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Filed under Mirror Glass, Muth Signal Mirrors, Tips & Tutorials

Safety should be your first priority any time you get behind the wheel, but let’s be honest… Even though safety may be your first priority, you can’t control the other guy.

Muth signal mirrors can help prevent lane-changing and merging accidents

Muth signal mirrors can help prevent lane-changing and merging accidents

Thankfully, Muth Mirror Systems has introduced an innovative accessory for vehicles that helps drivers to ensure the safety of their family. Muth signal mirrors use high intensity lights to change ordinary exterior rearview mirrors into safety features that command attention.

When a turn signal is activated, a flashing chevron appears in the corresponding side mirror to alert drivers in the blind spot. However, the mirrors appear as regular sideview mirrors when the turn signals are not activated.

Many accidents are caused by lane-changing, freeway merging or front-to-rear pileups. Muth signal mirrors are at the eye level of adjacent vehicles and are more noticeable than conventional tail lights. With the increased popularity of trucks, SUVs and mini-vans and the use of those vehicles for towing, the signal from a side mirror may be the only indication drivers a few car lengths back have of the intentions of the vehicle ahead. Tail lights may be hidden by these taller vehicles or by what is being towed.

Muth signal mirrors are available as retrofit package kits

Muth signal mirrors are available as retrofit package kits.

The LED display used in Muth signal mirrors lights up faster than regular incandescent lamps in tail lights. This accounts for a difference of 17 feet at 65 m.p.h. By alerting drivers in the blind spot of the vehicle equipped with Muth Signal® mirrors, those drivers have additional reaction time to avoid a collision.

Unlike the adjacent drivers who see a highly visible lighted display, the driver of the vehicle equipped with Muth signal mirrors sees a subtle tell-tale display. This reminds the driver the Muth signal mirrors is activated.

Muth signal mirrors are currently included on select new vehicles and are now available as retrofit package kits for Suburbans, Tahoes, Yukons, Chevrolet and GMC full-size trucks, Ford F-150 and F-250 trucks, Expeditions and Econoline vans as well as many other vehicles.

If you have any questions, as always we value your feedback, you can contact us via e-mail from the “Contact” link at the top of the page, or if you prefer to call us we are here to answer your questions Monday through Friday 9 AM/CST – 5 PM/CST toll free at 1-888-482-2279!

Comments (4) Posted by Bill H. on Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Filed under Mirror Glass, Money Saving Tips, Tips & Tutorials, Universal Heat Grids

Windshield defrosters have been around for almost as long insides of automobiles have been heated. Rear window defrosters have been around for decades. Eventually, someone thought it would be nice to attach heated mirrors to cars.

Eventually, someone thought it would be nice to attach heated mirrors to cars

Eventually, someone thought it would be nice to attach heated mirrors to cars.

Most heated mirrors attach to the electric elements that control a car’s rear defroster. When the rear defroster is turned on, the heating elements in the mirrors should be active. Keeping ice and fog off side view mirrors allows a driver to more easily see vehicles and other dangers behind him when weather conditions are inclement, simply by applying a small amount of heat to the glass surface of the side mirrors. Electrical elements in the mirrors heat the surface of the glass. The heat evaporates moisture on the surface and melts any ice that has built up. Unfortunately heated mirrors occasionally will heat unevenly or worse yet… Not at all.

Replacing the entire mirror head assembly will definitely fix this problem, however that can be quite costly. Why replace the entire mirror, if the mirror is not the problem? It is most likely that the heating element behind the glass surface has gone bad, so why not simply replace that?

Burco Redi Heat Universal Heat Grids are available in three sizes to accomodate any need.

Burco Redi Heat Universal Heat Grids are available in three sizes to accomodate any need.

Well, thanks to our Burco Redi Heat Universal Heat Grids… You can!

And best of all it’s going to cost a fraction of what the dealer would charge to replace the entire mirror head assembly! Burco Redi Heat Universal Heat Grids are available in three sizes to accomodate any need:

The Small Burco Redi Heat Universal Sideview Mirror Glass Heat Grid measures 5 7/8″ by 3 3/16″.

The Medium Burco Redi Heat Universal Sideview Mirror Glass Heat Grid measures 6 7/16″ by 4 3/4″.

The Large Burco Redi Heat Universal Sideview Mirror Glass Heat Grid measures 12 7/8″ by 5 1/16″.

If you have any questions, as always I value your feedback, you can contact me via the “Contact Us” link to the right, or if you prefer to call me directly I am here to answer your questions Monday through Friday 9 AM/CST – 5 PM/CST toll free at 1-888-482-2279!

Comments (48) Posted by Bill H. on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Filed under Mirror Glass, Tips & Tutorials

One of the questions I get asked quite often is…

“How do I remove the broken mirror glass from my sideview mirror?”

It’s a good question, especially if you’ve never done it before, and don’t quite know what to expect.  But trust me it’s not that difficult as long as you follow these simple guidelines… 

First make sure you have the right tool for the job.  You’re going to need something long and flat like a wide flat head screw driver, putty knife or a scraper. 

You're going to need something long and flat like a wide flat head screw driver, putty knife or a scraper.

You're going to need something long and flat like a wide flat head screw driver, putty knife or a scraper.

Next, the broken mirror glass is much easier to remove if you loosen the adhesive first.  This can be done quite easily by applying a little heat.  If you have a propane torch you can use that, however a heat gun or hairdryer will also work nicely. 

If you have a propane torch you can use that, however a heat gun or hairdryer will also work nicely.

If you have a propane torch you can use that, however a heat gun or hairdryer will also work nicely.

Make sure to put on the appropriate protetctive eyewear and gloves and start heating the mirror slowly, you’ll notice the adhesive behind the mirror will loosen.  Slide the screwdriver, putty knife, or the scraper under the mirror and pull all the broken pieces from the backing plate.  Once all of the broken glass is removed from the side view mirror backing plate you’re going to want to clean the backing plate thoroughly with some isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol before installing the new replacement sideview mirror glass.  You’re now ready to apply the new replacement sideview mirror glass!

And that’s that! Couldn’t be easier right???

If you have any questions, as always I value your feedback, you can contact me via the “Contact Us” link to the right, or if you prefer to call me directly I am here to answer your questions Monday through Friday 9 AM/CST – 5 PM/CST toll free at 1-888-482-2279!

Comments (11) Posted by Bill H. on Monday, January 10th, 2011

Filed under Mirror Glass, Money Saving Tips, Tips & Tutorials

Today I want to share with you the fastest, easiest and most economical way to replace your broken driver side mirror glass or broken passenger side mirror glass, and best of all, you can replace it yourself, rather than having the dealership replace the entire mirror head assembly…  Im’ talking about Burco Fit Over Replacement Automotive Mirror Glass of course!

Below I have listed the steps along with a simple diagram for replacing a broken side mirror with a one of our Burco Fit Over Replacement Automotive Mirror Glasses

Burco® Fit Over Replacement Automotive Mirror Glass

Burco® Fit Over Replacement Automotive Mirror Glass

The mirror glass is encased or bonded to the inner backing plate which is mounted inside the mirror head.  The broken mirror is to remain in the backing plate, but loose pieces should be removed.

  1. Dry fit (test fit) Burco Fit Over replacement mirror glass in opening to check proper fit. 
  2. Carefully clean broken mirror surface with Burco Window Glo or other urethane-safe glass cleaner. 
  3. Apply Burco Redi Stick adhesive patches to the back of the replacement mirror and place over the existing broken mirror.  If using a silicone or urethane apply directly to broken mirror surface and clamp assembly until cured. 
  4. Clean the installed Burco Fit Over replacement mirror glass with Burco Window Glo or other urethane-safe glass cleaner. 
  5. NOTE: For electrochromic mirror fit-over replacements, the self-dimming feature of the original mirror is eliminated, but its heat feature remains functional. 

And that’s that! Couldn’t be easier right???

If you have any questions, as always I value your feedback, you can contact me via the “Contact Us” link to the right, or if you prefer to call me directly I am here to answer your questions Monday through Friday 9 AM/CST – 5 PM/CST toll free at 1-888-482-2279!

Comments (0) Posted by Bill H. on Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Filed under Mirror Glass, Money Saving Tips, Tips & Tutorials

In the last several posts we’ve been talking about just how fast, easy and economical it is to replace your broken driver side mirror glass or broken passenger side mirror glass yourself, rather than having the dealership replace the entire mirror head assembly.

We went through the steps and realized that replacing your broken side mirror is a truly worthwhile project, and anything but intimidating, difficult or time consuming…  But once again, I know what you’re thinking…  You’re thinking, “Sure it’s easy to replace a non-heated, non-signal glass, but my mirrors are heated with a turn signal. There’s electrical components and a heat grid involved! That’s got to be harder… Right?”

Well guess what???

Replacing a broken heated signal mirror with one of our Burco Redi Heat mirrors is actually easier than you think!

You still don’t believe me???

 Below I have listed the steps along with a simple diagram for replacing a broken heated side mirror with a one of our Burco Redi Heat mirrors.

Step by Step instructions for replacing a broken side mirror with a one of our Burco® Redi Heat mirrors.

Step by Step instructions for replacing a broken side mirror with a one of our Burco® Redi Heat mirrors.

Burco Redi Set Go mirror glass comes complete with a motor mount affixed directly to the mirror for easy installation. 

  1. Remove all existing glass from the mirror head’s plastic inner platform (backing plate). Disconnect old terminal leads from old heating element.
  2. Clean backing plate with rubbing alcohol. Clean back of replacement mirror with Burco Window Glo or other glass cleaner.
  3. Apply the Burco Redi Stick adhesive patches to the replacement auto mirror glass back or to the backing plate itself.
  4. Reconnect mirror head’s terminal leads to the Burco Redi Heat mirrors leads.
  5. Align and press replacement auto mirror glass to the backing plate.
  6. Clean the installed Burco Redi Cuts mirror with Burco Window Glo or other urethane-safe glass cleaner. 

And that’s that! Couldn’t be easier right?

If you have any questions, as always I value your feedback, you can contact me via the “Contact Us” link to the right, or if you prefer to call me directly I am here to answer your questions Monday through Friday 9 AM/CST – 5 PM/CST toll free at 1-888-482-2279!

Comments (5) Posted by Bill H. on Thursday, January 6th, 2011