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#1 Old Nov 6th, 2010, 10:03 PM
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Replacing 01 Pathfinder passenger side mirror

Hello all,

Can someone tell me what is involved in replacing a 2001 Pathfinder passenger side (heated) mirror? I accidentally shattered the mirror glass and am not sure how to take it off and how complex it would be to replace it versus taking it to the dealer. It always feels like the dealer is ripping me off everytime I get something done there. Also, what would be a good source to buy it from? (The outside assembly is fine)

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#2 Old Nov 8th, 2010, 08:25 AM
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the glass snaps in... once you get the new glass you will see how it attaches...
#3 Old Nov 9th, 2010, 11:13 AM
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Thanks for the response.

Hopefully I can pry off the broken one without damaging the assembly behind it. I found a vendor on ebay who can send me a replacement heated mirror piece, though it attaches with some sticky backed adhesives instead of snap tabs.
#4 Old Nov 12th, 2010, 01:14 PM
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It's an easy DIY....


I did same thing - the housing is much tougher than the glass :-)

I bought a generic mirror glass - I think it's the same size as 80's chevy vans. The benefit is that it's tinted. I used a heat gun to remove the heat element and then mirror glue to reattach it. it sounds weird but the glass and backing are only mounted by the pivot in the mirror housing - just pull and it pops right out.

#5 Old Nov 12th, 2010, 05:22 PM
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Thanks for the tips. I guess I could've saved $35 bucks by re-using the heating element (since the plain mirrors were only $19.99), but the $55 replacement is already on its way.

Do you recall if you have to pull the mirror very hard to get it off? I was thinking I'd chip the broken mirror off piece by piece and see what was behind it. That's all I need is the break the backing plate too... :\
#6 Old Nov 16th, 2010, 08:02 AM
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It doesn't take much - I just moved the mirror all the way to the inside, then pulled on the outside edge.

#7 Old Nov 29th, 2010, 02:09 AM
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Finally replaced the mirror this weekend. It was glued onto the backing plate with about 2 tablespoons of super strong & sticky silicone-like adhesive. This stuff was serious industrial strength and I would've ripped the backing plate out of the mirror assembly before it let go of the mirror itself. So, I ended up chipping the broken mirror out bit by bit with a putty knife. After some serious elbow grease, it finally all came out.

After that, it wasn't too much to affix the heating element to the new mirror, hook up the wires and then slap the mirror back into the mirror assembly with the super glue.

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