Rear view mirror mount removal

Kneale Brownson knotnook at
Tue Aug 20 09:16:42 EDT 2002

At 05:49 AM 08/20/2002 -0400, Lee Levitt wrote:

>"Craig D. Niederst" <niederst at> writes:
> > I got a good deal on an electrochromic rear view mirror (free) from a '98
> > A4, and I am attempting to install it in my '92 100S. The new
> > mirror uses a round style mirror mount versus the more traditional mount
>currently on my
> > 100. I have the wiring ready, but the only problem is I cannot remove the
> > old mirror mount from the windshield. I have tried to pry it off carefully
> > with a razor blade, but I cannot get the blade behind the mount.
>Call your local glass guy and ask him how to do it. I'll bet that every so
>often they put one of those buttons on wrong and have to remove it.
>I'm betting that a propane torch is involved...heat up the button just
>enough to loosen the adhesive, and it *should* come off fairly easily. But
>I'm not necessarily recommending this you could light your
>headliner on fire or crack your windshield with the heat!

If the propane torch works, maybe a heat gun would too with less potential
for harm.  I know that mirrors that have come off on cars I've owned failed
when the car was parked facing the sun continuously.

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