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Rear view mirror removal

(2008 Ford Escape)
in Denver, CO on February 15, 2010
How do I remove the rear view mirror. I see the slot at the bottom of the base, but can't get it loose by using a screw driver.
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on March 26, 2010
It's easier than it appears. Completed on a 2008 Ford Escape.
1). Insert a very small flat head screwdriver upwards into the slot at the bottom of the mirror mounting bracket. It will stop when it touches the tab or button that is glued to the windshield. The screwdriver head MUST be in the proper position between the button and the mounting bracket. NOT between the button and the windshield glass. You don't want to pry the button off the glass or damage the windshield.
2). Tap the bottom of the screwdriver with a hammer ever so lightly. The screwdriver will pry the mounting bracket slightly away from the button. You will see the mounting bracket start to move upward towards the vehicles roof. Once it has moved slightly upwards wiggle the screwdriver down and out. Tap the bottom of the mounting bracket upwards (careful not to strike the windshield). Soon, you should be able to lift the mirror upwards and off the button. Only pull the mirror upwards off the button. Don't pull the mirror straight away from the windshield, you don't want pull the button off the windshield.
3). Slide the new mirror mounting bracket onto the top of the button. Make sure the mirror day/night tab is downward. The mounting bracket will only go down 1/4 of the way and has to be tapped down the rest of the way. Place a small piece of wood on the top of the mounting bracket and tap the wood with your hammer. Force the mounting bracket downward completely onto the button. Using the wood has a two fold benefit. First, it softens the blows to the mounting bracket avoiding knocking the glued button off the windshield. Secondly, it helps to avoid damaging the windshield, keeping the hammer head away from the glass. Note: a short wooden paint stirrer is just the right size wood.
4). Once the mounting bracket is completely seated, your job is done. Enjoy your newly installed rear view mirror.
The entire removal and install took me only five minutes to complete and composing this answer took me 30 minutes to type. Go figure!!
on September 28, 2010
You were right, it took me less than 5 minutes to take off the mirror, if one never done it before it would have been impossible to know how to do it.
on January 10, 2011
Thanks so much, you saved me a lot of anguish.
It was really easy. Without your help i would have knocked the button off or worse.
The hardest part was getting the small screwdriver in the right position.
It took me less than five minutes from start to finish.
on March 08, 2010
just grab it and pull down it will pop off the tab on the windshield.
on August 30, 2010
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