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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1997-1999 Toyota 4Runner Side Mirror Replacement

Fits years: 1997, 1998

All Toyota 4Runner Mirrors for sale Tools required:
  • 10mm socket/ratchet

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver (small)

  • Door panel clip tool (or household putty knife)


Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

Step 2: Gently pry and remove the window control switch-panel. Disconnect the wiring harnesses on the back of the switch-panel.

Step 3: Gently pry and remove the interior door panel's arm rest.

Step 4: Remove the Phillips screw that is just inside the interior door handle. Also, remove the Phillips screws exposed by removing the arm rest.

Step 5: Disengage the retaining pin near the door latch. There is another near the door hinge - remove this one, as well.


To disengage the pin, depress the center with your screwdriver, and pull it from the door panel.

Step 6: Remove the interior door handle trim panel.

Step 7: Disengage the lock rod by pulling the clip to disengage it.

Step 8: Using the door panel clip tool (or putty knife), slide along the outside of the interior door panel, prying outward when you feel the retaining pins.

Step 9: You can now remove the interior door panel.

Step 10: Pry and remove the small triangular trim panel that covers the mirror's mounting area.

Step 11: Disconnect the mirror's harness.


To reach the harness plug, you may need to peel the water shield back a bit. Don't tear it!

Step 12: Remove the Phillips screw that holds the speaker in place.

Step 13: Remove the three 10mm retaining bolts that hold the mirror to the door.


NOTE: Be sure to hold onto the mirror while removing the retaining bolts. You don't want broken glass on your garage floor or driveway!

Step 14: You can now remove the side mirror.

Step 15: Feed the wiring harness through the opening in the door frame, and mount the side mirror by tightening the three 10mm retaining bolts.

Step 16: Connect the mirror's wiring harness and cover the area with the water shield.

Step 17: Reattach the speaker and interior door panel by reversing the panel's removal steps.


NOTE: Be sure to attach all wiring harnesses along the way!
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

97 1997, 98 1998 Toyota 4Runner Mirrors Replacement Instructions

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