What You Should Know About Rearview Mirror Replacement

What You Should Know About Rearview Mirror Replacement

Do you find yourself constantly readjusting your rearview mirror? Does it wobble or vibrate? Has the mirror fallen off completely? Repairing or replacing a rearview mirror can be a little tricky. This article provides some helpful information about rearview mirror replacement.

Modern Safety Features

In the past, rearview mirror repair or replacement was pretty simple. People would either fix and remount the mirror or purchase and install a new mirror. These days, many vehicles are equipped with safety features, such as cameras and sensors, that complicate rearview mirror repair or replacement. The good news is that rearview mirror failures rarely occur with new vehicles. The bad news is that if you do have issues with your rearview mirror, chances are that your entire windshield will need to be replaced. An experienced auto glass technician can research the specifications for your vehicle and inform you of your options.

To Repair or Not to Repair

If your vehicle is not equipped with safety features involving the rearview mirror, then repair or replacement may be an option. Otherwise, contact us before you attempt to do anything about your rearview mirror problem.

You will need to decide whether to repair or replace the mirror, and this decision should depend on the reason for the rearview mirror malfunction or failure. Some rearview mirrors are secured with screws to the roof of the vehicle, while others are glued directly onto the windshield. Perhaps a screw just needs to be tightened or new adhesive needs to be applied. If you are able to easily diagnose the problem and resolving the problem seems like something you can manage on your own, then have at it. For mechanical failures, the entire mirror assembly will need to be replaced. Most auto parts stores carry quality repair and replacement kits.

Is the Windshield Damaged?

Sometimes when a rearview mirror malfunctions or detaches, some damage happens to the windshield. Suppose you hit a pothole and the mirror falls, bringing a tiny piece of the windshield along with it or a little crack forms on the windshield where the mirror used to be. Another possibility is that inadvertent damage happens while you are attempting to repair or replace the mirror. In either case, your windshield may need to be replaced. An experienced auto glass technician can examine your windshield to make this determination.

Our Windshield Replacement Services

When Troy Auto Glass replaces a windshield, you can count on proper rearview mirror replacement. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians are highly trained in all aspects of windshield replacement, including rearview mirror replacement for both older vehicles and newer vehicles with ADAS features.