94 Buick Park Ave-outside side mirror replacement

Does someone know if the glass in the sideview mirror can be replaced without removing the whole assembly from the door ? Thanks,Dom

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Carefully break it out. It's only held in by silicone so once you get some of the pieces broken away, you can get a blade in there and cut it. Get it all out, clean everything up and glue new one in with silicone.
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Dom and Sue) wrote:

Dom,
Yes, in most cases the mirror glass can be replaced without pulling the mirror off the car.
First, you need to determine whether that mirror has a heated glass or not. Many of the higher-line GM cars like the Park Avenue have heated outside mirrors. You can determine that a number of ways: one is to look at the SPID label (on the inside of the trunk lid or on the spare tire cover) and look for a code that begins with "DC' through to "DR". Those are outside mirror codes. Post that code in the newsgroup and I'll look it up for you.
Next, depending on the type of mirror, either the glass comes out of the frame OR the glass and its backing pop out of the mirror motor drive unit. You can usually tell which kind by moving the mirror to one extreme and look at the back side of the glass. If the mirror glass backing is flat, then the mirror probably just glues onto the backing. If the backing looks like it has 3 or 4 "buldges" in it, then the mirror and backing plate pop into the drive unit (the heated mirrors use this type of mounting).
Next stop is the dealer to get a replacment glass and backing assembly. The dealer will need the SPID code for the mirror to determine which mirror glass you'll need.
Regards, Bill Bowen Sacramento, CA
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