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Rearview mirror removal

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Be sure to use some protective material on the mirror base. Set the pliers with the protecting parts to the windshield to the diameter of the mirror base and secure to the mirror base. Turn the rearview mirror through 90 degrees at the mirror base using the pliers.

Then, unclip the base of the interior rearview mirror from the retainer plate on the windshield. When you reinstall the mirror be careful not to go beyond the 90 degrees locking point.

If you remove the mirror base from the windshield you will need a special cleaning/glue kit from Porsche to reinstall it.


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Recently ran into this issue as my mirror fell off. (Thankfully it didn't break.) For those to whom this happens, the method above will not quite work. If your mirror falls off (with the base attached), clean the residual glue off and identify the metal circular base, which extends about a .25 to .125 from the base.


For tools, I used a crescent (vice) wrench like the one above pictured. I also used channel locks, a microfiber towel, and (importantly) gloves. Last thing you want is the tool to shear off and bang your hand up.


Attach the crescent wrench to the metal base. Wrap the microfiber towel around the mirror base housing and get the channel locks affixed. Twist the metal base COUNTERCLOCKWISE 90*. This will unlock the metal base from the mirror base housing. Acquire some glue (I used the 3M high bond adhesive), clean the working surfaces and reattach. Done. 

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