Removing a rear view mirror from the windshield bracket is not difficult once you find the securing screw. Removing the bracket from the windshield is a little more time consuming and will require patience. The bracket secures to the mirror with an epoxy that hardens almost like cement glue. The key to removing the mirror bracket from the windshield is heat. Heat will soften the epoxy to allow you to work the mirror bracket off the windshield.
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Things you need
- Small flathead screwdriver
- Allen wrench
- Hair dryer
- Utility knife
- Wrench set
Locate the set screw that secures the rear view mirror to the mirror bracket. The set screw will be on the bottom of the mirror bracket. You may have to remove a trim piece that will unsnap with a small flathead screwdriver.
Insert a small Allen wrench into the set screw and turn the screw counterclockwise to loosen the connection. Do not remove the screw, because it can easily get lost.
Grab the rear view mirror where it connects to the bracket. Pull up to slide the mirror off the bracket.
Remove Mirror from Bracket
Park the car so that the windshield get full sunlight. Allow the windshield to stay in direct sunlight for no less than three hours. This will begin to soften the epoxy that secures the mirror bracket to the windshield.
Heat the bracket and the area around the bracket with a hair dryer on the high setting. Wave the hair dryer back and forth without concentrating in one small spot. This will begin to warm the inside of the windshield to the same temperature as the outside of the windshield.
Score between the mirror bracket and the windshield with a sharp utility knife. Go around the circumference of the bracket and cut through the epoxy as much as possible. Continue heating the bracket area with the hair dryer.
Continue cutting the epoxy between the bracket and the windshield until the blade begins to be difficult to move under the bracket. Place a wrench around the bracket and slowly twist the bracket left to right while heating with the hair dryer. The bracket will release from the windshield after several attempts.
Rub a cloth with alcohol over the remaining epoxy and scrape the epoxy of the windshield with the utility knife before it begins to harden.
Remove Rear View Mirror Bracket from Windshield
Tips and warnings
- The utility knife blade must be sharp to cut through the epoxy. Have plenty of replacement blades on hand when removing the windshield bracket.
- Do not concentrate heat in one small area. This could cause the windshield to crack. Move the dryer over the bracket and bracket area.
- Do not force the bracket off with the wrench as this could cause the windshield to crack. Gentle pressure while heating the epoxy will take time.
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