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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 01-22-2011, 12:38 PM
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How to remove rearview mirror button or mount?

My rearview mirror has been knocked off the windshield of my '98 ride. I want to reattach it, but I know the weight of the mirror will keep it from curing and I'm surely not sitting in that car and holding it in place for who-knows-how-long. So, how do I remove the "button" or "mount" from the mirror so that it (the button or mount) can be reattached to the windshield? Once dry, I will attach the mirror to the "mount" or "button" and, presumably, voila! Do I pop off the metal plate somehow or twist it one way or another? Is it the metal plate that needs to come off or the plate and the plastic it's attached to? The thing is so tightly put together that I can't even figure out what removes from what. Thanks so much to anyone who can help!
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:48 PM
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Use one minute expoxy...

stuff holds up too 2400 lbs or so it says.
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:42 PM
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You can get interior mirror adhesive kits at the auto parts store. It's important to use the right glue, but even more important to prep the surfaces properly. The kit comes with everything you need except a single-edge razor blade to scrape the glass.

Now, how to get the mounting button out of the mirror arm itself.... danged if I know! I've never seen a BMW mirror come loose before. Here's an exploded drawing of how it's assembled, but I don't know if that will help getting it apart. Maybe someone that's done this job will chime in. Good luck.
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:05 PM
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:12 PM
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Voice of (unpleasant) experience, perhaps?
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:14 PM
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Came clear off...took part of the windshield with it. It wasn't even on when I bought it.

It's in the trunk right now.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:27 PM
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X318ti, maybe the mirror makes a 60* turn either way on the plate to disengage? Look at the 6-sided part on the plate...uneven sides. Maybe it goes on over the wider flats and then you turn it 60* to lock it. Remove it by turning back 60*? Just guessing.
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X318ti, maybe the mirror makes a 60* turn either way on the plate to disengage? Look at the 6-sided part on the plate...uneven sides. Maybe it goes on over the wider flats and then you turn it 60* to lock it. Remove it by turning back 60*? Just guessing.
yes, the mirror has to be turned to remove.

if the button has come off the glass, then i suggest that you reattatch it with the rearview mirror adhesive. just read the directions out loud (seriously) to someone else at least twice. it's not difficult, but it's so easy to do a step incorrectly or misstep. here's a quick synopsis, though. this is from memory (nt that i ever messedthis up before...

before you remove the button from the mirror make a note of the indexing. it will be very difficult to remember once it is removed and cleaned. take a pic, maybe, or perhaps a dot of paint. you should also check the indexing on the mark on the mirror as well to see if there is a 'top' and 'bottom' index. (it may be the same on all sides, i just don't remember)

mark the glass (noting the exact location) on the outside *before* you clean the glass on the inside or you will not put it back in the correct spot. then use the prep swab and let it dry completely. (it's only a few minutes, but don't rush it)

when you use the actual adhesive, just a drop should suffice. more is not going to be better with this stuff.

let the button dry for 24 hours before installing the mirror.

that should be about it. good luck.


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Old 01-23-2011, 02:25 PM
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I did this about three weeks ago.Twisting the plate out is a PITA when it's not attached to anything and as far as I know it doesn't hurt any thing to just pry it off of the mirror arm with a screw driver, but make sure to mark the top of the plate before doing so. DO NOT use 5 min epoxy, DO NOT use 1 min epoxy, they will not take the torque required to twist the mirror back onto the plate, I tried both because they were readily available for free, both were a messy waste of time, I held the 5 minute epoxy for 5 minutes as recommended, but it then fell off and landed sticky side down on my seat, thank god for cheap seat covers. Use actual mirror adhesive from an auto parts store of your choosing, I used the heavy duty stuff which cost an extra buck. Just mark it, clean it, make sure you marked it correctly, glue it, and you'll be good to reattach it in about 30 minutes
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:43 PM
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Thanks for pics and input

Thanks to all who responded... I do have the actual mirror adhesive so I'm on the right track. Great input about marking everything to get it all lined up again and I think the diagram from hornhospital really helps. I'll let you all know how it goes... much appreciated!
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The center mirror button is removed with a screw driver, It pops out.
It is 3 sided and when placed back on the windshield you put the mirror arm at an angle and twist it to lock in place. NOTE: There is only one proper way that the button fits into the arm properly so that the half moon edge of the button locks into place.
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The center mirror button is removed with a screw driver, It pops out.
It is 3 sided and when placed back on the windshield you put the mirror arm at an angle and twist it to lock in place. NOTE: There is only one proper way that the button fits into the arm properly so that the half moon edge of the button locks into place.
The thread is three years old, I hope he had it figured out by now

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