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How Can I Fix My Rear View Mirror Ball Joint?

A lot of family members are in and out of my car each day, so it’s no surprise that my rearview mirror’s ball joint is getting loose. Is there a way to fix my rearview mirror’s ball joint at home?

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Katherine Duffy · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I’m sorry to hear you’re having issues with your rearview mirror! You can fix your rearview mirror’s loose ball joint by tightening its screws underneath or behind the mirror.
All you’ll need is a good screwdriver set to get started. Here are three different ways to fix your rearview mirror’s ball joint depending on where your mirror’s screw is.
  • Have a look underneath your mirror, close to where the mirror’s flip tab is to look for a screw. If you find this screw, tighten it up to tighten the ball joint and make your mirror stay in place.
  • Some cars have a ball joint connection inside the roof that you’ll need to access to tighten it. Refer to your owner’s manual to figure out how to remove the plastic covering at the base of your rearview mirror. Then, find the base of the mirror and tighten the adjustment screw. This should tighten the ball joint connection.
  • Can’t find a screw underneath your mirror or behind the plastic covering? Your car may have a screw on the mirror that needs tightening to fix the mirror’s ball joint. You should refer to the owner’s manual to locate the tightening screw before looking for it yourself.
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