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Old 05-25-2006, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how to tighten/replace side mirrors on a 96 Dodge ??

Anyone have any tips on how to do this ?? Also looking for ideas on replacement/modification for better towing visibility.
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Old 05-25-2006, 03:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Take the door panel off and their are 3 10mm nuts on each mirror, just do not over tighten them.

For better towing visibility you can swap a set off a 2002 but loose the power functions. In order to keep power you would have to buy 2 sets, one from 2002 for the bases that attach to the door and a set from an 03+ for the power/heated versions to swap the arms onto the 02 bases.

Heres some links to the tow mirror swap:
http://www.cumminsdatabase.com/read.php?id=47
http://www.turbodieselregister.com/f...ow+mirror+swap
http://www.klenger.net/dodge/2nd-gen...g-mirrors.html
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Just got finished doing this on my Dad's 96. Is the mirror mount loose from the door or does the mirror swing in and not stay where set? I'm going to assume the mirror won't stay where you put it as that is a common problem.

The following is for a pickup without power windows or power mirrors-

Remove the handles on the inside of the door if the truck is equipped with them. Pop the door panel loose at the upper corner at the front of the door and prop open with a wood block. Be careful here but you can open op a gap of several inches for access. There are 3 hex head bolts that holds the mirror onto the door. Remove these and the mirror is off. (don't let it drop!)

Remove the trim piece that covers the mount area where the mirror mounts to the door. Inside you will see a clamp arrangment that clamps over the mirror arm. Tighten this clamp TIGHT and this is what hold the mirror in place. Be careful not to strip the screws out that hold the clamp in place.

Put everything back in place.

Now, having said the above, these arms sometimes will not tighten and stay no matter how tight you tighten the clamp. We tried a thin sheet of rubber under the arm/clamp area thinking that would hold it but that didn't work. Finally just tightened up the clamps hard and that helped but they are going to be replaced soon, got a set of electric mirrors I'm going to put on for him.

If your truck has electric mirrors now, the above may not apply. Don't know haw those are installed. (YET)
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I have the electric mirrors and yes it's the arms that don't want to stay in place. If I add my clamp on tow mirrors it really causes problems as the mirrors want to stay pressed against the windows.
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Thats the exact same problem my Dad had/has.

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