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    Rearview Mirror came off - took chunk of Windshield

    Fellas,

    The rear view mirror on my '04 STi was found hanging by its cord today. Normally no big deal...(1)get a mirror attachment kit (2) scrape the surfaces clean and (3) glue it back on.

    But in this case chunks of the interior of the windshield came off with it. The outside is still of the windshield is smooth and intact but the mirror mounting plate has chunks of the inside of the windshield stuck to it.

    What's recommended to do...Super Glue, replace the windshield (God I hope not), have a windshield repair place fix it or other? Thanks for taking my question and thanks in advance for your responses.

    Steve

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    What do you mean chunks of the windshield? Like actual glass? Lord if thats the case I would be getting it repaired professionally...I would want to keep my high dollar subie looking perfect...

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    Yea small chunks (see attached photos). Small enough to fit within the mirror mounting plate...not noticeable from the exterior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smlanden View Post
    Yea small chunks (see attached photos). Small enough to fit within the mirror mounting plate...not noticeable from the exterior.

    Yikes...honestly I may be way off here but my bet is to make it look PERFECT again You will prob have to replace the windshield...If you can live with it like that than I would prob look into some kind of super glue or rearview mirror glue/adhesive...

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    call your auto insurance, they may cover a windshield replacement for free.

    Is it still under warranty ?
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    holy smokes its the first time in my life ive seen anything like that...

    Insurance will cover im sure...
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    Wow, that's crazy! I haven't seen anything like that either! Because glass came off with the rearview mirror, it would cause me to question the integrity of the windshield. Personally, I would talk to my insurance and have a professional look at it. Last thing you need is to do a quick-job and then have the windshield shatter on you while driving down the highway.
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    Yeah definitely get that repaired whether it is covered by insurance or not. If a rock or something hits that spot it will damage the windshield a lot more than just a normal nick.
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    Had the same problem

    Stop making a big noise about it; it's not a huge thing!
    Mine was fixed by a pro, but only to save time.
    Take the mirror and use a sharp knife/blade to remove all the particles from the mount. Obviously, you have to remove the mirror from the mount by rotating it 90deg any direction.
    Than, spread some black silicone on both sides: the mirror mount and the windshield. Than, attach the mount to its place on the window, hold it for a few minutes and than put a nice long strip of a duct tape to hold it good (you will have to use acetone later to remove the duct tape from the glass, but not a big issue).
    Let is cure for 24 hours. Than remove the tape, put a small amount of grease on the pivot ball that you will see on the mirror, slide the ball inside the mount when it's rotated 90 deg. and rotate, gently, to the correct position.
    DONE

    The windshield made of a laminated glass. There is a material called PVB in between which actually hold everything together. I guess the specific place where the glass was damaged MIGHT get weaker but not something serious...
    Cosmetically wise, you WONT see anything from outside, as it's all covered by the black silicone (same as originally)

    If my explanation wasn’t clear enough, feel free asking.
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    ^I would still replace it.
    that chunk looks pretty deep probably nearly as deep as the windshield is thick. It definitely makes the windshield weaker and could cause cracking especially if he drives off road or has a rock hit in that spot. You're right it will not "shatter" like a normal pane of glass but definitely has a greater risk of cracking.
    Just get it replaced/fixed man, especially if it is covered
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    If its covered, and wont effect the future insurance cost - fix it.
    If not, my guess is that a hit that will crack the windshield now, would crack it anyway....
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    they make windshield glue. Basically a super glue. A guy i know had two 12" Type R subs in his jeep and this happened to his mirror. Used some windshield/glass glue and it holds better than before.
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    guys the same thing happened to my 02 rex as what happened to smlanden. and knfevg seems to say that the silicon works. what did smlanden do finally? so i called my insurance. its covered free of charge, but will my premium go up? i cant ask them that? hah they'll never say it will, but then they'll probably jack it up. so whats the best route. also my rear view mirror is an auto dim with compass. the mirror in that rear view has a floating liquid discoloration at the bottom, like some acid sat in there floating, and darkened that area in the mirror. so i need another rear view mirror. WTB original part, so anyone selling that 02 rear view mirror auto dim with compass? thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by knfevg View Post
    Stop making a big noise about it; it's not a huge thing!
    Mine was fixed by a pro, but only to save time.
    Take the mirror and use a sharp knife/blade to remove all the particles from the mount. Obviously, you have to remove the mirror from the mount by rotating it 90deg any direction.
    Than, spread some black silicone on both sides: the mirror mount and the windshield. Than, attach the mount to its place on the window, hold it for a few minutes and than put a nice long strip of a duct tape to hold it good (you will have to use acetone later to remove the duct tape from the glass, but not a big issue).
    Let is cure for 24 hours. Than remove the tape, put a small amount of grease on the pivot ball that you will see on the mirror, slide the ball inside the mount when it's rotated 90 deg. and rotate, gently, to the correct position.
    DONE

    The windshield made of a laminated glass. There is a material called PVB in between which actually hold everything together. I guess the specific place where the glass was damaged MIGHT get weaker but not something serious...
    Cosmetically wise, you WONT see anything from outside, as it's all covered by the black silicone (same as originally)

    If my explanation wasn’t clear enough, feel free asking.
    I can't get the glass to come off the mount. I've used fingernail polish remover, alcohol, scraping, beating it w/a hammer, etc. Can I just glue surfaces - the windshield and the bit of glass on the mount, and the mount, stick it back in the same space and then find a pro to fix it?

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