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Rearview Mirror Failure

Have you ever had your rearview mirror fail and start dripping a strange black liquid all over your dashboard? And at the same time turn a fabulous mirror into a twinkle of its former reflection? I didn’t think so.

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

6 replies on “Rearview Mirror Failure”

No, but a long time ago I had a Pontiac Sunbird that so much exposure to the Texas sun over the years that the plastic around the dashboard and the door pillars had baked to a crispiness that one could punch through with a finger. The rubber seals around the windows turned to a nice soft goo as well.

Had I owned that car much longer, I’m sure the rearview would’ve done as you describe.

Nothin like the Phoenix Summer to shave years off the lifetime of your vehicle…It gets up to 140 degrees in your car (or so they say…certainly feels like it. I keep a pair of oven mits in the glove box so I can hold the steering wheel until the AC cools it down enough).

Yes — just last week I went out in the morning to go to work and as I was backing out of the garage I noticed a rectangle about 1″ x 2″ of missing tint on my rear view mirror. I thought, “That’s weird. It wasn’t like that yesterday.” When I went out to my car at lunchtime, the spot was gone, but entire mirror was missing tint (and the reflection wasn’t all that great). I did the natural thing and looked down. On the console that houses the gearshift, there were small drips. When I touched them, they were gooey. I smeared a couple of them. I thought, “Now THAT’s weird!” When I got home, I took Goof Off to the silver frame of the gearshift. Much to my horror, the goo spots had started to eat through the silver frame. Where I had smeared it, it took the finish right off. What I’m left with is a pitted silver frame that cannot be replaced without replacing the entire console, which is over $300. When I took it to the Acura dealer, they weren’t too surprised. He nodded and said, “It’s acid.” Guess I’ll just have to live with it.

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