How to Fix Loose Sun Visors in Cars

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We often take our vehicles for granted and fail to give them the care and attention they deserve. We tend to overlook the most basic features of our vehicle until it gives us a problem. Case in point is the sun visor.

Sun visors perform a very needed service--they shield our eyes from the bright glare of the sun. This allows us to operate our vehicles in a safe manner. A faulty sun visor can cause the driver to be blinded by the harsh light of the sun and make it difficult to see the road and oncoming traffic. Sometimes, the sun visor can become loose from everyday wear and tear, but it is a simple fix for the vehicle owner.

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Things you need

  • Philips head screwdriver
  • Clean rag
  • Petroleum jelly

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  1. 1

    Remove the sun visor. Loosen the screw and slide the sun visor from its support rod. (This applies to most vehicles. Should your vehicle use a different mounting technique, consult your vehicle's manual for removal instructions.)

  2. 2

    Clean the support rod with a clean rag.

  3. 3

    Lubricate the support rod. Wipe a very small dab of petroleum jelly on the support rod.

  4. 4

    Slide the sun visor back onto the support rod and tighten the screw. Operate the sun visor to assure free and smooth movement.

Tips and warnings

  • Petroleum jelly is used because it is clear and will not stain most upholstery.
  • These instructions apply to most vehicles. However, should your vehicle use a different mounting technique, consult your vehicle's manual for removal instructions.
  • Failure to lubricate the sun visor can result in the sun visor freezing or sticking to the rod and hinder operation.

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