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How to Remove Rearview Mirror Wire?

Posted by Mariios on April 25, 2024

No matter the reason, removing a rearview mirror wire can seem daunting, particularly when you are doing it for the first time. This is because it’s not as simple as disconnecting and replacing the wires; you need to understand the connections, too. 

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Identify and access the wires
  • Disconnect the wires
  • Detach the wires

Though these steps are easily doable, it’s recommended to seek professional help from auto glass repair experts, like from Blue Diamond Auto Glass as we have a team of experts ready to help you. 

If you still prefer to take things into your own hands, here’s what you need to do. 

Things You Will Need:

  • A flat-head screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Panel removal tool

Removing Rear View Mirror Wire

1. Identify and Access the Wires

Start by finding the exact location of the mount where the rearview mirror attaches to the windshield. There’s almost always some covering on the mount that conceals the wire. Now, depending on the covering, you might need to use a screwdriver to open it or need to clip it off. For better understanding, it’s advisable to consult your car’s manual.

2. Disconnect the Wires

Once you clip off the cover and get access to the wires, it’s time to identify the connectors. Now, here comes the hard part that requires all your attention. Here, you will need to pull apart the connectors. While some connectors require pliers to disconnect, others have locking tabs that need to be pressed. Remember to be very careful and gentle when you disconnect the components as forcing can result in severe damage. 

3. Detach the Mirror

The wires have now disconnected, so you can easily detach the mirror. For that, you will need a screwdriver. If your vehicle’s rearview mirror is attached using adhesive, you will need to melt the adhesive first using a heat gun or a blow dryer. Whatever detachment method you use, just ensure it doesn’t damage the windshield. 

How to Replace the Rearview Mirror Wire?

1. Prepare the Workspace

Before starting to work, prepare the workspace by gathering all the necessary tools. For wire replacement, you will need the following: 

  • Replacement wire
  • Crimp connectors
  • Wire strippers
  • Electrical tap

2. Splice The Wires

Before connecting the new wires to the rearview mirror, you will need to splice the wires at both ends. This is done to ensure the wires meet the recommended length. Ensure proper polarity and connect the wires using crimp connectors. The photo you took previously will come in handy to ensure proper connections. 

3. Insulate The Wires

This step is crucial as insulating prevents short circuits. Therefore, make sure you insulate all the connections very well using electrical tape. Once you are done, reassemble the mirror mount back to its original position. Take care of all the connections before reattaching. 

4. Testing Functionality

Once you have secured  the mirror in place, you can turn on the car to test the functionalities. Check to see if the wires perform their function effectively. If they don’t there must be some mistake at your end when connecting the wires. In such a situation, you will need to redo the previously mentioned steps. 

Alternatives to Replacing Rear View Mirror Wire

Instead of using the DIY method, it’s advised to use alternative methods that tend to be safer. The DIY method is typically not recommended as it involves a lot of risks. 

The following are the safe alternative options you have:

1. Replace the Rear View Mirror

Instead of replacing the rearview mirror wires, you can consider replacing the rearview mirror. This task is relatively easier and the solution tends to be more efficient. 

2. Consult Professionals

No matter how small the task is, it’s recommended to get professional help, particularly when the task involves dealing with wires. Skilled technicians at Blue Diamond Auto Glass would be more than happy to serve you. 

How do you take off a rearview mirror?

To take off a rearview mirror, look for the clip or button holding it in place and press or slide it to release the mirror.

Why does my rearview mirror have wires?

Some rearview mirrors have wires for features like auto-dimming or integrated electronics, like a compass or temperature display.


Though removing the rearview mirror wire seems to be a straightforward process, it’s not simple. The process can be more complex when there are dimming and other such functions in the mirror. However, a little attention to details, ensuring secure connection, and maintaining right polarity can help you remain successful in the process. 

If you have some experience working with wires, it won’t be an issue for you. But if you are a complete beginner, seek help from professionals at Blue Diamond Auto Glass. We will be happy to help you in removing the rearview mirror wires efficiently. Contact us today and get more information about our latest rearview mirror services.


April 25, 2024
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