Homelink Rearveiw Mirror

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Homelink Rearveiw Mirror

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Post by 69XRRR7 » 06 Feb 2018, 19:56

Has anyone done this upgrade to their Cougar? My brother-in-law picked up a Homelink mirror from a wrecking yard the other day and gave it to me. It looks simple and straight forward, except for the mount that is glued to the windshield. That looks like it needs replaced with a different one. I have a 69. This Homelink mirror has garage door opener and auto-dim for bright headlights coming from behind. How difficult is it to take off the original rearview mirror mount from the windshield without breaking the windshield?
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Re: Homelink Rearveiw Mirror

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Post by 69XR7RestoMod » 06 Feb 2018, 20:09

I put one on my car. I don’t think you need to change the mounting pad on the windshield. You just need a longer set screw to hold it tight.
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Re: Homelink Rearveiw Mirror

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Post by 69XRRR7 » 06 Feb 2018, 21:00

Looking at my 69, the windshield mount looks more round. Looks like I need more of a D shaped mounting.
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Re: Homelink Rearveiw Mirror

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Post by Don Rush » 07 Feb 2018, 11:20

Most times you can just give it a good yank but if it has recently been glued, I have on occasion had it damage the windshield when I pull the mirror off forcefully. I have done this no less than 300 times over the years.

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Re: Homelink Rearveiw Mirror

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Post by wish » 07 Feb 2018, 11:52

Others have just glued the new button over the old one.

Seems they never want to come off once you've done it wrong, but will fall off on a sunny day once you've gotten it perfectly placed.

That said it seems like heat may help the process, though you'll want to be careful not to superheat one area and cause the windshield to crack that way.

Do local glass shops have a trick they use or do they just put a new button on every time ?
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Post by Dennis Pierachini » 07 Feb 2018, 15:32

You might also try loosening the glue with some acetone before removing the tab from the windshield. The glue originally used was basically Krazy Glue. I have done this numerous times with success.
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Re: Homelink Rearveiw Mirror

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Post by 69XR7RestoMod » 07 Feb 2018, 16:29

It's been a while since I installed mine, and I can look at it closer this weekend, but my memory is the mirror fit on the factory windshield mount just fine, but wouldn't tighten with the supplied set screw. I went to home depot, got a longer screw and was done.

Also, someone suggested gluing the new base on top of the old one. That's another perfectly good solution.

Don is right, most often you can just grab and yank it off, then clean up the remaining residue with a razor. But there's that one in a 100.....
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Post by JETEXAS » 07 Feb 2018, 16:49

Don't heat the windshield. I've cracked one clean across attempting that maneuver.
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Re: Homelink Rearveiw Mirror

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Post by 69XRRR7 » 09 Feb 2018, 20:42

See, the mount I have is round and I do not think the new mount will go right over the top because of the mirror mounting ball. I think I am going to have to remove the round one and buy a, or find a newer D shaped one. I hope the attachments worked.


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Re: Homelink Rearveiw Mirror

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Post by CATHOUSE » 09 Feb 2018, 21:24

You are correct, if you want the new mirror to be in the same location you will need to remove the round style mount. If you do not remove the round mount then you would need to place the new mount above, below or beside the round one, which is probably not the look that you want. In the event that you do remove the old round mount one piece of advise, before you try to remove use a sharpie and mark the outside of the windshield where the round mount is located. Then you will know exactly where to place the new D mount.

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