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DIY: Replacing standard power mirrors with heated power mirrors (Durango Edition)

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Old 06-14-2011, 07:15 PM
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Default DIY: Replacing standard power mirrors with heated power mirrors (Durango Edition)

Ok guys and gals,

Here I go again with another mod that i recently did on my 1998 Durango.. I installed a set of heated power mirrors in place of the standard power mirrors. it is very easy and should only take about an hour or less to do (depending on your skill level) so lets get on with the mods...
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What you will need:

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all the 1st gen Durango's (except early 98's) are pre-wired though the rear defroster, There pins are included in the power mirror plug (99-00 6-pin plug pin #6, 01-03 8 pin plug pin #4)

First thing you will wanna do is remove the door panel. This is done by taking the phillip screw driver and removing 2 screws on the bottom, one at the handle, another behind the door latch (you will have to pull it like ur opening up the door to see it) and a final one up by the mirror itself...

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After the door panel is removed you will then see three nuts and a wire coming through the center of them.... unhook the wires from the connector and remove the three nuts... after you have done that the mirror should pull right out....

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Next, feed the wires of the new mirror into the hole that the old wire came out. replace the 3 nuts and snug them on. Make the connection from the new mirror to the male end that the old mirror came out of.

After that, re install your door panel and enjoy your new heated mirrors!
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Nice DIY write up!......


Thanks for your time and effort.
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Nice job again. Mine came with the heated mirrors, but if anyone is wondering if its worth putting these on it definitely is. There were so many times on my Neon where I really wished I had them. I didn't know these were all pre-wired for them though.
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I didn't know these were all pre-wired for them though.

Yep, as long as you have rear defrosters... i always assumed that all had them but, im learning that you could opt-out... i guess if you live in a warmer climate you would not need em

BTW: thanks for the comments... again...
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Sweet write up!!
I replaced my driver mirror as the glass popped out and didn't even realize the wiring was there! Know I get to open it back up and plug in the heat!!
Maybe put this awesome DIY in the DIY Section??
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it is linked in the FAQ thread already
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Aren't the 2001-2003 Heated mirrors different?
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Most of the Durangos I see either have the small non-heated mirrors or they have the large heated ones like mine. I like the largeness of the mirrors too, you can really see with them.
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the reason that all the trucks you see have those configurations are bc those are the only mirrors offered from the factory . . .
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Aren't the 2001-2003 Heated mirrors different?
Just the plugs on the end. 99-00 used a 6 pin and 01-03 used a 8 pin.
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tholdschool, the mirrors on the truck in your big sig pic do NOT look like the 01+ tow mirros, they are the 98-00 versions

if you want to take a close up of them from the non -glass side ill confirm
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This just came in handy for me. I'm going to a junkyard today to get a mirror to replace my now broken passenger side one.
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Yay resurrecting old threads!

OldSchool, do you have the pinouts from the 01 and up mirrors and the 99 wiring harness on hand? I just bought a pair of the heated tow mirrors from an 01 Dakota online and will be installing them on my 99. I like the look of the 01+ tow mirrors more than the 98-00 ones.
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In order for them to work you would have to cut and spline on end of the connector as the 99-00's used a 6-pin plug and the 01+ used a 8 pin plug.


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thanks. yeah I figured I'd be changing the connector over.
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I got connectors off of a 00 Durango at the junkyard today so that I won't have to cut the ones off of my mirrors. Now I just have to wait for the new mirrors to get here.
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I have a '98 Durango...unsure if it's early or late. Is there a way to tell if I have the pre-wiring for heated mirrors with the exception of the rear defrost? I do have rear defrost.

I just don't want to source and order heated mirrors if it's not wired as such and want to check.

Also, will '98 Dodge Ram heated mirrors work the same? I have a '98 Ram with heated mirrors, and I never drive it in the snow and ice...that's what my Durango is for. I can simply swap them if they are the same.
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unless oldschool has an easier way you'd probably have to take the door panel off and see if the wires are in the mirror connector.
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I have a '98 Durango...unsure if it's early or late. Is there a way to tell if I have the pre-wiring for heated mirrors with the exception of the rear defrost? I do have rear defrost.

I just don't want to source and order heated mirrors if it's not wired as such and want to check.

Also, will '98 Dodge Ram heated mirrors work the same? I have a '98 Ram with heated mirrors, and I never drive it in the snow and ice...that's what my Durango is for. I can simply swap them if they are the same.

Heated mirrors did not come on the Durango till 99 so your 98 will not be wired for them... However, it does use the same plug as the heated ones in 99 so it would be as easy as adding a pin and running a wire to you power source.



As for the ram mirror you would have to pull them off to see.. some say they do and others say they don't, i personally have never tired.
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I just finished installing my 01 heated mirrors. The wires all switch over to the 99 connector just fine. The only thing that was slightly annoying was that the wiring diagrams appear to show the picture of looking into the male connector on the mirror, but the pins are numbered and laid out for looking into the female connector on the harness or the back of the male connector on the mirror. The other thing that I wanted to point out is that you'll want to grab some mirror connectors off of mirrors at a junkyard because you'll only have 3 pins in your connector if you don't already have heat when you need 5 per connector. Again that's only if your switching the connectors to use 01+ mirrors on a 98-00.
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