx and remove the single Torx screw at the base of the triangle (red arrow).
Figure 14

Use a T20 Torx and remove the single Torx screw at the base of the triangle (red arrow).

Use a trim removal tool and pry the triangle piece away from the door frame (red arrow).
Figure 15

Use a trim removal tool and pry the triangle piece away from the door frame (red arrow).

Remove the protective plug from the door frame and then remove the three T30 Torx screws (red arrows) holding the mirror assembly to the door frame.
Figure 16

Remove the protective plug from the door frame and then remove the three T30 Torx screws (red arrows) holding the mirror assembly to the door frame. Make sure you use a magnetic Torx driver or a small piece of tape on the end of your driver. You do NOT want the screws falling down into the door frame or you will have to remove the outer door skin to retrieve them.

You can now remove the exterior mirror assembly from the door (red arrow).
Figure 17

You can now remove the exterior mirror assembly from the door (red arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal. Use care when installing the new mirror assembly base to the door. The ridges on the base of the mirror assembly needs to clip in under the rubber trim on the door.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Kyriakos Comments: Thats really helpfull for all us! Nice work and thank you to much.
October 25, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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