How To: Remove, Replace Mirror Caps
by: Mark (aka CHKMINI)
There is MUCH debate out there in regards to removing the mirror caps on an R55 and R56. There is an EASY way to remove them WITHOUT breaking any clips nor the mirror itself. Once you pop the first one off, you will be a PRO at removing them. It is so easy...a caveman can do it!!
Tools you will need...
Plastic tool to get behind the mirror cap. (I used a pampered chef scraper from the kitchen) You can find them on Ebay by searching "pampered chef scraper" (DO NOT USE METAL or you risk scratches. Its a thin HARD piece of Plastic
See pictures of the TOOL I used below
Place the Blanket on the ground below the mirror you are working on. (this is just in case the mirror cap pops off and falls to the ground.
Stand in front of the mirror with the Glass Mirror facing AWAY from you (you will use your body/leg to hold the cap from popping off.
Insert your PLASTIC tool between the cap and the mirror body like below. Slide it in towards the outside of the mirror like shown. Pry the cap back towards you. Once you can pry it back a little, hold it with your fingers and remove the tool.
Now slide the tool to the inside like shown below and push and pry back until you hear the clips release. The cap will most likely pop off, if not pry around the sides.
DON'T TUG...GENTLY try to release with your tool and by pulling EASY.
BINGO...your cap should be off the car.
NOW, to replace it or change it out...
Simply, put it back on. I find it easiest to seat the outside edge and work back towards the car. Click in the bottom, then Click the top in.
It's just THAT easy!!!