GMC Terrain, Equinox, and SRX Forum banner
1 - 17 of 17 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
265 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Stupid me! If I can put something together backwards, I usually end up doing so even though I think I am following the directions.....

For me, the Terrain side view mirrors have bigger blind spots then I am use to. I am very paranoid about changing lanes in traffic (which is probably a good thing, but gives me whip lash). I decided that the small button convexed mirrors would help, so I grabbed a pair when I saw them in Lowes. They were less than $3, so what the heck.

I was sure I was following the directions. I carefully cleaned the mirrors and mounted the round mirrors on the inner lower courner of each side view mirror. When I went for a drive, the blind spot mirrors seemed to function (I could see anything along the entire length of the Terrain), but they seemed to be blocking the normal view through the side view mirror. Then I started searching for other vehicles with the blind spot mirrors mounted and saw that I should have mounted them on the outside lower courner, not the inside!

Anyway I would like to remove them and try again (or do without), but they are really stuck. I don't want to try a razor blade on the mirror for fear of scratching them. Should I leave the Terrain in the sun to let everything heat up and try to pull them off (I am in SW Florida, so the sun can be hot)? Should I try a solvent?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
365 Posts
Heat it up with a blow dryer and they will peal right off. You can put them where you want them as soon as you remove them from the old spot. The mirror most likely uses double sided tape. :)

I also used a blow dryer to remove the ugly airbag stickers on the visors if you feel like killing two birds with one stone ;D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
441 Posts
inner lower?

ive always placed mine outside lower....or have gotten convex replacement mirrors; multivex (they dont have 2011 mirrors yet)....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
486 Posts
If you look at the Chevy Traverse it has those little spot mirrors built in to both side mirrors. Very handy and it's a shame they didn't do the same with the Equinox/Terrain mirrors.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,082 Posts
Just adjust them correctly. I got a lot of flack for suggesting it a year ago because the Terrain/Nox dont have the best rear view but this works. I even use it on the G8. It takes a little bit to get used to but it really works.

Think about this: are you ever going to hit yourself with your own car? No, so why do need to see the side of the car in the mirror?

http://www.linquist.net/motorsports/tech/mirrors/
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
141 Posts
i got a nice little blind spot mirror at autozone for about 3 bucks...it actually has an angled mounting surface to it so it's not one of those circular ones with everything kind of distorted...

and i'm dental floss guy lol. heating it up should make it pretty easy to pull off without needing the floss...the floss didn't work so hot for me...i just used goo gone on whatever didn't come off from lightly prying after heating up :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
850 Posts
It is really nice that the 2012 on ours, has the magnifier in upper corner. It is a welcome factory addition as rely on them all the time. They should have on all CUV/SUV's. A huge safety factor!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
142 Posts
bballr4567 said:
Just adjust them correctly. I got a lot of flack for suggesting it a year ago because the Terrain/Nox dont have the best rear view but this works. I even use it on the G8. It takes a little bit to get used to but it really works.

Think about this: are you ever going to hit yourself with your own car? No, so why do need to see the side of the car in the mirror?

http://www.linquist.net/motorsports/tech/mirrors/
I do that too, have been for at least 10 years. But the adjustment I used was different but gave the same results. It seems that no one is ever taught the right way to set their side mirrors. For the driver side I put my head close to the window and adjust the mirror to see the side of the car, as I go to my regular seated position, I can see most of the blind spot area and adjust it from there based on what I can see out the back rearview mirror. Similar settings on the passenger mirror. I do still use a blind spot mirror for the smaller blind spot right next to the car, and still take a quick look before making any turns or lane changes. Haven't run into anyone on the side ever. Well besides the lady that cut in front of me at the last second, but that was a head on collision.
 

·
Registered
2022 Equinox RS AWD, 1.5T, Iron Gray Metallic, Build Date 12/10/21 Purchased 12/17/21
Joined
·
258 Posts
My 2013 Nox had them but the 22 does not. But it does have blind spot warning lights/beeps - I am slowly learning they work well but it takes just once for them to have a glitch ......
 

·
Registered
2013 GMC Terrain SLE-2 3.6L Crystal Red Tintcoat
Joined
·
99 Posts
That may be the reasoning from GM. If your vehicle has the blind spot warning system option, maybe they figure you don't need the additional spot mirror.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
272 Posts
I thought the normal position for the blind spot mirror was the outer upper corner. That is what I have seen on various rental cars I have had plus my previous Rav4. I'll be honest, I like the little mirror more than the blind spot warning light I have now in the Nox. I don't fully trust the light as it has occasionally lit up even when there was nobody beside me. If it can get that wrong I am always leery of it doing the opposite and not coming on when someone is beside me so I end up shoulder checking anyway. With my Rav and the mirrors it had I had 100% vision alongside and no reason for shoulder checks. That SUV sucked at a lot of things but I will give it credit where it is due. Those side mirrors were huge and well placed.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,435 Posts
Those blind spot monitors are not foolproof. Guard rails, snowbanks, foliage and even rainy-day tire spray will trigger them.
10 yrs experience with them.
They are a ''drivers aid'' not a replacement for actually looking for sure.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,035 Posts
I know this is an old thread but it ticks me off that my 2013 Terrain SLT had them and My 2015 LTZ does not.
These were hit or miss between model years.
My 2014 LTZ has them from the factory, they work great.
The glass portion of the mirrors with the small insert is replaceable.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
56 Posts
I ran into the same issues with my 2017 Equinox. Here's a simple fix. Buy some side view mirrors from ebay and swap out the mirror glass. The mirrors are all the same housings. You don't have to worry about those housings though. Just the glass. Also look for heated mirrors if yours has those. Swapping out the glass is not difficult and took me about 30 minutes to do both sides.

Sent from my SM-G996U1 using Tapatalk
 
1 - 17 of 17 Posts
Top