How to Replace a Wing Mirror Glass

Got a crack on the wing mirror glass and thinking of replacing it yourself? This guide will walk you through the steps of replacing wing mirror glass.

How to Replace Wing Mirror Glass

In many modern cars, the glass comes prefixed to the back panel which means it’s not as easy to replace as it used to be. However, you could still try a few steps

  1. Identify and Examine the Correct Replacement Glass: Ensure you purchase the correct replacement glass for your vehicle’s make and model. Compatibility is key to a seamless fit. Take a close look at the assembly and design of the new mirror on that back – this will give you a better understanding of the mechanism and what you can expect when removing the old mirror from the housing.
  2. Remove the Old Glass: Carefully pry the damaged glass from the mirror housing with a plastic or trimming tool. Some models will have a plastic or metal backing that clips into the mirror motor. Others may require gently levering off the glass (from side to side) with a suitable tool. Make sure you use gloves and place a microfibre cloth or protective tape around the mirror panel to avoid scratches.
  3. Remove any Connections: Unplug any electrical or heating connections where necessary. Keep a track of which wire goes where as you’ll need to know this when installing the new mirror.
  4. Prepare the Surface: Clean the interior of the mirror housing and ensure that any old adhesive is removed and the surface is dry.
  5. Install the New Glass: If the new glass has clips, align them with the housing and press them firmly into place. Make sure to attach the electrical connectors if any. For adhesive-backed glass, apply the adhesive as instructed, position the glass, and apply even pressure for a secure fit. Ensure that the mirror is aligned with the locking tabs on the housing properly. If the mirror has retaining clips, make sure to snap them back into place.
  6. Test the Fit: Once installed, adjust the mirror using the interior controls to ensure it moves freely and provides the correct field of view.

This is a general overview as the mechanisms for the wing mirror on each vehicle can differ. If you’re not confident doing this yourself, it’s highly recommended to get a professional mechanic to do this for you. Mobile mechanics can do this job right on your driveway.

How Much to Replace a Wing Mirror

The cost of replacing a wing mirror can vary widely depending on several factors, including the make and model of your vehicle, whether you require a complete mirror assembly or just the glass, and the price of the part. Prices can range from as little as £20 for a piece of replacement glass that you fit yourself, to over £100 for a complete mirror assembly installed by a professional.

How to Stick Wing Mirror Glass Back On

If the glass itself is intact but has come loose from the housing, it’s often possible to reattach it using a special adhesive designed for automotive mirrors. This can be a cost-effective and straightforward solution:

  1. Clean Both Surfaces: Ensure both the back of the mirror glass and the mirror housing are clean and dry.
  2. Apply the Adhesive: Follow the instructions on the adhesive package, applying it to either the glass or housing as directed.
  3. Position the Glass: Carefully align the glass with the housing and press firmly into place.
  4. Allow to Cure: Avoid adjusting the mirror or driving the vehicle for the amount of time recommended by the adhesive manufacturer.

Remember, this is applicable for wing mirrors attached with adhesive only. If you’re unsure about doing this yourself, it’s best to let a professional mechanic handle it for you to avoid any further damage.

Where Can I Get My Wing Mirror Fixed?

If you need more than just the glass replaced, there are several options available:

Local Garages and Body Shops: These establishments typically offer wing mirror repairs at competitive prices.

Mobile Repair Services: Some services will come to your home or workplace, offering a convenient solution without the need to drop off your vehicle.

ClickMechanic has both vetted garages and mobile mechanics who can carry out a wing mirror repair and replacement without you having to leave your house.

Which Wing Mirror Is It Illegal to Drive Without?

In the UK, the law requires that vehicles have a minimum of two rear-view mirrors that provide an adequate view of the road behind. Specifically, this means that the interior rear-view mirror and the driver’s side wing mirror are mandatory. Driving without either of these mirrors can result in legal penalties, as it significantly reduces the driver’s ability to see other road users.

It’s not illegal to drive without the passenger side wing mirror, provided the other two mirrors (offside wing mirror and interior mirror) are intact. Remember, driving without a driver’s side wing mirror, or with it not functioning properly, is illegal, as well as being a definite MOT failure and considered dangerous.

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Louanne’s work at ClickMechanic might revolve around branding and customer engagement, but her passions extend far beyond the marketing sphere. A true foodie at heart, she loves exploring diverse cuisines and talking about her culinary adventures across the world. Her writing prowess shines through in her car-related blog content, where she offers invaluable driving tips and practical car repair advice.

In her Suzuki Jimny 4-wheel drive, Louanne combines her sense of adventure with her automotive know-how, transforming every drive into a lesson and a pleasure.