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Installation Guide for the Subaru car mirror Glass
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ts always such a hassle when you break your side view mirror. I myself have hit many a mailbox in my day that cracked the car mirror or the mirror assembly. Lots of people think they have to go to the dealership to get the whole assembly. In some cases you have to, but most of the time its just the glass itself that is broken. Why spend $550.00 dollars and up to have it replace the assembly by the dealer or a when you can fix it yourself easily and affordably.
Did you ever notice the passenger side mirror always has the "objects are closer" text on the mirror. This mirror is designed this way to increase your field of vision and to eliminate the blind spot problem. Its always a good thing to replace that with a convex mirror glass verses a normal mirror. Don't substitute this as one day it might save your life.
A glass only side view mirror is made of 2.2mm 1st surface mirror properties. This mirror is actually translucent. Meaning that light will travel through and absorb the light from the car behind you at night. USA Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Code 571.111 require this mirror to absorb 40 to 60 percent of light and convex mirror with a bend of a 40 inch radius. However during the day during, the mirror is 100% reflective. We only sell mirrors that conform with DOT standards. Our mirrors are made in the USA, except for some mirrors that were made overseas, and all comply to US Standards. Beware of the 9 dollar mirror that you are seeing on sale these days on the internet, as these mirrors might not conform to USA standards. Car or Truck mirrors should be installed using the car mirror to a plastic frame plate. Without this plastic frame the glass has nothing to rest into the car mirror housing. We do not suggest the use of normal bathroom silicone adhesive, which everyone has laying around at somewhere in their house or apartment. Latex type silicone does not adhere well to glass, but does to the plastic frame. We suggested using a construction silicone which is non latex based. If you don't have any then get a small tube at your local hardware store, or order the tube online with us.
How to remove and replace your car mirror from the frame
Now how do you remove that old mirror to get the new one in. Well, you first must breakdown the mirror from the plate called a frame. One simple way to do this is to get a flat strong instrument like a wide screw driver or a automotive scraper. Not many of you have the scraper, but when you go to our order form page we could sell you one. Its a nice thing to have around your toolbox. Now to loosen the adhesive from the plate you must apply some heat. Ideally a propane torch is good, but if you have the wife's hairdryer or a heat gun that will also work. Heat up the mirror enough so that the adhesive behind the mirror will loosen get the screwdriver, putty knife, or the scraper under the mirror and pull all the broken pieces off the frame. Make sure you are wearing gloves and protective eyewear, oh, and its also a smart idea to put a small garbage bucket under the housing you are working on, so that the glass falls into the bucket and not on the ground. After the side view mirror glass is removed, make sure all the mirror and adhesive is clean off the framed plate.
Once you have removed your side view mirror from the frame, you now need to apply the glue to the black frame. First thing to do is clean the glass with water. Do not use glass cleaner or any chemical related cleaner. Apply the glue outward so it extends past the lip of the frame. I call this the snow cone effect. Glue it in 5 spots. One in the middle and 4 in the middle corners. Don't get too close to the frames edge, as it will ooze out of the frame, making a mess. If you order the silicone from us or have purchased a tube, cut a 3/8 inch diameter from the tip. Use Large dabs of the adhesive 3/8" inch wide by 1/2" outwards. Remember you are not installing a windshield that requires a strong adhesive. Once you have adhered the mirror to the plate, get some easily removable tape, like masking tape, and tape the mirror around the mirror housing so that the mirror will not slide off the frame. This will also allow you to drive. Keep the tape on for 24 hours for cold climates and 5 hours in warm until the glue dries.
How To Try and Save your Heating element
Many of you have heating elements behind the mirror. Some heated mirrors will have a heating element mark on the mirror. However to make sure you have a heating element, move the frame as much as you can to the side, and look behind the frame. You will notice wires going into the frame. This is a good indication you have a heated mirror. Best way to remove the heating element from the car mirror is not to make the mirror too hot. This will melt your heating element. This is the time to use the hair dryer warming up the mirror side, and taking a square utility razor, start at the corner, and slowly peal the element off the mirror. You may be able to save this heating element. Although difficult, TAKE YOUR TIME removing the broken mirror from the heating element which is attached to the mirror using a sticky adhesive. If that stick adhesive is no longer sticky, then use the silicone around the edge of the heating element onto the mirror, let it dry 24 hours then go to the next step. Another step that a customer tried and was successful in removing the heating element was to submerge the mirror in nail polish remover. The acetone in the nail polish dissolved the glue attached to the glass, and he was successful in removing the heating element without damage. I also just got an email from another customer that removed the element by brushing paint thinner over the heating element, letting it soak in for about 15 minutes, then pealing it off the mirror glass. However using the paint thinner can melt the plastic element. So brush it and keep it to the 15 minute limit as not to do damage to the element. We have yet to try this, so I would make it a last resort. Also one secret on the fixing of the element breaking from the heating pad is to use crazy glue to apply element to the plastic. Or actually gorilla glue would be better. However only using 1/2 of the connection to the pad. Then go to the ford dealer or auto parts store and get back glass element patch kit. About 8 dollars. Then build the liquid onto the element until the contact meets and hardens, and make sufficient contact to the heating pad.
Installing a Electro chromatic Self Dimming Fit Over Car mirror
Many other car manufactures have created an electro chromatic also know as self dimming mirrors. In this option, the glass is actually a liquid that dims and heats the mirror. Due to the high costs of this mirror, we have the option of selling an electro chromatic fit over mirror. This is a mirror that fits over the old broken glass. The self dimming option will no longer function, but in most cases you will need to replace the whole housing in order to get your OEM product to work, and unfortunately almost all dealers only have the housing available for 300-500 dollars. Also in past years many made side view car mirrors that were electro chromatic using and electrical charge liquid or film. As year go by, they turned rust in color or black. So the fit over glass is an inexpensive option for these items, for at least until the junk yards have these in stock for a reasonable price. So be aware of this feature when you order. We do not sell a mirror that self dims. We do however sell mirrors that will fit over your existing self dimming mirror. For more information, please refer to the top of this page. To apply a self dimming mirror is simple. You DO NOT remove the old glass from the frame as these mirror are fused to the frame plate. When buying a self dimming fit over mirror from us, you should do the following. If you have a self dimming mirror that had liquid come out of the mirror when broken, please clean any oils and dirt from the outer surface and this will prevent the silicone to bond to the plastic. You must clean and remove any of the liquid that is on the outer portion of the existing mirror on the vehicle. This oil may contaminate the adhering process. Its best to use a power wash to clean the oil out of the frame. On the old mirror, take the silicone glue, and dot the old mirror every 1/4 x 1/4 inch 1/2 inch from the frames edge. Then take the new mirror place it over the old one, use an easily removable tape, and secure the mirror to the housing for drying. By doing this method, you have created a silicone pad between the two glasses. In many cases even thought the self dimming feature has failed, the heating element behind that mirror will still function, and by transferring the heat through the newly created silicone base onto the new mirror. If you have a self dimming mirror that had liquid come out of the mirror when broken, please clean any oils and dirt from the outer surface and this will prevent the silicone to bond to the plastic.
Gluing a mirror that has fallen out of the frame for no reason.
In the last 6 or 7 years, we have been selling a lot of mirrors that the glass has fallen out of the frame for no reason. One of the biggest problems cars has been the Saab 93 95. There are another 20 or 30 makes and models that has had this problem in recent years. There is a special way to re glue this mirror properly if you have a heating element option. For some reason, the manufacture of these product either used a small amount of double sided tape, but the main culprit with mirrors with heating elements is the use of spray adhesive onto a black pad. Behind this black pad is a heating element. If you have this situation, please refer to the installation of Installing a Electro chromatic self dimming mirror installation. It is the same principle. By dotting the glue, as explained above, your mirrors heating function will work much better than just globing the glue onto the frame. It will disperse the heat from the element that is behind the black pad. The silicone that we sell is perfect in adhering this mirror properly. I have enclosed a picture of a mirror that the glass fell out of the frame, that had the black pad, and the heating element is behind the black pad. Again. Do not remove this black pad. Glue the black pad as explained. To see this mirror CLICK HERE
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We also carry the rear view mirror. Yes this is the one in your car that is usually attached to your windshield using a mirror bracket. We stock 8" and 10" rearview mirrors, both with break away technology or the old break your nose in an accident screw in type. What is the difference in the two. Well the old type mirror bracket used a small screw that when tightened kept the rear view mirror in place. However due to the increased knowledge through crash tests, researchers found that many people sustained facial damage because the mirror didn't move during the tests. Now instead of a screw they more or less slip onto the mirror button, so that god forbid you get into an accident, the mirror will actually breakaway from the windshield or the headliner attachment. Its a really good safely feature. There however is two drawbacks in that they are much more expensive than the standard screw on type, and the other is that there are special tools required in removing it from the windshield without actually breaking away the bracket or breaking the windshield. So before purchasing this item from us, and the tool needed to remove the old one, you might want the local glass expert for replacement of this item. However if you need the old style, they are rather inexpensive to replace. Its always a good idea to replace the old one that might either be cracked or has some serious oxide breakdown.
We ship to the following destinations.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, AFO, APO, AE, United States Military. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and International World Wide.
Here is a sample of the car mirrors we carry
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