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#1 24-08-15 10:50:03

Zipper
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Loose centre RV mirror

My Lancer is getting long in the tooth (like me) and the centre mirror has loosened over the years.
It holds firmly enough to stay put after adjusting, but using the day/night lever moves it out of adjustment.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what I could put on the mirror's plastic ball & socket joint to stiffen it up a bit?

( No NOT super glue. )
( And for the speed readers, I'm asking how to make the mirror stickier, not where to stick my mirror lol )


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#2 24-08-15 11:13:21

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Re: Loose centre RV mirror

Hi
Assuming you can get the ball out of the socket try Blue tack, I have used it on the auxiliary mirrors we use when instruction.
It doesn't need a lot and it takes up the extra clearance which has worn in to the ball and socket as well as having a "drag effect" initially.
Some manufacturers do White tack, it does the same job.

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#3 24-08-15 17:41:28

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Re: Loose centre RV mirror

I was going to suggest 'plumbers mate' jointing compound for sealing joints on pipes and fittings. It is non setting and putty like, a bit like blue tac in texture but softer and stickier...... Ive just managed to get some on the ensuite carpet and its difficult to get off!


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#4 24-08-15 18:07:23

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Re: Loose centre RV mirror

Hi Rob
Bearing in mind that Zipper is only 860 miles from the equator it is possible that the heat from the sun behind the screen.would keep plumbers mate too soft, it might even run.
Blue tack does harden here but it doesn't glue the socket to the ball  it just seems to adhere only to the surface of the socket.

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#5 25-08-15 08:18:57

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Re: Loose centre RV mirror

Hi Pegasus

Either may be worth a try. Plumbers mate can be used on pipes that have very hot water in them so heat shouldn't be a problem, though to be honest I would probably be looking at a complete new mirror. Its always being adjusted in a driving school car and needs to be right.


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#6 25-08-15 10:02:04

Zipper
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Re: Loose centre RV mirror

Thanks for the advice everyone, I appreciate it.

I'm reluctant to remove the mirror at the ball joint in case I break something.
I'm also reluctant to replace it because of the cost as I'm recovering from 3 months off work.
And I'm reluctant to prise the mirror from the glass, I'm worried about breaking the windscreen.

Think I'll try plumber's mate (or equivalent, not sure if it's available here, but the friendly local Home Handyman Centre guys might help me).
Or, I can put up with a loose mirror because all this worry will shorten my life span  roll

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#7 28-08-15 21:32:34

johnp
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Re: Loose centre RV mirror

Don't you have a scrappy nearby?

It would not have to be identical.


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