How to Install Schefenacker Mirrors on a 2006 Dodge 5.7 HEMI 1500
- 1). Open the driver's side door on the Ram and sit in the driver's seat. Roll the windows in the truck completely down. Remove the window and mirror switch panel from the door, by prying the front of the panel up with a flathead screwdriver. Pull the switch panel from the door handle area, and remove the electrical connector from the rear of the switch panel by hand.
- 2). Remove the set screw that attaches the interior door handle to the door handle actuator, using star bit or TORX bit hand driver. Turn the screw counterclockwise until it is removed from the handle. Remove the door handle from the handle actuator by hand. Remove the two screws that hold the door trim panel at the bottom, or the shelf like pockets. Use a TORX driver to remove the screws then remove the shelf panel by hand, if the truck is equipped as such.
- 3). Remove the two set screws that mount the door panel to the bottom of the door frame, with a star bit driver. Lift the door panel straight upward by hand to disconnect the plastic trim clips from inside the door panel. Remove the inner door panel completely from the door and set the panel outside of your work area. Removal of the door trim panel will expose the mirror mounting hardware.
- 4). Remove the three retainer nuts from the inside of the mirror mounting area, using a 1/4-inch drive ratchet and socket. Turn the nuts counterclockwise until they are completely removed from the interior panel. Upon beginning to remove the final mirror mounting nut, set your hand through the window and hold the mirror assembly in place. Pull the mirror assembly completely off of the truck after you have removed the final nut.
- 5). Install the driver's side Schefenacker mirror up to the outside of the door frame. Insert the electrical connector through the hole provided in the door frame. Mount the new mirror onto the door frame and hold it in place. Reach around to the inside of the door panel with your free hand, and install all three mounting nuts onto the mirror studs by hand.
- 6). Step around to the inside of the door frame. Tighten the mirror mounting nuts until they are snug, using a 1/4-inch drive ratchet and socket set, with a 4-inch extension. The extension will make sure you keep your hands clear of the sharp sheet metal that makes up the door frame. Once the nuts are all snugged, turn the ratchet 1/4-turn farther. The "snug-and-a-quarter" turning method will tighten the nuts as far as they need to be tightened, without damaging the mirror hardware or mounting surface on the truck.
- 7). Connect the mirror electrical connector on to the connector plug on the inside of the door panel. Push the two plug ends together by hand. Install the door panel onto the door frame and push the panel downward to temporarily hold it in place. Install the window switch panel connector to he connector in the door frame by pushing the two together by hand. Install the door handle actuator rod back onto the door handle by hand.
- 8). Push the door panel completely down until the plastic clips snap into place on the door frame. Install the two door panel mounting screws at the bottom of the door panel. Tighten the screws using a star bit driver and the "snug-and-a-quarter" turning method. Install the shelf of pocket assembly onto the bottom of the door panel if equipped, and tighten the screws with a TORX driver using the same turning method as mentioned above.
- 9). Install the door handle back into the door panel, and tighten the handle screw with a TORX driver. Use the "snug-and-a-quarter" method to tighten this screw as well. None of the door trim panel screws require any amount of torque, and torquing the screws will crack the door panel or mounting tabs.
Repeat Steps 1 through 9 on the passenger side of the truck. The removal and installation process on the passenger side is identical, with the exception that everything is reversed in relation to which hands you are going to use to perform certain tasks.