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Cadillac Seville / Cadillac Eldorado Forum Discussion, Rear view mirror on 99 STS fell off in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Need some input ................. I have given my son my '99 STS to drive while going to university. A couple ...
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    Rear view mirror on 99 STS fell off

    Need some input ................. I have given my son my '99 STS to drive while going to university. A couple of days ago I went to drive it ( I miss it a lot!) and while trying to adjust the rear-view mirror it became dis-attached from the base on the windshield and was only hanging by the embedded wired dimmer plug. It looked like it was only attached by some sort of adhesive (metal to metal) so I decided to use crazy-glue to re-attach. 4 days later and it is still attached but my son is afraid to adjust the mirror in case it comes loose again and I have concerns that it will fall while he is driving.

    Anyone have this happen to them? If so, what did you use to reattach? Do you think crazy-glue is as good a fix as any?

    Roy

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    Re: Rear view mirror on 99 STS fell off

    Crazy Glue is NOT the fix. You need to remove the mirror, clean all glue residue off the glass and mirror base and use a dedicated windshield mirror mounting kit from any parts store............ It's a cyanoacrylate glue, sort of like CrazyGlue, but it isn't the same.

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    Re: Rear view mirror on 99 STS fell off

    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner409 View Post
    Crazy Glue is NOT the fix. You need to remove the mirror, clean all glue residue off the glass and mirror base and use a dedicated windshield mirror mounting kit from any parts store............ It's a cyanoacrylate glue, sort of like CrazyGlue, but it isn't the same.
    That was quick Sub (as usual). Thanks!

    I don't think I explained myself well. Nothing became dis-attached from the windshield itself. The black base is still firmly attached to the windshield. The mirror portion became dis-attached from the base. The two contact areas are metal (approx. 1" X 1/2") and were held together with some sort of glue.

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    Re: Rear view mirror on 99 STS fell off

    I'm not 100% sure how the '99 is attached to the base, but it is a mechanical attachment (set screw, dovetail with a clip or something like that). You need to look closely at it, unless of coarse it is physically broken, then you need a new mirror.

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    Re: Rear view mirror on 99 STS fell off

    Yeah, that ^^^

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    The mirror base slides into the metal " puck" glued to the windshield, then gets secured with a set screw. If any other part of the mirror is separated, it needs to be replaced.

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    Re: Rear view mirror on 99 STS fell off

    From FSM - note no mention of tightening anything.

    Document ID# 307598
    1999 Cadillac Seville

    Rearview Mirror Replacement With DD8 and DC4
    Removal Procedure
    Notice
    Do not use tools or other objects to pry the mirror mount or the mirror away from the windshield. Using tools may damage the mirror mount, the mirror or the windshield.

     
    Disconnect the electrical connector from the mirror. Adjust the mirror to the full down position. Using both hands, grasp both sides of the mirror at the top.
    Remove the mirror assembly from the button by rotating the mirror in a downward-rearward motion.
    Installation Procedure
    Install the center bottom of the mirror mount against the windshield at the top of the button.
    Slide the mount onto the button. Keep the mount parallel to the windshield.
    As the mount begins to grip the button, apply a force against the button. Maintain a downward force until the mount snaps onto the button with an audible click. This operation requires at least 20 pounds of force.
    Ensure that the mirror is securely attached to the button by adjusting the mirror in a normal up/down and a side to side range.
    Connect the electrical connector.
    Move the sensitivity switch lever to the MAX position. Turn the vehicle ignition OFF.
    In low ambient light, the OFF/M/C/M letters should be illuminated. If the letters are not lit, inspect the connectors and/or the wiring.
    For electrochromatic mirrors, test the mirror by simulating glare. Perform the following steps:
    Cover the forward facing sensor, located on the right side of the mirror back, using a black cloth.
    Hold the cloth over the sensor until the glass starts to darken to the non-reflective stage.
    Remove the cloth. The mirror returns to the clear reflective stage.
    Repeat the previous 3 steps several times in order to ensure that the mirror operates correctly.

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    Re: Rear view mirror on 99 STS fell off

    Thanks to all for your input. I think I need a new mirror.

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    Re: Rear view mirror on 99 STS fell off

    Hit up a junk yard or ebay. Those mirrors are plentiful and cheap

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