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Re: How replace mirror on windscreen?
This happens a lot. There are several brands of adhesives sold at autoparts stores just for rearview mirrors. You should see an outline of the glue on the inside. Take some tape on the outside and mark where the glue is. Then use a razorblade and the solvent in the repair kit and clean the inside. The mirror comes out of the holder with an allen wrench. Follow the instructions in the kit and press the mount to the windshield. Hold it there at least 3 minutes. Wait for it to dry per instructions. Then add the mirror and lightly tighten the mirror to the base. I like the kits which have 2 parts of glue. On my car I let the excess glue stay on the window.
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It usually just slides onto the holder which is usually beveled and a bit triangular shaped so it goes on and tightens itself because of the shape, some have a small set screw to lock it into place after you push it on.
It should be the same as the ones from the late 90's. You have 3 pieces there. The metal piece comes out the bottom of the mirror and should have a piece of plastic attached to it. It is a friction fit with the actual mirror so it shouldn't require a lot of hammering or even hard hammering.
Once the mirror is off there should be a small slot in the remaining plastic and metal. Use a small screwdriver or something similar to push in on a clip that is inside and the plastic and metal should separate. Hope this helps.
There are a few products sold at Autoparts stores. If you can find 3M brand or a brand with an activator, they seem to work best.
You need to do several things to prepare for the job. First, get some tape and outline the old mounting position from the outside of the windshield. Then clean the inside surface of the glass.
You want to separate the mounting clip from the mirror stem. Usually there is an Allen screw in the clip. Sometimes the clips have a spring underneath that needs to be pushed down to allow the mirror stem to slide off. Note the position of the clip, if the narrow end is up or down and then glue the clip to the glass in the same direction.
After the clip has had time to adhere, slide the mirror stem into the clip, tighten the Allen screw and you are done. You will have to HOLD the clip against the glass for at least 2 minutes when you are glueing it.
Or you can go to a Glass Installer and they can do it.
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.
Hi-, I had the same problem - the inside rear view mirror fell off during a hot summer day. I bought the mirror glue (adhesive) and wondered how to I separate the metal button from the mirror. Enventally, I tried the following and successully separated the metal button from the mirror: There is a little squre slot on the plastic sheath of the metal button. Please find a small flat-ned screw driver whose tip can fit into the sqare hole. put the screw driver into the hole and put it all the way inside down - which will open a little bended metal piece that stops the buttom; at the mean time, slide the metal button towards outside. As the bended metal piece opened uder the pressure of the screw driver, the metal button is freely moveable and can be slide out. I did this successfully for my Toyota Avalon 1998 car.