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PostSubject: Sloppy mirror   Tue May 12, 2009 9:47 pm

Anyone have any ideas on how to tighten the ball and socket on an outside mirror? It isn't terrible but tends to slip after a while on the road. I'd like to keep it since it's original for the car.
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PostSubject: Re: Sloppy mirror   Thu May 14, 2009 2:52 am

I can't think of anything. If only you could shim it or somethin

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PostSubject: Re: Sloppy mirror   Thu May 14, 2009 8:54 pm

just shove some gum in there!!LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Sloppy mirror   Fri May 15, 2009 4:42 pm

hahahah, ya!
what works better, bazooka or juicy fruit?!
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PostSubject: Re: Sloppy mirror   Fri May 15, 2009 5:03 pm

haha Does your mirror have the screw in the back of the ball and socket? Is there any way to take it apart?

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PostSubject: Re: Sloppy mirror   Fri May 15, 2009 7:18 pm

Ya, with a 4lb Estwing!

No, no screw on the ball and socket.
I could break the glass maybe, then try to tighten it, then replace the glass.
But it aint worth it.
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PostSubject: Re: Sloppy mirror   Tue May 19, 2009 9:22 pm

Hmmmm, bubble gum is sort of like epoxy isn't it?
Adjusted the mirror to the correct spot and clear epoxy seems to be holding it in place.
You can't even see it. Cool!
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PostSubject: Re: Sloppy mirror   Wed May 20, 2009 7:44 pm

good idea!! isnt clear epoxy great, you should always have it on hand in the garage, you just never know!!
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PostSubject: Clear epoxy or even super glue...   Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:07 pm

I was about to suggest super glue, and then saw the reply that the clear epoxy seems to be working for you.

I recently purchased an extra mirror that is really nice but has the same problem, and while Googling for a solution I came across a Corvette forum that suggested super glue for fixing a loose ball & socket on an interior rear-view mirror. I tried it on mine and it seemed to work pretty well, though I haven't had the chance to install it on a driving car yet to see if it holds on the road. One problem was that it's hard to build up... trying to apply a second layer just seems to dissolve the previous layer, but it worked okay as I applied the glue and worked the mirror around the ball until it dried, so as to form a thickening layer to tighten the joint without actually sticking the mirror in one position. Next time I might try the epoxy, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Sloppy mirror   Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:00 pm

I would go with the epoxy. Epoxy hardens all the way through when the 2 components are mixed, but superglue hardens by means of a reaction with moisture from the air. This means the hardening continues until the glu finally cracks - the more moisture the faster this happens, which is the reason that it is always a temporary solution. Epoxy is more or less forever in my experience - and it is stronger.
If you find the mixed epoxy to thick, just heat it a little, and it flows like water - but remember it also significantly affects the hardening time.
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