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Posted: 9/3/2004 8:31:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/3/2004 8:32:17 AM EDT by Tanker06]

Just thought that I'd mention this to any members in the Northern VA area

Windshield in my Escort was scratched up when the wiper on the passenger side went south during
a storm, and scratched it pretty good. I could see out of it fine, but the guy who does the safety
inspection said that it wouldn't pass due to the the width and length of the scratches.

So I look for a place that can come to my wife's place of work to swap out the windshield, and Force
Auto Glass in Chantilly says that they have a mobile service, and can come do it. No problem. They
come out, replace it, everything looks good. Well, that night when I go to put the rearview mirror back
on, I notice that the original mounting stud (that glues to the glass) is still attached. The glass guy
glued another stud to the new windshield. Okay, no problem, just pop the mirror onto the new stud.
PSYCHE! Won't fit - base is cut wrong and won't fit.

Tried for a few minutes to pop the new one off, but quit after I'm afraid I'll break the windshield. So
I call the place, and the manager just gives me the total run-around, and can't give me an explanation
as to why they didn't put the original one back on. "He said that it was the wrong one, so he put the
correct one on." BULLSHIT! It won't fit.

He can't (or won't) tell me what might dissolve the adhesive used to hold the in-place stud, so my
only solution is to go out and find a new rearview mirror that will fit the new stud.
He said that he'd come out to my workplace and glue the old one next to the new one.
WTF does that accomplish?! I'd have the useless stud right there, and me looking stupid.

Hindsight says that yes, I should have been present when this was done, but I also don't expect a
business to give me the 'Oh well, sorry about that!' when they fuck up, either.

Now I just have to wait and see if it's sealed right, or if I get a swimming pool when it rains.....
[/rant mode off]
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 9:00:31 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 9:38:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By VA-gunnut:
If he glued a new mount on the glass, he may of put it on upside down.

No, it's glued with the right side up, but the angle of the cut is wrong. The front is too 'fat' to allow
my mirror to slide on.

The mounts on the Ford windshields suck big time.

Can't argue with that.....

You can always try gluing the other post onto the other one. It will look funny, but it will work.

Thought about that one, but not sure if the safety inspector would go for that or not.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 1:21:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 1:50:52 PM EDT
you should be able to wedge a razor in there and take it off.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 2:22:01 PM EDT

This stuff ought to do the trick.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 3:43:58 PM EDT
Heat it up to around 170° and grab it with a pair of pliars and twist it off . Don't try and pry it off .
The glue isnt a Cyanoacrylate like Super Glue . It's Hydroxypropyl Methacrylate A two-part structural acrylic and once it's cured its pretty much solvent resistant .
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 4:46:06 PM EDT
Do you have a mirror on each side of your car? If so then you do not have to have an inside rearview mirror to pass Virginia State Inspection.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 7:03:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tanker06:
No, it's glued with the right side up, but the angle of the cut is wrong. The front is too 'fat' to allow
my mirror to slide on.

Sounds like they put it on backwards.
Link Posted: 9/4/2004 7:53:41 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/5/2004 10:18:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2004 10:19:47 AM EDT by nvcdl]
On my old Blazer the rear mirror fell off a few months after the windshield was replaced - I just used a heavy duty clear silicone type adhesive to reattach.

In this case I would tell the windshield company to send someone out to complete work properly or you will dispute charge with credit company/stop payment on check.
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