Inside Rear View Mirror Removal and Replacement

Apr 8, 2021


Welcome to the comprehensive guide on removing and replacing the inside rear view mirror by Grafco Electric. In this detailed guide, we will provide you with expert tips and step-by-step instructions to help you tackle this task with ease.

Why Remove and Replace the Inside Rear View Mirror?

The inside rear view mirror plays a crucial role in ensuring safety while driving. It allows you to have clear visibility of the road and monitor the traffic behind you. However, there are situations where the mirror might get damaged, become misaligned, or simply need replacement due to wear and tear.

Tools and Materials Needed

Before starting the removal and replacement process, it's important to gather the necessary tools and materials. Here's a list of items you'll need:

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Torx key set
  • Clean microfiber cloth
  • Replacement inside rear view mirror
  • Mirror adhesive

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Identify the Mounting Type

Begin by identifying the type of mounting used for your inside rear view mirror. It can typically be one of the following:

  1. Windshield glue mount
  2. Screw mount
  3. Clip-on mount

Step 2: Prepare the Workspace

Ensure you have a clean and clutter-free workspace to work on. Park your vehicle in a well-lit area and take necessary safety precautions.

Step 3: Removal Process

The removal process will vary depending on the mounting type. Follow the instructions below for your specific mirror mounting:

Windshield Glue Mount

For mirrors that are mounted using windshield glue, follow these steps:

  1. Start by softening the adhesive by applying heat to the mirror base using a hairdryer.
  2. Once the adhesive is softened, carefully pry off the mirror using a flathead screwdriver, taking care not to damage the windshield or surrounding area.

Screw Mount

If your mirror is mounted using screws, follow these steps:

  1. Use a Torx key to remove the screws holding the mirror bracket in place.
  2. Once the screws are removed, gently lift the mirror off the bracket.

Clip-On Mount

For mirrors with a clip-on mount, perform the following steps:

  1. Identify the clip holding the mirror in place and locate the release mechanism.
  2. Depress or release the clip, allowing you to slide the mirror off the mounting bracket.

Step 4: Cleaning and Preparation

After removing the old mirror, clean the mounting area thoroughly with a clean microfiber cloth. This will ensure proper adhesion for the new mirror.

Step 5: Replacement Process

Now it's time to install the new inside rear view mirror. Follow these steps:

  1. If the new mirror requires adhesive, apply a small amount of mirror adhesive to the mounting plate or windshield, following the product instructions.
  2. Align the mirror with the mounting plate or windshield and press it firmly into place.
  3. Allow the adhesive to cure as per the manufacturer's instructions.


Congratulations! You have successfully removed and replaced the inside rear view mirror. By following these detailed instructions provided by Grafco Electric, you can ensure optimal safety and clear visibility while driving. If you encounter any difficulties or have any additional questions, do not hesitate to consult a professional for assistance.

Lauren Hackett
Helpful guide!
Oct 10, 2023