How to Install a Toyota Camry Side View Mirror

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Your Toyota Camry is a reliable and stylish car, and you try to keep it up the best you can. Just because a side view mirror breaks does not mean you have to invest in expensive parts and labor to reinstall one. You can purchase an aftermarket mirror of excellent quality from online sellers on sites such as eBay that look just like the original mirror and cost a fraction of what you'd pay for a new one. Installing a new side view mirror yourself is easy.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver 3/8-inch drive ratchet 3-inch-long 3/8-inch drive extension 10-mm socket Telescopic magnet

How to Install a Toyota Camry Side View Mirror

  • Roll down the window all the way on the door on which you're replacing the side view mirror.

  • Locate the interior mirror molding in the upper corner of the open window. It is triangular and may be black or the same color as the interior panels.

  • Pry the triangular molding off gently with the screwdriver. It's a snap-in-place molding and simply needs to be pried off. At the bottom of the molding is a 1/4-inch lip that inserts into the window cavity. Pry it loose from the door, and lift the lip out of the window cavity.

  • Locate the wire harness. Gently pull the wire out of the middle hole in the door. Use the screwdriver to assist you in pressing in the lock clip to unplug the harness from the mirror wire.

  • Remove the three foam rubber plugs from the door.

  • Locate the nuts inside the door cavity behind the foam rubber plugs. Remove them with the ratchet, extension and socket. Hold the telescopic magnet alongside the socket so the nut does not fall into the door cavity.

  • Remove the old mirror from the door. Most likely the old weather stripping will have sealed the mirror to the door and will require a little effort to remove, but don't overdo it and scratch the paint on the door.

  • Insert the new mirror and thread and tighten the nuts onto the mirror studs one at a time.

  • Plug the mirror wire back into the wire harness, and tuck it back into the door cavity.

  • Replace the foam rubber plugs.

  • Insert the interior molding lip into the window cavity, and press it against the door until it snaps into place.

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