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Rear view mirror removal HELP!

 
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It involves pushing the outer bracket up and this reveals the screws. From what I've seen, this bracket usually breaks and is out of production. Jose probably has a work around. Give him a little time, he will find this.
 
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I don't know! hahaaa! but thanks Ken for the vote of confidence...

those mirrors are a "safety item" Federally Mandated, you know the rest.

In other words, if you were in a crash, and hit the mirror, it is supposed to "give" so you are not injured.

An expert in the matter told me to grab the mirror and pull in the opposite way (towards the rear of the car, in one quick movement),and that it would come off. Right.

I did that when I was doing my headliner, and I broke the pot-metal bracket behind the mirror! arrrgghhh.

Soooo:it looks like there is no sure way to remove it without breaking the pot-metal bracket.Get a spare bracket before you "remove" the mirror.
I have purchased a few of those brackets for my own use, just in case.

After I removed the mirror, I did take a close look at how the whole thing works, for example, there is a thick, chromed spring, encased in the bracket, the theory is that the mirror would go back to its normal position if someone hit it, but no such thing. In other words, the mirror SHOULD come off by pulling backwards in a quick snap, but it doesn't happen in practice.

Also to consider: mine is a 1984, it may bea different procedure in later years.

sorry I could not help more.
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Hi @Jose

Resurrecting this thread because I started fixing my headliner and I got to the part where I remove the mirror. I read those tips from two sources that say just pull it off. (This is what the Jag Manual says too) 76-5 in the manual. I haven't broken mine yet but I also haven't gotten the mirror off.

Do you still (after 11 years LOL) have any of these brackets in case I break mine.? 1984 XJ6 Vanden Plas.
 
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:55 AM
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I do, just give it a strong pull towards the rear of the car, if you break the mirror arm, I have one too.

If it doesn't come off, put a thick towel behind the mirror between the mirror and the windshield and hit it towards the windshield with one strong blow.

the danger is you could crack the windshield by hitting it forward. Be careful.
 
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I just got that rearview mirror off without damage to it or the bracket. I can't believe how easily it came off after I was hitting it with a rubber mallet last night.

Here's what I did.

I got a can of White Lithium Grease Spray with the little red tube that fits in the nozzle. I figured out where the spring mechanism was by looking at mirrors for sale on Ebay. The mirror base is roughly trapezoidal. I inserted the tube right at where the little steel pins coome out on each side between the base and the headliner and shot some good squirts of it in there. I waited probably about ten seconds then just gave it a grab and pulled and it popped right off. I didn't even pull that hard. I think the spring getss stiff and wont compress and the grease slicked it up just enough to pop right out. A pic of the underside of the mirror showing where the grease went.

Well, I would have posted a pic, but the computer won't cooperate. I'll reboot later and see if I can do it. But this was dead easy. If you can't get your off, try this approach. Mine would not budge before.
 
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ALRIGHT!
Sometimes ya just need a little slip-free!
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