The driver's side rear view mirror (power) is cracked and I received a replacement mirror (glass only) and two adhesive strips. How do I get the old glass out to put the new one in, or do am I supposed to use the adhesive to put the new mirror (glass) over the existing one? Or, do I have to replace the entire unit?
You will need to remove the broken glass by prying with a screwdriver/small putty knife. You can apply heat (being careful not to melt or distort the backing plate) if there are area which just won't pry up. Installation of the new glass will depend upon the style of backing plate you may have. The following website highlights them with links to the proper technique on the right-hand side of the page: http://www.burcoinc.com/products/redi_cuts/installation/
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Re: replacing a rear view mirror
You have to CAREFULLY ( probably wise to wear safety goggles ) and with a flat blade screwdriver, pry out ALL the broken mirror glass wearing gloves. Now with the 2 adhesive strips, align mirror glass and adhere to base. Hope this helps
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You don't say if it's just the glass mirror that's broke or is the housing cracked as well.
If it's just the glass mirror, it's held in place by double-faced adhesive tape. You can buy a replacement from a dealer or on-line. To get the old one lose, heat the glass with a hair dryer while pulling on the glass with a hooked tool.
Mirror, Power — Outside Rear View
NOTE: This procedure applies to both RH and LH power outside rear view mirrors.
Remove the front door trim panel (23942). Refer to Section 01-05 for the removal procedure.
Remove the two outside rear view mirror inside mounting hole cover screws and the outside rear view mirror mounting hole cover (17K709) from the front door (20124).
Remove the wire clip.
Disconnect the power outside rear view mirror electrical connector.
Remove the three power outside rear view mirror bolts and the power outside rear view mirror.
To install, reverse the removal procedure.
Tighten the three power outside rear view mirror bolts to 3-4 Nm (27-35 lb-in).
Glass, Outside Mirror Removal and Installation
Refer to the glass replacement procedures in Manual Mirror for power outside rear view mirror glass (17K707)
Trim Cover Removal
Remove the front door trim panel. Refer to Section 01-05 for the removal procedure.
Remove the two outside rear view mirror inside mounting hole cover screws.
Remove the outside rear view mirror mounting hole cover.
To install, reverse the removal procedure.
Mirror Control Removal
Use a small flat-blade screwdriver to pry the power outside rear view mirror control switch from the instrument panel (04320).
Position the inner edge or the exterior rear view mirror glass to its maximum travel.
WARNING: Place a shop towel between the exterior rear view mirror glass and the hand to avoid personal injury in the instance of glass breakage. Grasp the outboard edge of the exterior rear view mirror glass and pull outward.
Remove the exterior rear view mirror glass.
If equipped, disconnect the heated rear view mirror glass electrical connectors.
If equipped, connect the heated rear view mirror glass electrical connectors.
NOTE: An audible click will be heard during installation. Press firmly in the center of the exterior rear view mirror glass until it snaps onto the exterior rear view mirror motor.
That dependso on if the housing itself is broken then yes. If the face plate that is attached to the mirror itself is flapping around then maybe. If it is just the mirror, just go to your neighborhood auto glass shop and but a "Ready-Cut" mirror for a small amount of money. they come already cut to fit perfectly. As for removing the old glass, take a very small flat screw driver and pry the glass away from the face plate. Once completely cleaned out use the adhesive from the ready cut and place them on the face plate. Next press the new mirror onto the flace pate, being careful not to press to hard or it will snap it in half.
SECTION 501-09: Rear View Mirrors
2001 Explorer/Mountaineer Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Exterior Mirror Glass, 2001 model
Removal NOTE: Exterior mirror glass is serviceable only on vehicles built after July of 2001. NOTE: Passenger side exterior mirror shown, driver side exterior mirror similar. All mirrors
Position the glass in the full up position.
Locate the notch at the bottom of the exterior mirror glass.
Release the exterior mirror glass.
Insert a long flat-bladed screwdriver in the notch.
Push the screwdriver into the notch until the glass is released.
Position aside the exterior mirror glass.
Disconnect the electrical connectors.
Remove the exterior mirror glass (17K707) passenger side or (17T675) driver side.
Installation Heated mirrors
Connect the electrical connectors.
Position the exterior mirror glass on the exterior mirror motor.
Place a hand against the back of the exterior mirror housing and a hand flat against the exterior mirror glass. Press the glass in place until fully seated.
Start with a good thick pair of leather gloves, a putty knife, and a tall trash can. Place the trash can below the mirror, tilt the mirror inward so you get a hold of the outer edge, and carefully pry the remaining pieces of mirror from the backing plate. Do not apply any pressure directly to the backing plate, or you may damage the gears on the electric motor. You should be able to pick up a new mirror and adhesive at your local auto parts store. Use masking tape and a couple of wood blocks to hold the glass in place while the adhesive sets (blocks against the glass, then wrap the whole thing in tape).