When faced with a broken sun visor, many Nissan owners wonder if they can just replace the component that’s broken instead of the whole unit.
The answer is yes. You can get a sun visor repair kit or an aftermarket replacement component, but doing so is not always the best solution. Read on to find out why.
Sun Visor Repair Kits
A sun visor repair kit contains brackets, washers, and other hardware. You can use one to replace the malfunctioning hardware that’s causing your sun visor to fall down. In fact, it’s common for the hardware inside the sun visor in Nissan vehicles (especially the Pathfinder and the Murano) to deteriorate early. While this is a great solution, it’s not right for everybody. It involves taking apart your sun visor, locating the problem, and then replacing the component. The hardware is pretty small so it takes quite a bit of time (and perhaps specialized tools) to pull off this project successfully.
Nissan only sells the whole sun visor assembly. So if you really want to replace just parts that let the visor droop, you’ll have to go the aftermarket route. It’ll be difficult to find a quality direct replacement for these parts. And replacing just one component may prove to be a difficult task.
The parts that let the mirror droop are located within the visor. To get at them, you'll have to cut open a seam on the visor. After you replace the faulty parts, you'll have to sew or glue the seam shut.
The bottom line: you can buy an aftermarket repair kit, but it won’t be easy to find a quality direct replacement and installation may be quite tricky.
The Easier Solution: Replacing the Whole Unit
Replacing the entire unit is much easier than:
- Taking apart your faulty sun visor
- Diagnosing the issue
- Replacing the faulty part(s) or hardware.
To replace the whole sun visor, all you need is a screwdriver and about 5 minutes of your time.
It’s smart to get an OEM replacement sun visor for your Nissan vehicle because OEM parts are:
- Vehicle-specific, meaning they’re built to fit your vehicle perfectly
- Made with high quality materials while aftermarket parts are a hit or miss in terms of quality
- Easy to find. Just visit a reputable OEM parts seller like Nissan Parts Plus and then perform a search on your vehicle to find the right part number.
To save you the trouble, here are some quick links to our best selling OEM Nissan sun visors: