The rear view mirror on a Ford is held to the window via a tab, or button as some call it, which is glued to the windshield glass. In the event the rear view mirror is knocked off the windshield, or the windshield is replaced, the tab will need to be reattached. While this procedure is far from difficult, it does require a bit of finesse. Apply too gently and the mirror will fall off; too much force and the windshield can crack.
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Things you need
- Crayon or grease pencil
- Razor blade
- Rear view mirror replacement kit
Mark the location of the tab on the exterior of the windshield by drawing a circle precisely around the tab’s location. If this is a new windshield, hold the mirror in place from the inside and mark around it with the crayon or grease pencil, then duplicate the mark on the windshield’s exterior.
Use the razor blade to scrape any residue from the inside of the windshield that might be left over from the previous mirror mount. If this is a new windshield, simply skip this step.
Clean the mounting area on the inside of the windshield with the alcohol swab pad that comes with mirror replacement kit.
Follow the directions in the mirror replacement kit to apply the adhesive to the tab. This usually calls for a pea-sized drop applied directly to the centre of the tab.
Press the mirror tab firmly, but not forcefully, against the inside of the windshield, lining it up with the mark on the outside of the glass. Make sure you have the tab right side up and aligned perfectly with your outline on the outside before it contacts the glass.
Hold the tab in place for the amount of time specified by the mirror kit’s directions. Once the glue has set, reinstall the mirror.
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