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The mirror may slide down rather than snap.

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How do i repair a rear view mirror that has fallen off?


Clean window and back of mirror real good with alcohol Let dry Go to auto parts store and buy rear view mirror glue Apply small amount to back of mirror and press onto windshield Hold for a couple of minutes and then let dry for a couple of hours before you adjust it

May 06, 2014 | Pontiac Sunfire Cars & Trucks

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Rear view mirror


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.

Jun 11, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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I have a 1994 gmc Jimmy and my rear view mirror just fell off when I hit a bump


Go to any auto supply store and request rear view mirror cement and reapply the mirror with it.

Jan 10, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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Seperate rearview mirror from plate both came off


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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).

Instructions:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 minutes.
  4. 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.

Mar 12, 2010 | 1999 Ford Explorer

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Passenger side mirroe is broken from the neck...


is it just the glass that broke?

Exterior Mirror Glass Removal
  1. Position the inner edge or the exterior rear view mirror glass to its maximum travel.
  1. s1h~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif WARNING: Place a shop towel between the exterior rear view mirror glass and the hand to avoid personal injury in the instance of glass breakage.
    Grasp the outboard edge of the exterior rear view mirror glass and pull outward.
  1. Remove the exterior rear view mirror glass.
    • If equipped, disconnect the heated rear view mirror glass electrical connectors.
Installation
  1. If equipped, connect the heated rear view mirror glass electrical connectors.
  1. NOTE: An audible click will be heard during installation.
    Press firmly in the center of the exterior rear view mirror glass until it snaps onto the exterior rear view mirror motor.

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I can't get the button off the rearview mirror foot to re-glue


should have a torx set screw on it, loosen it and use a flat screwdriver to pry button out of slot

Jun 23, 2009 | 1999 Oldsmobile Aurora

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Toyota Avalon Rear View Mirror


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.

Hope it helps.
Wei

Jun 21, 2009 | 2000 Toyota Avalon

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Rearview mirror fell off windshield! Not broken...


the mirror should simply slide over the metal mount (button) that is glued to the window.

loosen the set screw on the mirror mount...

hold the rear view mirror mount on the glass just above the metal mount (wide end of plastic opening facing down)

slide it into place...
secure it by tightening down set screw you loosened earlier.

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Replacing power rear view mirror unit Ford Focus 2008


Most mirrors slide up the metal button glued to the glass.

Apr 24, 2009 | 2001 Ford Focus

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Rear view mirror came off of the round base on the windshield


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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