How To Attach a Rearview Mirror

The heat of summer can wreak havoc on your car, even your mirrors.  This is especially true of the rearview mirror, which may simply fall off if the adhesive affixing it gives out.  If this happens to you, don't simply go without one.  It is not only dangerous, but can also be a fine-worthy offense if you are pulled over.  Replacing a rearview mirror is an inexpensive, and quick, fix. The entire process takes less than an hour to complete, and will cost you around $5.00 to $10.00 to complete.  Here is how to put your rearview mirror back where it belongs.

  1. Your first step is to go to a nearby auto parts store and buy rearview mirror adhesive, which can be found in a kit. 
  2. Next, park your car in a shaded area if it's warm outside.  The ideal temperature for this procedure is anywhere from 50 to 65 degrees.  If the glass is too hot, then the glue will not work as it should, and your mirror will simply fall off again. 
  3. Wipe off any moisture on the inside of the windshield to insure the adhesive will stick properly.
  4. The next step is to remove the mirror mounting button from the rearview mirror.  You'll need either a wrench or a screwdriver to do this. 
  5. Now you'll want to scrape off any glue left behind on the windshield with a razor blade. If this doesn't get all the glue off, then try rubbing alcohol, or nail polish remover. 
  6. Next, step outside the car and use washable marker, or a crayon, to mark where the button will go.  If you do this you will achieve proper placement of the button.
  7. Now it's time to open your installation kit.  Take out the glue and open it with a knife or a pair of scissors.  Squeeze some of the adhesive onto the mounting button.  It's best to place a good amount of glue onto the button.  Place the button onto the glass, aiming for where you placed your mark on the outside of the windshield.  Hold it firmly in place for one to two minutes.  Leave the button for about 45 minutes to give it ample time to dry before you reattach the mirror.


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