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How do you replace sideview mirror on 1992 Chevy astro van?

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2011-09-12 20:52:12

If you are just replacing the broken glass on the Chevy astro

van it is simple. Well, you first must breakdown the mirror from

the plate called a frame. One simple way to do this is to get a

flat strong instrument like a wide screw driver or scraper. Now to

loosen the adhesive from the plate you must apply some heat.

Ideally a propane torch is good, but if you have the wife's

hairdryer or a heat gun that will also work. Heat up the mirror

enough so you can get the screwdriver or the scraper under the

mirror and pull all the broken pieces off. Make sure you are

wearing gloves and protective eyewear, and after the side view

mirror glass is removed, make sure all the mirror and adhesive is

clean off the framed plate.

Now you need to get a glass only product. I have purchased them

at this website

Once you have removed your side view mirror from the frame, you

now need to , apply a non latex based silicone glue to the black

frame. Apply the glue outward so it extends past the lip of the

frame. I call this the snow cone effect. Glue it in 5 spots. One in

the middle and 4 in the middle corners. Don't get too close to the

frames edge, as it will ooze out of the frame, making a mess. So

use small dabs of the adhesive 3/8" inch wide by 1/2" outwards.

Once you have adhered the mirror to the plate, get some easily

removable tape, like masking tape, and tape the mirror around the

mirror housing so that the mirror will not slide off the frame.

This will also allow you to drive without the mirror falling out.

Keep the tape on for 24 hours for cold climates and 5 hours in warm

until the glue dries. Then remove the tape and your are done. This

project is easy, and can be performed on many cars, trucks, and

vans, not just the Chevy Astro

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