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Hey everyone. I have had my rearview mirror fall off maybe 6 times since i have owned it. I have been using the normal glue/kits from Auto Zone and other places but they just never last. I always clean the glass and metal piece with iso alcohol or acetone but it just never lasts.

When it fails the glue always stays on the glass, not the metal tab. Would it help to rough up the surface of the tab to help it stick. I tried some rough sandpaper last time and it didn't even make a scratch. Must be some hard stuff.

It usually falls off in the heat of the summer, but just did this morning too. So i'm looking for something different that might last. Any ideas?
 

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I went through the same crap with the Autozone kit, The guy behind the counter said NOT to use the "prep" stuff in the kit, Just use the glue, -clean real good of course, but don't use any chemicals- He said that if it fails he would refund my money out of his pocket !......That was 12 years ago and he is retired now but the mirror is still on.
 

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OP you are only gluing the metal tab on first, and then sliding the mirror on AFTER the glue cures i hope.....

yea you need to rough up the metal tab, but i've never had a problem with scratching it up, 80 grit sand paper and a stiff hand it'll scratch up pretty good.

or try 351w500's way.
 

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OP you are only gluing the metal tab on first, and then sliding the mirror on AFTER the glue cures i hope.....
Definately mounting the tab on first. Sometimes i even wait a day before putting the mirror back on.

There are some good ideas here and i will have to give them a try.

Thanks guys!
 

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feel your pain amigo.
mine never stayed, until i got a new window. even now i am scaared to touch it, out of conditioned fear.

in hindsight, i should have just paid a pro.
 

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X2 with TheUnforgiven: :doh0715:

Mine has dropped off a couple of times in the 8 years I've owned it probably from the Sun baking it. You just have to make sure the windshield surface is clean and use enough epoxy so the tab cures in place FIRST then slide the rearview on and tighten carefully so it's not loose but don't over tighten it or you could pull it away. Use a single edge razor blade to clean away any epoxy residue around the tab so it looks nice, it's been some time since it fell off last.


Good Luck ~ :thumbup
 

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yo,
Ford also has the adhesive;
Rear View Mirror Adhesive
Permanently remounts mirrors to windshields
Achieves handling strength in seconds; mirror mounting strength in 15 minutes
Superfast, high strength, instant adhesive may also be used to bond close-mated, smooth-surface parts
Part Number TA-17-B Size 0.10/0.02 fl. oz.

http://fcsdchemicalsandlubricants.com/main/product.asp?product=Rear View Mirror Adhesive&category=Sealers and Adhesives

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Rear View Mirror Button Adhesive
Found to adhere much longer in high temperature, high humidity environments under constant load
Developed and sold only through Ford for service repair. Not available elsewhere
Applicable to all Ford & Lincoln Mercury vehicles, and many other domestic vehicles
Use with Rotunda applicator 164-R3925
Specifications
Part Number F7AZ-17698-BA (large)
Specification Number WSS-M2G389-A
Size 21mm x 29mm
See the Rear View Mirror Reattachment TSB 97-17-2 for 90-96 Bronco & Many Other Models & Years by Steve83 (Steve, That dirty old truck) at SuperMotors.net



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My preferred method.

TSB 97-17-02 NEW PROCEDURE for Rear View Mirror Reattachment

Publication Date: AUGUST 18, 1997

FORD:
1990-1994 TEMPO
1990-1997 CROWN VICTORIA, MUSTANG, TAURUS, THUNDERBIRD
1990-1998 ESCORT
1992-1997 PROBE
1995-1998 CONTOUR

LINCOLN-MERCURY:
1990-1992 MARK VII
1990-1994 TOPAZ
1990-1997 COUGAR, GRAND MARQUIS, SABLE
1990-1998 CONTINENTAL, TOWN CAR
1991-1998 TRACER
1993-1997 MARK VIII
1995-1998 MYSTIQUE

LIGHT TRUCK:
1990-1996 BRONCO
1990-1997 AEROSTAR, ECONOLINE, F-150-350 SERIES, RANGER
1991-1997 EXPLORER
1993-1997 VILLAGER
1995-1998 WINDSTAR
1997 EXPEDITION, MOUNTAINEER
1998 NAVIGATOR

ISSUE: This TSB article introduces a new procedure and tool for reattaching the inside rear view mirror assembly in the event the mirror detaches.

ACTION: Utilize the new Rotunda Mirror Button Applicator (164-R3925) to bond the mirror button to the windshield. This preferred method provides improved adhesion performance. Refer to the following Service Procedure for details.

SERVICE PROCEDURE
CAUTION: DO NOT USE THIS PROCEDURE IF WINDSHIELD IS DAMAGED (E.G., CHIPPED, CRACKED, OR EXHIBITS STAR BREAKS) WITHIN 152mm (6") OF THE MIRROR BUTTON, AND IF PLASTIC FILMS HAVE BEEN APPLIED TO THE INSIDE SURFACE OF THE WINDSHIELD (SUCH AS ADDITIONAL GRADIENT BANDS) WITHIN 51mm (2") OF THE MIRROR BUTTON.

Mark original location of bracket on outside of windshield with any appropriate marking tool (e.g., white china marker) before you begin.
NOTE: SURFACES MUST BE CLEAN FOR PROPER BONDING TO OCCUR.

Use the following steps to ensure proper cleaning of windshield:
Carefully remove any adhesive residue from the windshield using a new single edge razor blade.
Spray the inside surface of the windshield with a glass cleaner and wipe with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth.
Remove the liner from the pre-applied tape and apply the button directly onto the windshield at the marked location.
Button sizes:
F7AZ-17698-AA Small Footprint Size (16mm X 33mm)
F7AZ-17698-BA Large Footprint Size (21mm X 29mm)

Center the curing head of the Rotunda Mirror Button Applicator (164-R3925) over the button. Hold the curing head in place and press the "ON" button to activate the vacuum pump. Press the "START" button of the time/temperature controller to begin the cure cycle. Immediately clean the mirror button location marks from the outside of the windshield. Do not release the curing head until the cycle is completed.
The AUTOMATIC CYCLE (once the start button is pressed) is as follows:
Time of curing cycle will be displayed.
Time will stay constant until cure temperature 185°C (365°F) is reached.
Once the cure temperature is reached, display will reflect time remaining for complete cure.

CAUTION: THE HEATER BLOCK MAY STILL BE WARM. HANDLE WITH A GLOVE AND AVOID CONTACT WITH ANY SURFACE THAT MAY BE DAMAGED BY HIGH TEMPERATURE.

Turn the applicator off. Press the vacuum release button and remove the curing head from the windshield. Once the button has cooled to ambient temperature (about 5 minutes), reattach the mirror assembly.

PART NUMBER PART NAME
F7AZ-17698-AA Rear View Mirror Button (Small - 16mm X 33mm)
F7AZ-17698-BA Rear View Mirror Button (Large - 21mm X 29mm)

OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES: 94-17-02
 

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