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Power Mirror Switch Replacement Cost

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The average cost for a power mirror switch replacement is between $115 and $126. Labor costs are estimated between $38 and $49 while parts are priced at $77. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.

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What is a Power Mirror Switch?

This power window switch is most often mounted on the driver's door panel or instrument panel, and replaces the old manual stick and knob from the vehicles of yesteryear. The power mirror switch will only control the mirrors in the vehicle that are powered by electricity, and will control the mirror in four directions, as well as turning on heated mirrors in some vehicles.

How does a Power Mirror Switch work?

User-controlled automotive switches operate on the same basic premise. When a switch is pressed a circuit is either closed or interrupted, which causes the electronic actuation of the connected system. Power mirror switches happen to have several different switches combined into the one assembly, each switch will operate one direction of movement for the mirror, and one switch for heating the mirrors. In many luxury vehicles, there will also be another set of switches to fold the mirrors for parking.

What are the symptoms of a bad Power Mirror Switch?

Typical failure of the power mirror switch manifests itself as the inability to move the mirror in any one or more directions, actuated the heated mirrors, or electrically fold or unfold the mirrors for parking. Also, some vehicles have a circuit for automatically lowering the power mirror on the curb-side for parking, and failure of this feature may be a result of the switch as well. Lastly, the mirrors may act erratically or move on their own.

Can I drive with a bad Power Mirror Switch?

The power mirrors are necessary to perform safe lane changes, and every time a new driver steps into a vehicle, the mirrors will likely require adjustment, as people tend to sit in different positions, and have different height. This means that if the power mirror switch fails and only one driver will operate that vehicle for the foreseeable future, there may not be a good reason to rush to the repair shop, that is unless the local inspection requires they function.

How often do Power Mirror Switches need replacement?

Like power door lock switches, the mounting location on the door panel means they are likely to be exposed to rainwater at some point during their useful service life. While power mirror switches are not subject to heavy use in many vehicles, they are subject to the elements, and this can lead to failure just as quickly as heavy use or abuse. However, the likelihood of replacing the power mirror switch for most vehicles is very low.

How are Power Mirror Switch issues diagnosed?

When the power mirror will not do one or more functions on demand, the switch will likely be tested first. The switch can be diagnosed as faulty simply by testing for continuity across the switch when the switch is cycled through all of its possible settings. If pressing the switch does not create a continuous circuit,the switch will be proven failed.

How are Power Mirror Switches replaced?

Power mirror switches are often mounted on the driver's door or dash panel, so a piece of trim may need to be removed, and may have fasteners securing it in place. If the switch can simply be pulled out of the instrument panel or armrest, the switch can be replaced by disconnecting the old switch, connecting the new switch, and sliding the switch into place. If trim must be removed to access mounting hardware or remove the switch, installation generally requires the trim be pressed on or secured with very few fasteners.

RepairPal Recommendations for Power Mirror Switch issues

Checking your fuses first is always recommended when it comes to electronics. All too often an electrical component is replaced only to find it still does not function. This is because without a good fuse, the system will not receive power.

What to look out for when dealing with Power Mirror Switch issues

When replacing the power mirror switch, inspect for water damage behind the door panel through the opening where the power mirror switch was installed. If water damage was the cause, replacing the switch without resealing the door liner will lead to recurring failure. Also the connector should be cleaned with electrical parts cleaner before installation continues.

Can I replace the Power Mirror Switch myself?

This is an easy DIY for the auto owner who prefers to save a few bucks while servicing their vehicle. The replacement and diagnostic procedures are fast and easy, and the cost of parts is typically very economical. With just a little time, a multimeter, and a little patience, this job can be done without issue.

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