Toyota Camry and Avalon 1997-2000

Outside Mirrors

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

The mirrors on these models can be removed from the door without disassembling the door liner or other components. Both left and right outside mirrors may be either manual, manual remote (small lever on the inside to adjust the mirror) or electric remote. If the mirror glass is damaged, replacements may be available through your dealer or a reputable glass shop in your area. If the plastic housing is damaged or cracked, the entire unit will need to be replaced.

Manual


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Fig. There are three types of side view mirrors found on the Avalon and Camry

  1. Remove the set screw and the adjustment knob, if equipped.
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  3. Remove the delta cover; that's the triangular black inner cover. It can be removed with a blunt plastic or wooden tool. Don't use a metal prytool; the plastic will be marred.
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Fig. Use a tapped ended tool to pry the trim from the mirror



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Fig. Remove the three retaining screws from the inside of the vehicle to extract the mirror



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Fig. Cover the mirror with a shop towel before removing it. This will prevent damage to the glass surface-Avalon

  1. Depending on the style of mirror, there may be concealment plugs or other minor parts under the delta cover-remove them.
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  3. Support the mirror housing from the outside and remove the three bolts or nuts holding the mirror to the door.
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  5. Remove the mirror assembly.
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To install:

  1. Fit the mirror to the door and install the nuts and bolts to hold it. Pay particular attention to the placement and alignment of any gaskets or weatherstriping around the mirror; serious wind noises may result from careless work.
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  3. Install any concealment plugs, dust boots or seals which were removed.
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  5. Install the delta cover and install the adjustment knob, if it was removed.
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  7. Cycle the mirror several times to make sure that it works properly.
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Power


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Fig. View of side view mirror and its mounting screws

  1. Turn the ignition key to the OFF position. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Wait at least 90 seconds from the time the negative battery was disconnected to start work.
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CAUTION
Some models covered by this guide may be equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in CHASSIS ELECTRICAL .

  1. Remove the delta cover; that's the triangular black inner cover. It can be removed with a blunt plastic or wooden tool. Don't use a metal prytool; the plastic will be marred.
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Fig. Remove the delta cover from the inside of the door



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Fig. Separate the insulation form the trim panel and inspect it for tears and or cracks



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Fig. Location of the three retaining screws



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Fig. Remove the mounting fasteners from the inside of the door jam



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Fig. Once all fasteners have been removed, pull the mirror from the vehicle

  1. Depending on the style of mirror, there may be concealment plugs or other minor parts under the delta cover-remove them.
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  3. Depending on the type of door trim, you may need to remove the door inner panel to access the electrical wiring harness for the mirror.
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  5. Support the mirror housing from the outside and remove the three bolts or nuts holding the mirror to the door.
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  7. If the wiring to the electric mirror was not disconnected previously, detach it now. Some connectors can only be reached after the mirror is free of the door. Remove the mirror assembly.
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To install:

  1. Fit the mirror to the door and install the nuts and bolts to hold it. Connect the wiring harnesses if they are on the outside of the door. Pay particular attention to the placement and alignment of any gaskets or weatherstriping around the mirror; serious wind noises may result from careless work.
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  3. If the wiring connectors are on the inside of the door, plug them back together and install any concealment plugs, dust boots or seals which were removed. Attach the door inner panel if removed.
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  5. Install the delta cover and install the control lever, if it was removed.
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  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  9. Cycle the mirror several times to make sure that it works properly.
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