How to replace BMW side view mirror Driver or Passenger

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DIY guide on how to change BMW side view mirror glass. A common problem with BMWs is the side mirror gets discolored over time. This is a known issue with multiple BMW including 1, 3, 5, 6 series and X1, X3, X5. BMW owners may also damage the side mirror while driving in the city or by accidentally hitting a mailbox. No need to spend $300+ to replace the whole mirror. The side mirror glass can be easily replaced and is an easy DIY project. To fix this problem you will need a new side mirror glass which can be purchased online for under $50. The procedure to replace side view mirror on BMWs takes less than 10 minutes. Step by step instructions can be found below or watch the video on how to do this yourself.

    What you will need

    1. BMW Replacement Mirror
    2. Trim Removal Tool (Optional)
    3. Protective Gloves & Glasses

    We strongly recommend that when you buy the mirror you make sure it comes with the backing plate. If your BMW has heated windows, make sure the new side mirror glass has integrated circuit for a heated mirror. Ensure that the new mirror matches the color of your mirror as well.

    It is strongly recommended to use gloves and glasses to avoid injuries in case the glass breaks.

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    We don't recommend installing a glass by gluing it over the damaged mirror. Also, avoid universal plastic side view mirror that you cut and glue on top of the old mirror. With these methods, you will a very distorted and limited view.

     

    Instructions

    Below are instruction on how to replace BMW side mirror glass. Our replacement mirror came with the black plastic backing plate. We recommend that you buy a mirror that has the backing plate as well. Otherwise, you will need to remove the old mirror. Heat up the glass. Remove it from the backing plate. Reuse the old backing plate. If the backing plate is already installed on your new replacement BMW mirror, you can skip several steps. 

    Step 1

    Tilt your BMW side view mirror down. If you are sitting in the driver's seat your mirror should show the rear tire and part of the rear door.

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    Step 2

    Make sure the mirror is lowered all the way in and is pushed towards the lower right corner. 

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    Step 3

    Use a dashboard trim removal tool to pry the old mirror out. If you don't have a trim removal tool you can use a ruler or even a flat screwdriver. Just be careful to avoid damaging the side mirror housing. 

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    Step 4

    Remove the old BMW mirror from the side mirror housing. Handle the glass with care. 

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    Step 5

    Remove the two wires that connect to the mirror heating element. Pull the wires away from the mirror to remove them. 

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    Step 6

    Place the replacement BMW mirror next to the side mirror housing. 

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    Step 7

    Connect two electrical wires to the heating element. Orientation does not matter. 

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    Step 8

    Align the new mirror with the tabs on the housing. If you skip this step you will end up breaking the tabs on the new mirror. 

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    Step 9

    Press the new mirror in place until you hear it click. Ensure the new mirror is secured into the side mirror housing. Clean the new mirror glass once you are done with the repair.

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    If a damaged BMW side view mirror has a heating element, it is very difficult to salvage the heating element if you are only replacing the glass. That's another reason why we strongly recommend that you buy a BMW side mirror glass that already has the backing plate. The new replacement mirror should have the heating installed between the glass and the backing plate.  

    Symptoms

    • BMW side mirror glass damaged
    • Brown discoloration on BMW side view mirror 
    • BMW side mirror rust
    • BMW side mirror discoloration
    • Cracked BMW side mirror
    • Broken BMW mirror glass

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Make sure the new mirror is convex and not flat. It should be similar to the original BMW mirror which has a note stating "objects are closer than they appear". That's because makes the mirror slightly convex to increase the viewing area.

     

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    Yes. You can replace the mirror alone. It is a lot easier to install a new BMW that already has the backing plate. If your replacement BMW mirror doesn't have the backing plate, you will need to glue the new glass on the old backing plate.

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