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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-09-2001, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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how do you remove rear view mirror?

so does anyone have any ideas on how to remove my rearview mirror w/o breaking the windshield. i got one of the ones with lights built into it and just put that one on. i mounted it a little higher than that last so now i have that dumb little metal 'button' still in the middle of my windshield. i tried to use a razor blade to scrape it, then i put an adjustable on it and tried to turn it. i gave it a few tugs, but it feels tight and if it doesn't give, the windshield will and i really don't want to have to replace it. So, any suggestions anyone?

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Re: how do you remove rear view mirror?

Well its safe to say that I have not had that problem of trying to get a button off. Out here in AZ the problem is getting the things to stay on. My best guess and I asure that this is just a guess but you may try some mineral spirts dropping a few drops above the button letting it run down the edges where the button meets the glass. and take a hair dryer and hold it on the windsheild just behind the button to heat it up, (simulate some Arizona temps) and it just may pop right off with a little tug on the pliers. You may have to do this a few times but heat is the answer.
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Re: how do you remove rear view mirror?

You might try putting some kind of solvent (maybe acetone) around it and see if you can soften the glue, then work it with the razor blade.
Interesting that yours won't come off, I never can get the darn things to stay on [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: how do you remove rear view mirror?

Use a propane torch on low heat to heat the button not the windshield. Make sure to wear gloves as it does get hot
it will come off in a few seconds. This advice originally came from a glass shop so don't be afraid of ruining the
windshield. DO NOT USE THIS METHOD IN COLD WEATHER OR IN
THE VICINITY OF CRACKS OR BULLSEYES good luck it worked for
me!!

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Re: how do you remove rear view mirror?

Let my wife drive your Jeep for her first time like she did with mine and attempt to adjust it.

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Re: how do you remove rear view mirror?

Go on a ride, pick up a bunch of friends. Get one to crawl from the back to the front seat and tell them that the mirror is a grab handle. It works everytime for me[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]. I've ran without mine for about 3 months, then replaced it higher on the windshield this last time.




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Re: how do you remove rear view mirror?

Mine usuall pop off durring a hard roll over, of course the entire windshield goes with it. Now I just order my new windshields without the mirror clip attached to it.

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Re: how do you remove rear view mirror?

Most of these are held on with cyanoacrylate glue (superglue). Acetone or Xylene will remove them. Don't get it on your dash or paint. It will destroy plastic and paint.
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Re: how do you remove rear view mirror?

The acetone is a good suggestion. Nail polish remover works the same, might be more convenient if your jeep chick is closer than the hardware store.

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Re: how do you remove rear view mirror?

Don't watch your three and five year old that closely when you are working in the garage. They love the jeep as much as anyone and climb in to play. I only takes about three minutes before you will hear "daddy this thing fell off again". Happens everytime. (3rd time anyway)

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