How to Replace Your Car’s Rear View Mirror

If you were driving and the rear view mirror falls or break mysteriously, then you are without a mirror and you will be unable to see back. Here is a simple guide that can be followed to replace a rear view mirror on a vehicle. Follow the directions.

Things Needed

  • mirror glue
  • strong adhesive tape
  • flat-headed scraper
  • marker
  • screwdriver
  • wrench

Rear View Mirror


Before replacing the rear view mirror, make sure that the weather is dry. It is preferable to work in a shady area away from sunlight. Strong sunlight can have a harmful effect on the adhesive. The fumes from the adhesive used can be overwhelming that’s why safety is important. Make sure that the area you are working in is ventilated well with the car doors open and the windows rolled down.

Use a marker (possibly a washable one) to mark the position of the first mirror on the outside of the windshield. This will help in providing an accurate guide when the mirror is reattached. Use a flat-headed scraper to scrape off the old and dried adhesive on the inside of the windshield. The remains that are stubborn can be forced to give up with rubbing alcohol and applying heat. Alcohol also serves as a cleaning agent for glass and removes dirt and oily fingerprint residues.

Clean any dried chunks of adhesive from the attachment point of the mirror. However before doing this, the mirror has to be detached from its attachment button with a wrench or a screwdriver. The button has to be marked to help you know which end faces upwards. The button on the face where the adhesive will be applied should not be marked because it will be scraped off when the old adhesive is cleaned away. The old adhesive can now be scraped off the surface can be wiped with alcohol just like it was done with windshield. For removing the adhesive, sandpaper can also be used as it will make the surface clean.

Now adhesive has to be applied to the button and make sure that it is positioned right side up before it is pressed on to the glass. Hold the button in place with light pressure for a minute to take hold. Then, the reattached button has to be left for a couple of hours or overnight so that the adhesive will completely cure before the mirror is finally reattached for good.