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Re: Rear view mirror came off of the round base on the...
It depends... #1 if the mirror came off and there is a little metal bracket still on the windshield, then there is a little screw at the bottom of the mirror (T20) this needs to be losened, the mirror slid over the bracket (top to bottom) then the screw retightened. #2 if the little metel bracket is still in the mirror and has come off the windshield then it needs too be glued back onto the windshield.(try the local glass shop). #3 if one of the mirror knuckels has come apart you need a special tool to snap it back together. this only works 80% of the time and makes it weaker and easier to pop off again, if this is your problem and you do not have access to the 'special tool' I suggest buying an new mirror. (again check local glass shop or wreckers,$25-30ish)
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if the mirror clips/slides onto a small bracket that is incorporated into the windshield then it is a case of sliding it back on , check that the ridge either side of the mirror bracket are'nt cracked or chipped as then the mirror wont stay in place ,on some models the mirror base sticks directly to the windshield so will need to go to a repair shop to get the appropriate glue , hope that makes sense
1. Slide the metal disc off the base of the rear view mirror assemble. For newer models of cars the metal plate may have to be removed with a properly sized Allen wrench. These are L shaped wrenches that are designed to remove hex head screws and can be purchased at any hardware store. While there you should also pick up a razor blade scraper and some masking tape. 2. Head to your local Schuck's or other automotive store and purchase a rear view mirror adhesive kit for around $3. This super strong adhesive is a two part system that comes with a tube of glue and a vial of accelerant. 3. From the outside of the car, use masking tape to mark the area where the old glue adhesive still remains. 4. From the inside, scrape off whatever is left of the glue residual. 5. Since this glue only works in temperatures of 60 or above, you will have to make special provisions when the weather is cold. The car should be placed in a warmed garage or facing the sunlight. A blow dryer can also be used to heat up the windshield, although don't hold it too close to avoid cracking the glass. 6. Once the glue has been scraped off the windshield, wipe down the area with rubbing alcohol. The metal plate should also be wiped down with alcohol. 7. Apply the accelerant directly to the mounting area on the windshield. Allow to let dry 5 minutes. In the meantime, apply the accelerant to the flat part of the base plate as well and let dry. 8. Slather on the adhesive on the back of base plate and press it onto the glass. Hold in place for about 2 minutes until the glue begins to set up. Let the glue dry overnight before reattaching the rear view mirror.
Replacing the rear view mirror on a Ford Explorer is easy. The only obstacle you might encounter is fear of
breaking the glued metal plate off the windshield. Do not sweat it. You
can buy glues at the auto parts store to reattach the mirror to the
windshield (Difficulty: Moderately Easy).
Tap gently at the base of the mirror where it slides on over
the metal plate glued to the windshield and pull upward. Some rear view
mirrors have a small Allen screw that tightens the base of the rear view
mirror to the metal plate. Disconnect the electrical plugs if your rear
view mirror has them.
Pull the rear view mirror clear of the metal plate. Clean
around the metal plate glued to the windshield. If the metal plate has
come off because of harsh weather or from hammering too hard at it,
reattach it with glue designed for this job.
Clean the area where you will be attaching the metal plate on
the windshield. Apply the glue evenly on the surface of the metal plate
that will go against the window. Be sure to clean and scrape off all
the old glue before applying the new glue. Gently push the metal plate
against the windshield in the spot you wanted it and hold tight for five
Wait a day before putting the base of the mirror or
replacement rear view mirror onto the metal plate. Do not force the base
over the plate. Forcing it will likely dislodge it again. Press firmly
until it will not slide along the grooves of the metal plate. Reconnect
your electrical plugs and tighten the Allen screw if your new mirror has
one. Adjust the mirror according to your safe viewing preference
Hope help with this (remember rated this help). Good luck.
This is a relatively easy task, the bulk of the work has been for you. The rear view mirror assembly simply slides onto that metal block that was glued to your windshield. Your mirror mount (the part that slides onto the metal bracket) may be cut differently or shaped different from the rest of that part. you simply need to line that up with the metal mount on your windshield. slide the mirror on and tighten down the set screw if you have one. I've listed the steps below
1. find the base mount for your mirror (this is the bottom of the mirror that sits on the windshield)
2. look for a cut out or flat part of the mirror base.
3. line the flat part of the mirror base with the metal mount bracket on the windshield.
4. slide the mirror onto the metal bracket (this may require you to wiggle while you slide the mirror onto the metal bracket).
5. tighten the set screw on the mirror base ( this is important because your mirror will vibrate off the bracket if you don't.
Note some mirrors slide from the bottom of metal mount bracket and some slide from the top. it sort of depends on the manufacturer and/or the way the bracket was installed.
Mine fell off as well. There's a spring clip holding the mirror to the base plate...you need to get a $3 glue kit from Parts America or other parts shop, re glue the base plate, then mount the mirror / reattach the clip.