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Ford Thunderbird Car and Truck Exterior Mirrors

The Ford Thunderbird is a full-size, rear-wheel-drive convertible that features molded side mirrors attached to the door frames. Replacing these mirrors takes about 30 minutes to an hour, and the install requires only a few tools. Replacement mirrors are available for all generations of this vehicle, and many Thunderbird parts are compatible with all models of their generation.

How do you replace the exterior mirrors?

Before performing this procedure, park your Thunderbird, turn off the engine, and engage the parking brake. The side mirrors are held in place by a frame connected to the interior door panel. Depending on the model year of your Thunderbird, the mirrors may or may not be connected to the cars electrical system by a power cable.

  • Remove the inner door panel by unfastening the plastic tabs with a screwdriver or door panel remover.
  • Unplug the electrical wires, if any, connecting the mirror housing to the door frame.
  • Remove the screws holding the cover onto the mirror housing and then remove the cover and the mirror glass.
  • Place the new glass inside the mirror housing and then fasten the cover to the housing.
  • Slide the mirror housing into the door frame and then attach the power wires and replace the inner panel on the door.
Do car and truck side mirrors use special glass?

Automotive mirrors are made from tempered glass that is resistant to fractures and discoloration. They’re slightly convex to make reflected objects appear larger and more visible to drivers and passengers. Replacement mirrors for the Ford Thunderbird are identical to the original parts. They’re specially cut to fit the housing of a generation of Thunderbirds, so each mirror is engineered to provide the maximum rear view visibility for a particular vehicle.

How often should these parts be replaced?

Because these mirrors are positioned outside the vehicle, they’re subject to extensive wear and tear and should be replaced on a regular basis. If the mirror glass is cracked, discolored, or missing, it should be replaced immediately.

How do you care for these mirrors?

By cleaning the mirror housing and glass every week with soap and water, you can help to prevent discoloration and distortion. It’s especially important to clean them after a rainstorm or when they become muddy or dirty to help prevent damage to the glass from corrosive elements. After cleaning the mirrors, dry them with a clean towel to prevent staining and streaking.