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96 PAU Rearview Mirror 'hangar' disassembly

85ltdt

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My 96 PAU rearview mirror was wobbling so I decided to mess with it a bit and it fell off. Now I can't seem to figure out how to disassemble the mirror from the mount. It has a couple tangs that seem like they should depress and then allow the mount to be slid out but not the way it works. Is it like a FOMOCO radio that requires a special tool to be inserted to depress the tangs? Anyone have experience removing it? Too much engineering for a mirror mount IMO. "Made to be built, not repaired!"mirror.jpg
 

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Check for a allen head, opposite side from your photo, which will release the metal window hold.
 

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No allen screw or screw of any kind, service manual says 20lbs of downward force to install until a 'click' is heard but makes no mention of how to remove the button. Thanks though.

And after finding the section that deals with the mirror in the svc manual, I accidentally implemented the removal procedure from the windshield. "Necessity the mother of...invention"
 

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My error, yes it's the "spring clip" which for some reason is on the PA. My 95 and 07 have a allen head set screw like most GM's.
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GOT IT! Woke up at 1230 and what else could I do but surf and find different videos on the process others used. In my case, a butter knife, screwdriver, AND 3rd hand (or similar) are all that were needed!

Slide butter knife into 'tang' edge
hold mirror down and pry slightly on knife so button lifts from clip. Not much.
using 3rd hand and flat tip screwdriver, pry from the opposite side forcing the button towards the butter knife

The initial issue I had with the mirror is that it was very loose and bounced when driving. I thought there should be an adjustment screw but I thought wrong. It turns out that the metal tang/clip has two rivet fittings that have worn and allow the tang to vibrate. I'm going to try some 3M adhesive and reattach in the morning.

HTH

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