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Need to glue rear view mirror back on....cannot remove metal tab, cannot remove harness to mirror either. Vehicle is an 01 s-10.

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  • Arman99 Aug 22, 2008

    Thanx for the response Ronnie. I already have the adhesive but I cannot remove the metal tab that I am supposed to glue. Any info on how to remove this metal tab and the wire harness for the map lights would be greatly appreciated.

  • Arman99 Aug 22, 2008

    Thanx again for the info...however there seems to be no screw or bolt or anythin. It seems that there is a clip that needs to be depressed but I cannot for the life of me depress it.

  • Arman99 Aug 22, 2008

    That does seem to be the only solution. Thanx again for all yer help Ronnie...I really do appreciate it

  • Anonymous Aug 31, 2008

    i cant get the metel piece out eather there no crews or alen wrench at all looks like its presed in or glued because i cant pop it out .

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If you have the metal tab on the windshield and there is no screw just a clip on it. it should just slide on to the metal clip you shouldnt half to depress the clip to do it. but it might be hard so beccarefull you dont crack the windshield at that spot

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  • 1023dawkins Sep 29, 2008

    or just go out and get a metal tab put it on the mirrow then glue that to your exsiting one less complated but dont know how long it might last i never tried it but some of my friends tried it

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They sell a rearview mirror adhesive you apply to the windshield in the spot you want to put it in any parts store carries it...its called rearview mirror adhesive

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  • Ronnie Houston Aug 22, 2008

    you may need a small allen wrench to get the screw out that hold sit in place. as far as the map lights i cant help with that but if it were me id get the metal tab out re glue it and slide the mirror back on after about 10 minutes

  • Ronnie Houston Aug 22, 2008

    if you cant get the tab out then try putting the adhesive on and hilding the entire mirror in place to let it set and see if that wont do the trick...ive had to do it on a minivan i owned and it held really well

  • Ronnie Houston Aug 22, 2008

    you are more than welcome please feel free to contact me again anytime ronnie

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