It was just a matter of time before the right side mirror on our 2010 got whacked. We live on a narrow street, we have a narrow driveway and there's a utility pole right next to the entrance to the driveway. While backing in the other day, my wife clipped the pole and broke the right side mirror.
After inspecting the damage, I decide to replace the mirror myself and wanted to share the experience. As with any DIY, do not attempt this repair if you don't have the necessary tools or skills. If you try this procedure and break something, well ... you were warned and I assume no responsibility.
Some of the interior panels are held in place with screws and pop-style connectors. The pop-style connectors are easiest to remove in warm weather. In cold weather, they tend to break
so you may want to order a few replacements to have on hand, just in case. It was over 90 degrees F when I did my repair and all of the connectors came free without breaking.
20 - 30 minutes.
Phillips head screw driver
KTC trim removal tools (highly recommended) or a large flat blade screw driver with the tip wrapped with electrical tape
Small straight blade screw driver
A small dentist's-style pick can be handy, too.
Wire cutters (optional)
I ordered a replacement mirror assembly from Majestic Honda - about $230 for a new unit.
1 - My broken mirror assembly was hanging by the wire bundle that feeds the adjustment motor, the turn indictor and mirror heater. I tried to secure the broken mirror with various types of tape, but was worried that it would come loose and scratch the paint on the door. Since the mirror assembly was in pieces, I was able to access and cut each of the wires individually. I removed the outside assembly and then wrapped the wire with tape so I could drive the car while waiting for the new mirror to arrive.
2 - Carefully pry and remove the interior black cover located directly behind the mirror assembly. This cover is held in with one plastic pop-style connector.
2RemoveSmallPlasticCover | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
3 - Carefully pry loose the dust cover that covers the screw by the armrest. It's just laying in place. The dentist's-style pick works well for this purpose.
3RemoveArmRestScrewCover | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
4 - Remove the Phillips head screw from the armrest area.
4RemoveArmRestScrew | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
5 - Using the small straight blade screw driver, remove the cover behind the door latch release by loosing the tab at the top.
5RemoveDoorPullScrewCover | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
6 - Remove the two Phillips head screws from behind the door latch release.
6RemoveDoorPullScrews | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
7 - Carefully pry loose the door panel using the KTC tools or a large straight blade screw driver wrapped in electrical tape. Work around the edge of the door and take your time. You should each a pop as each of the connectors comes loose.
7RemoveDoorPanel | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
8 - Carefully lift the door panel away from the door just a few inches. The last part of the panel that attaches to the door is the edge near the window. Remember the panel is still attached to the door latch release mechanism and cables. I was able to rest the door panel on a tool box positioned underneath the door. You only need to move the panel enough to access the three nuts that hold the mirror assembly in place and the electrical connector.
8RestDoorPanel | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
9 - Disconnect the electrical connector by pressing the release tab and pulling apart.
9DisconnectMirrorWireConnector | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
10 - Pull the electrical wire support out of the door using a KTC tool or a pair of pliers. In this photo I've already released the wire from the support.
10PullMirrorWireSupport | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
11 - Remove the three 10mm nuts that hold the mirror assembly in place while supporting the assembly from the outside of the door.
11RemoveMirrorAssyNuts | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
12 - Remove the mirror assembly, threading the wires though the hole as you go.
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Here is the old mirror assembly (in pieces) next to the new assembly.
13 - Thread the wires from the new assembly through the door.
13TheadWiresForNewMirrorAssy | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
14 - While supporting the assembly from the outside of the door, seat the front edge first. There's a small clip that needs to seat before you install the three 10mm nuts. Then insert the wire support into the door and plug in the electrical connector.
14InstallMirrorAssyNutsWires | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
15 - Ensure that all of the red pop-style fasteners are attached to the door panel. Sometimes they break off when you remove the door panel and remain attached to the door. Any broken fasteners should be replaced or you could end up with an annoying rattle.
15InspectandInstallDoorPanel | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
16 - Seat the top of the door panel (next to the window) first, then carefully work your way around the door panel. You should hear each fastener pop back into place as you push on the panel.
17 - Install the black cover behind the mirror assembly. It should just snap back into place.
18 - Test the mirror adjustment motor and the turn indicator.
If everything works, you're done!
Hopefully you'll never have to do this repair, but if you do ...