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Installation Guide for Kia Car and Truck mirror
Read this page and learn how to install your Kia car mirror glass only product
Its always such a hassle when you break your Kia side view mirror. I myself have hit many a mailbox in my day that cracked the car mirror or the mirror assembly. Lots of people think they have to go to the dealership to get the whole assembly. In some cases you have to, but most of the time its just the glass itself that is broken. Why spend $550.00 dollars and up to have it replace the assembly by the dealer or a when you can fix it yourself easily and affordably.
Did you ever notice the Kia passenger side mirror always has the "objects are closer" text on the mirror. This mirror is designed this way to increase your field of vision and to eliminate the blind spot problem. Its always a good thing to replace that with a convex mirror glass verses a normal mirror. Don't substitute this as one day it might save your life.
A Kia glass only side view mirror is made of 2.2mm 1st surface mirror properties. This Kia mirror is actually translucent. Meaning that light will travel through and absorb the light from the car behind you at night. USA Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Code 571.111 require this mirror to absorb 40 to 60 percent of light and convex mirror with a specific bend. However during the day during, the mirror is 100% reflective. We only sell mirrors that conform with DOT standards. Our mirrors are made in the USA, and all comply to US Standards. Beware of the 9 dollar mirror that you are seeing on sale these days on the internet, as these mirrors might not conform to USA standards. Kia Car or Truck mirrors should be installed using the car mirror to a plastic frame plate. Without this plastic frame the glass has nothing to rest into the car mirror housing. We do not suggest the use of normal bathroom silicone adhesive, which everyone has laying around at somewhere in their house or apartment. Latex type silicone does not adhere well to glass, but does to the plastic frame. We suggested using a construction silicone which is non latex based. If you don't have any then get a small tube at your local hardware store, or order the tube online with us.
How to remove and replace your Kia car mirror from the frame
Now how do you remove that old mirror to get the new one in. Well, you first must breakdown the mirror from the plate called a frame. One simple way to do this is to get a flat strong instrument like a wide screw driver or a automotive scraper. Not many of you have the scraper, but when you go to our order form page we could sell you one. Its a nice thing to have around your toolbox. Now to loosen the adhesive from the plate you must apply some heat. Ideally a propane torch is good, but if you have the wife's hairdryer or a heat gun that will also work. Heat up the mirror enough so that the adhesive behind the mirror will loosen get the screwdriver, putty knife, or the scraper under the mirror and pull all the broken pieces off the frame. Make sure you are wearing gloves and protective eyewear, oh, and its also a smart idea to put a small garbage bucket under the housing you are working on, so that the glass falls into the bucket and not on the ground. After the side view mirror glass is removed, make sure all the mirror and adhesive is clean off the framed plate.
Once you have removed your Kia side view mirror from the frame, you now need to apply the glue to the black frame. First thing to do is clean the glass with water. Do not use glass cleaner or any chemical related cleaner. Apply the glue outward so it extends past the lip of the frame. I call this the snow cone effect. Glue it in 5 spots. One in the middle and 4 in the middle corners. Don't get too close to the frames edge, as it will ooze out of the frame, making a mess. If you order the silicone from us or have purchased a tube, cut a 3/8 inch diameter from the tip. Use Large dabs of the adhesive 3/8" inch wide by 1/2" outwards. Remember you are not installing a windshield that requires a strong adhesive. Once you have adhered the mirror to the plate, get some easily removable tape, like masking tape, and tape the mirror around the mirror housing so that the mirror will not slide off the frame. This will also allow you to drive. Keep the tape on for 24 hours for cold climates and 5 hours in warm until the glue dries.
How To Try and Save your Heating element
Many of you have heating elements behind the mirror. Some heated mirrors will have a heating element mark on the mirror. However to make sure you have a heating element, move the frame as much as you can to the side, and look behind the frame. You will notice wires going into the frame. This is a good indication you have a heated mirror. Best way to remove the heating element from the car mirror is not to make the mirror too hot. This will melt your heating element. This is the time to use the hair dryer warming up the mirror side, and taking a square utility razor, start at the corner, and slowly peal the element off the mirror. You may be able to save this heating element. Although difficult, TAKE YOUR TIME removing the broken mirror from the heating element which is attached to the mirror using a sticky adhesive. If that stick adhesive is no longer sticky, then use the silicone around the edge of the heating element onto the mirror, let it dry 24 hours then go to the next step. Another step that a customer tried and was successful in removing the heating element was to submerge the mirror in nail polish remover. The acetone in the nail polish dissolved the glue attached to the glass, and he was successful in removing the heating element without damage. We have yet to try this, so I would make it a last resort.
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This page was specifically built for the following cars.
Kia Magentis car side view mirror glass, Kia Optima car side view mirror glass, Kia Rio car side view mirror glass, Kia Sephia car side view mirror glass, Kia Spectra car side view mirror glass, Kia Sedona car side view mirror glass, Kia Sorento series car side view mirror glass, Kia Sportage car side view mirror glass, Kia Santa Fe series Suv side view mirror glass, Kia Azera car side view mirror glass.
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