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Old 01-25-2013, 04:20 PM   #1
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Advice on Replacing Side Mirror 2013 Explorer

Short story, wife broke mirror on 2013 Explorer, 2,000 miles. Egads....

So long story and looking for advice. Dealer wanted $536, $416 parts plus $120 labor (1 hour). I picked up new mirror on Ebay for $250, dealer said they would install if I brought it in. It doesn't need to be painted, so +1 on that!

Dealer said door panel needs to be pulled, yada, yada, yada that's why 1 hour labor. Anyone replaced the side mirror? Does the whole panel need to be pulled or is there easier way to get to the bolts to remove the nuts? How difficult is it to replace this myself?

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Old 01-25-2013, 08:48 PM   #2
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Short story, wife broke mirror on 2013 Explorer, 2,000 miles. Egads....

So long story and looking for advice. Dealer wanted $536, $416 parts plus $120 labor (1 hour). I picked up new mirror on Ebay for $250, dealer said they would install if I brought it in. It doesn't need to be painted, so +1 on that!

Dealer said door panel needs to be pulled, yada, yada, yada that's why 1 hour labor. Anyone replaced the side mirror? Does the whole panel need to be pulled or is there easier way to get to the bolts to remove the nuts? How difficult is it to replace this myself?

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Not knowing exactly the type of mirror you have, fordparts.com lists them from $283 to $525 so $250 is less than the least expensive one. Good luck. It seems to me that I read a post that mentioned that the door panel had to be removed.

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Old 01-25-2013, 09:39 PM   #3
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Not knowing exactly the type of mirror you have, fordparts.com lists them from $283 to $525 so $250 is less than the least expensive one. Good luck. It seems to me that I read a post that mentioned that the door panel had to be removed.

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I had checked out Ford Parts, it's part #BB5Z17683BA. Same price as dealer (dealer price is with tax). Another seller on Ebay has this same part for $290 so better deal to be had on Ebay for this Ford Part. I've looked at the door panel and was hoping there was alternative to getting the black plastic panel off instead of removing the whole panel. With all the switches and such I think I'll have to dip into the wallet to have dealer do the job.
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No, the whole panel does not have to be removed, just the black piece that sits above the panel. The screws holding the mirror on sit behind that. Do a search, someone else did a mirror replacement and thats all it took.
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No, the whole panel does not have to be removed, just the black piece that sits above the panel. The screws holding the mirror on sit behind that. Do a search, someone else did a mirror replacement and thats all it took.
From the replacement part I can see it should be easy to replace if I can get to the bolts/nuts. I had done several searches and haven't found info on how to remove the black plastic cover. The dealer then said they had to remove the panel so I thought I'd ask here. Seems like it should be simple, just can't figure out how to get the panel off.
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From the replacement part I can see it should be easy to replace if I can get to the bolts/nuts. I had done several searches and haven't found info on how to remove the black plastic cover. The dealer then said they had to remove the panel so I thought I'd ask here. Seems like it should be simple, just can't figure out how to get the panel off.
Did you try pulling on it? Seriously......there are 3 clips that hold it on. Get your fingers slightly behind it and pull.....There are TWO nuts that hold the mirror in place.....just dont drop the nuts, otherwise you will be pulling the door panels off.....but for those, its just 2 screws and a bunch of clips also....

Took me more time to take the pictures and right this post than it did for me to pop it off.......


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Did you try pulling on it? Seriously......there are 3 clips that hold it on. Get your fingers slightly behind it and pull.....There are TWO nuts that hold the mirror in place.....just dont drop the nuts, otherwise you will be pulling the door panels off.....but for those, its just 2 screws and a bunch of clips also....

Took me more time to take the pictures and right this post than it did for me to pop it off.......


Thanks for the response. And yes, I did try to pull on it and saw that it had some movement. But before I started to pull on it and have something snap off trying to pry it off I thought I'd ask first. As dealer told me they had to pull the door panel I wasn't sure if there might be some attachment under the panel for this plastic cover. After seeing how Ford f'd up easy access to the fuse panel nothing would surprise me.

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No, the whole panel does not have to be removed, just the black piece that sits above the panel. The screws holding the mirror on sit behind that. Do a search, someone else did a mirror replacement and thats all it took.
Thanks for jumping in with that cnsheets. I wasn't sure about that part. I do recall a post where someone mentioned that there were screws by the armrest that had to be removed but I could not recall if it was for the mirror access or not.
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If you need to remove the entire door panel, there is a screw behind a cover at the door pull handle of the armrest area, and a screw behind a cover that sits behind the door release lever, then the rest are just clips...but for mirror, its just the top black panel as shown in the picture.
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