Get the Right Sun Visor Mount Kit for Your Car
Your car's sun visor has housed so many accessories over the years that you probably use it more for holding stuff rather than blocking out the sun while you drive. Nowadays, these visors can hold anything from vanity mirrors and makeup kits to LCD screens and DVD players. The added weight of these accessories can certainly put a toll on the sun visor's mount, and it could break or snap off entirely. Even if you just have an old-fashioned sun visor, you might have to change the mount kit as it could have rusted up over time, or simply gottenget bent up due to daily use.
Check the number of mounting holes on your sun visor mount
One of the first things that you'll need to check before you buy a replacement sun visor mount kit would be the number of mounting holes in your old sun visor mount. Once you remove your old mount, you'll see that there are only a couple of holes where you could place bolts or screws. Should you need a mount that has more mounting holes than the ones on your car, then you might have to drill an extra hole or two, which isn't always possible given the limited amount of space. To make sure that you get the right one for your vehicle, then we recommend that you stick to an OEM replacement that's specifically made for your ride's make and model.
Choosing between metal or plastic mount kits
Although most sun visor mount kits are made from metal, you might encounter some plastic mount kits in the market today. These kits may be cheaper, but if you have some heavy accessories on your sun visor, then they might not last very long. We recommend that you go for a mount kit made from metal since it will generally last longer compared to a plastic one. Prices typically range from as low as $50 to as high as $200. Most kits come in pairs, one for the driver's side and another for the passenger side, and should have all the necessary hardware to install them properly on your vehicle.
Setting Up Your Sun Visor Mount Kit
There are times that even your best sunglasses can't shade your eyes well enough from glaring sunlight. To give your eyes better protection, you'll swing out your trusty sun visor. Unfortunately, these accessories could wear out after a couple of years and will need to be replaced ASAP. With a compatible sun visor mount kit, you'll be able to replace this accessory on your own. You'll just need a couple of basic tools and maybe an hour of your time to finish this simple DIY project.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need
- Trim tool
- Sun visor mount kit
Removing an existing sun visor mount
Step 1: Begin by unhooking the sun visor from the latch on top of your windshield. Simply grab the visor from the top and pull to remove it from its hook.
Step 2: Most sun visor mounts are covered by a plastic cover. You can pop this off using a small flat-head screwdriver or with a trim tool. Be careful that you do not damage the plastic cover.
Step 3: Once you have removed the cover you should see a couple of screws that hold the visor in place. Remove these screws so you could take out your sun visor mount.
Step 4: You may need to use a flat-head screwdriver or trim tool to pop the sun visor mount from its place. If you have a lighted sun visor, simply disconnect the wire connected to it before you remove the entire visor mount.
Installing a sun visor mount
Step 1: Attach the small arm from the kit on to the base of the visor mount. Depending on the kit that you have, you may simply have to snap it on or mount it using a couple of screws.
Step 2: Find the holes on top of your windshield where the screws of the sun visor mount go through. You might need to have someone help you out by holding the sun visor mount while you screw it in place.
Step 3: If you are installing a lighted sun visor, then make sure that you connect the attached wire before mounting it into place.
Step 4: Some kits will have a plastic cover that covers the screws of the mount. Most of these will simply need to be snapped on.
Step 5: Once you're finished mounting your kit, then you'll need to open and close the visor a couple of times to make sure that it's attached securely.