How to remove/replace/repair mirror parts on most Volvo's

Posted by myvolvoparts on 9/7/2018 to Volvo Repair Instructions
How to remove/replace/repair mirror parts on most Volvo's
Repair instructions for removing a mirror glass and repairing a Volvo mirror. This is the same for most if not all Volvo's 1995-Up. This repair may be needed to replace a broken or missing glass, mirror cover or to replace a light bulb inside the mirror. Instructions will show you how to remove and install Volvo mirrors, mirror glass, turn signal lens, motor and mirror cover.

Step one. Adjust the mirror you are working on so that the glass is all the way in towards the inside of car which will open up a gap on the outer mirror edge.

Step two. Once you have adjusted the mirror so that there is a gap in the outer edge you need to use a plastic pry tool (we sell one made by Volvo called a bone tool). Use the tool to pry on the outer edge of the mirror glass between the mirror frame and glass until glass pops off. You'll need to catch the glass and not let it hang because on most models there will be wires attached that need to be unplugged and not yanked on.


Step three. Gently unplug the connectors from the mirror glass and set the glass aside for now in a safe place. If replacing a mirror glass only you need to simply plug the wire connectors onto the new mirror glass and then you set the mirror glass in place and apply pressure until the glass snaps onto the mirror motor frame. On some models there will be white tabs that must be aligned into the slots before applying pressure. You should also inspect the mirror motor and frame and make sure it is not broken or cracked as that may have to be replaced or the glass will not stay on. Genuine Volvo mirror glass come with a new black base so you do not have to glue or stick the glass to the old one you simply throw away the old mirror glass and base and install the new one.


Step four. If your repair is beyond just the glass the proceed to locate the screw(s) that hold on the back cover of the mirror (usually the cover is painted the same color as the car but not on all models). When you remove the screw(s) you should be able to wiggle off the mirror back cover but some models have tabs that must be located and pressed on one direction or another to release the back cover.

Step five. If all you needed is to replace the back cover then attach the new back cover by aligning it up with the mirror, making sure any tabs are aligned and in place then install screw(s) and mirror glass. If you are replacing the mirror turn signal lens or the mirror motor then you now have access to them. The motor is held in place by one screw in the center on most Volvo's and the lens is too. Simply remove motor or lens and install new ones. If you need to remove the entire mirror then see more steps below.

Step six. Remove the entire mirror from car. You will need to remove the triangle shaped cover that is inside the car on the door. On some cars this is a simple plastic cover with three clips and on other Volvo's it is a triangle shaped speaker. Most applications this cover/speaker is just pryed off the car with the bone tool which gives access to a screw/nut that must be removed so that mirror can be pulled free from the car. On most Volvo's you will have to remove the interior door panel in order to access the mirror wiring harness connector and disconnect the old mirror from the harness and connect the new mirror harness. On some models you may be able to wiggle the harness up enough to unplug without removing the door panel but be careful. Reverse all of the steps to reinstall the new mirror or the repaired mirror.

Things we did not discuss that you may run into. Some models have additional parts inside the mirror that may need to be replaced or repaired. 

BLISS. On some Volvo models they have an option called BLISS (Blind Spot Information System) which has a camera that is usually located inside the mirror cover at the bottom or base of the mirror. Once you remove the glass and painted cover you will have access to the top areas of the camera system but there is also a bottom cover that can be removed allowing access to that area as well.

Temperature Sensor. Some Volvo models have an outside temperature sensor inside the mirror that can fail and need to be replaced.

Folding Mirrors. Some Volvo models have an electric folding mirror option that allows you to not just adjust the mirror glass but the entire mirror body and frame can be folded in towards the door allowing clearance for parking and it also can be used while parking your car on a busy street allowing you to protect the mirror from damage

Your first thought when looking at cars is probably not about the side mirrors. Many cars today, however, are technologically advanced and have several safety features located on the side mirrors that you should keep in mind. Here are some great safety options for your side mirrors!

1. Heated Mirrors

Heated mirrors immediately give you the use of your side mirrors in winter months. You don’t want to scrape frost off of the mirrors because it would be time consuming and could potentially damage the mirrors. How do you turn on the heated side mirrors? Simply turn on the rear defroster and your mirrors will start heating up!

2. Turn Signal

The majority of cars’ turn signals are only located at the front and rear of the car. With turn signals on side mirrors, cars on all sides of the vehicles can see your indication to turn clearly.

3. Blind Spot Detection

Blind spots can be highly dangerous, but with new technology, your car can see where you can’t. Blind spot detection systems are a sensor located on the side mirrors to warn the driver if a car or any object is in the blind spot. The sensor detects the object and then gives a visual (such as a light), audible, or vibrating message to the driver that tells them to be aware of the blind spot. Different car manufacturers will call this feature something different. Volvo and Ford label it BLIS (Blind Spot Information System); Mercedes-Benz says Blind Spot Assist; and DodgeJeep, and Chrysler call it Blind Spot & Cross Path Detection.

4. Puddle Light

A puddle light is attached beneath the side mirrors to illuminate the ground next to the doors. As the name suggests, it can be used to see if there are puddles next to the car or anything to be avoided.

5. Power Folding

Power folding mirrors can fold in against the side of the car. This allows the car to park in or move through narrow areas without fear of someone or something hitting the mirror. It also gives you peace of mind that no one will knock off the mirror when you’re parked.

6. Blind Spot Mirrors

A blind spot mirror is an additional mirror attached to or next to the side mirror. It is at a different angle than the side mirror to give a better view of the car’s blind spot. Trucks often have these mirrors so the driver can see what they are towing behind the truck.

These safety features can be very handy and can give you peace of mind while driving. Some of these can be added after purchasing the car, but many are installed by the manufacturer.


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