Ford Explorer: Rear View Mirrors / Removal and Installation - Exterior Mirror

Ford Explorer 2020-2021 Service Manual / Body and Paint / Body and Paint / Rear View Mirrors / Removal and Installation - Exterior Mirror

Special Tool(s) / General Equipment

Flat Headed Screw Driver

Removal

NOTE: Removal steps in this procedure may contain installation details.

Exterior mirror assembly

  1. Remove the front door interior trim panel.
    Refer to: Front Door Trim Panel (501-05 Interior Trim and Ornamentation, Removal and Installation).
  1. Remove the trim pins and the front door upper trim panel.
    1. Disconnect the exterior mirror electrical connector.
    1. If equipped.
      Disconnect the camera electrical connector.
  1. Remove the bolts and the exterior mirror assembly.

Exterior mirror glass

  WARNING: Place a shop towel between the hands and the exterior mirror glass for protection in case of glass breakage during mirror service. Failure to follow this instruction may result in serious personal injury.

NOTICE: Position the screwdriver using the service slot in the mirror glass backing plate to remove the mirror glass. Prying on the backing plate in other locations may damage the mirror glass.


  1. Remove the exterior mirror glass.
    1. Position the exterior mirror glass fully in and up.
    1. Using a flat blade screwdriver to release the tabs starting at the lower outboard side of mirror and continuing around the mirror until all the tabs are released.
      Use the General Equipment: Flat Headed Screw Driver
    1. NOTE: The number and location of the electrical connectors will vary based on mirror option content.

      Disconnect the exterior mirror glass electrical connectors.
  1. Inspect the mirror glass stabilization springs, replace the mirror glass if damaged.

Exterior mirror motor

  1. Remove the exterior mirror glass.

  1. Remove the exterior mirror motor.
    1. Remove the screws and position the exterior mirror motor aside.
    1. Disconnect the exterior mirror motor electrical connectors.

Exterior mirror bezel

  1. Remove the exterior mirror glass.
  1. Remove the screws, release the tab and remove the exterior mirror bezel.

Exterior mirror cover

  1. Remove the exterior mirror motor.
  1. Release the tabs and remove the exterior mirror cover.

Mirror mounted turn signal

  1. Remove the exterior mirror cover.
  1. Disconnect the exterior mirror mounted turn signal electrical connector and release the tab.
  1. Release the tabs and remove the exterior mirror mounted turn signal.

Puddle lamp

  1. Using a screwdriver, release the tab and position the puddle lamp down.
    Use the General Equipment: Flat Headed Screw Driver
  1. Disconnect the electrical connectors and remove the puddle lamp.
    Use the General Equipment: Flat Headed Screw Driver

Puddle lamp with logo

  1. Using a screwdriver, release the tab and position the puddle lamp down.
    Use the General Equipment: Flat Headed Screw Driver
  1. Disconnect the electrical connectors and remove the puddle lamp.
    Use the General Equipment: Flat Headed Screw Driver

Exterior mirror side parking aid camera

  1. Remove the exterior mirror bezel.

  1. Remove the exterior mirror side parking aid camera.
    1. Remove the screws.
    1. Disconnect the camera electrical connector.

Installation

Exterior mirror assembly

  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
  1. Tighten the exterior mirror assembly bolts in the sequence shown.
    Torque: 80 lb.in (9 Nm)

Vehicles equipped with 360° cameras only.

  1. NOTE: Carry out the following step if installing a new front camera.

    Initialize the camera.
    Refer to: Parking Aid Camera Initialization (413-13B Parking Aid - Vehicles With: Parking Aid Camera, General Procedures).
  1. NOTE: Carry out the following steps only if a mirror assembly was removed.

    Align the 360° cameras.
    Refer to: 360 Degree View Camera Alignment (413-13B Parking Aid - Vehicles With: Parking Aid Camera, General Procedures).

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