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I cant remove the rearview mirror button to fix it. There is some sort of a clip holding that piece in the rear view mirror and in order to re attach the mirror to the windshield you have to get that piece out, correct?

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Hi Teresa,

Yes, you are correct. The mirror bracket (the small piece - see picture below) has to come out of the mirror stem in order to get the thing glued back on to the windshield.

MOST GM vehicles have either a Hex or Torx head screw that holds onto the bracket. (see picture below)

If your mirror does not have this screw, then it is held by a spring clip (which is what I think you are describing). If this is the case, look at the bottom edge of the mirror stem/bracket assembly. There will be a small hole (slot) between the mirror stem and the mirror bracket. Take a paper clip and shove it as far as possible up in the hole. This will push and hold the spring clip back so you can slide the bracket out of the mirror stem. Please note that you are only trying to get the paper clip BETWEEN the spring clip and the bracket - the spring clip does not come out of the mirror stem assembly without breaking things. (Sorry, I do not have a picture of this type of fixture)

When you go to glue the bracket onto the windshield, make sure that all of the old glue is cleaned off first. A razor blade works well for this task. Then follow the directions in your mirror glue kit for applying the primer and glue.

Make sure the bracket is oriented correctly when you stick it to the windshield. Some mirror glues are very unforgiving and will stick almost instantly, making corrections nearly impossible.

One more hint: If the old glue (or the outline of the old glue) is still on the windshield, use a "sharpie" pen to trace around it on the OUTSIDE of the windshield. This will serve as a "locator" once you have cleaned and primed the windshield in preparation for the bracket to get glued. The pen mark can be cleaned off with regular windshield washer fluid when you are finished.



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Posted on Oct 17, 2011

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  • Teresa Haven Oct 18, 2011

    First off, Thank-you very much for responding. I do appreciate it.
    I can send you a picture of it, if I could figure out how to do it on this site. I am not sure what hole you are describing, but I cant see a paper clip being able to spring the clip down far enough. I have tried screwdrivers and they don't work. I don't understand why they just couldn't do it the same way everyone else does. It's very frustrating.

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    dttech Oct 18, 2011

    Hi again Teresa,
    I found a video that will help you to understand how to get the thing out. It is NOT hard, you just need to understand what it is you are trying to do. This video covers this well.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atkBE2OzM...

  • Teresa Haven Oct 19, 2011

    Hi,
    Thank-you for the video, but... the clip that is holding in the bracket on my mirror is nothing like that. I wish it was that simple, I would have had it out and the job would have been finished by now. I have pictures of it, but I can't get them to upload to this site. The clip sticks out in front of the bracket and there are two little tabs that are holding the piece in. It looks like you should be able to take a screwdriver and push down where these tabs are, and it would make them go down far enough to slide the bracket out, but it wont move at all. I am going to go to the GMC dealer site and try to find a URL of a website with a picture of this. If all else fails I will just have to sit in the truck and hold the mirror for the amount of time specified when I glue it back on.
    Thanks again for your help.

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    dttech Oct 19, 2011

    Honestly, I think you are probably prying on the wrong part. How about this solution. Take the mirror by your local shop, batt your eyelids a few times and ask one of the mechanics to help you get the bracket out. I'll bet they will pop it out for you at no charge just to see you smile!

  • Teresa Haven Oct 19, 2011

    You know what... Now you've crossed the line. You think because I am a female that I don't know what I'm doing. I have been working on cars for 30 years. I will bet if I was a male you wouldn't be telling him to go to a mechanic and bat his eyelids to get it fixed. I can't believe you just said that. I will never use this site again. Do you know how sick and tired I get of men who think because I am not one, I have stupid written on my forehead or something. There is not one thing on a vehicle that you can repair better than I can just because you are a male. If you ever get a chance, try taking the rearview mirror off of a 1999 GMC Sonoma and then you will know what YOU are talking about. Then you will realize, YOU DON"T KNOW EVERYTHING!!!!!

  • Adam Caster Mar 18, 2013

    wooooooow.... psycho?

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  • There is the mount that is there that you need to pop out. Most of the time those just sit in there held by the weight of the mirror. Take a Flathead screwdriver and just pop that little mount out.

Hope this helps.
Regards, Tony

Posted on Oct 17, 2011

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    Iron Oct 17, 2011

    It will be a little stuck from years of being pulled on, the mirror that is, from adjusting.

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