Join Date: May 2005
Location: Wild & Exotic New Jersey
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Honestly, I'd have preferred to just switch to a standard 2-prism, more practical and much cheaper; autodimming does have its advantages, though, in heavily trafficked areas like US1 in the Princeton-Trenton region, near me. However, the techs at the dealership said the mountings are completely different, and a changeover would require a whole new windshield, so I had to bite it and cough up the 300 bucks to import a new autodimmer from the UK.
As for the tugging trick, that one actually came from musical instrument repair, if you'd believe it. My dad was a high school music teacher for 38 years, and he's had plenty of experience using this trick to loosen stuck tuning slides on brass instruments. He suggested we try it, since most of the dealerships were a bit leery about trying the tapping method, due to the glass cracking risk. We gave it a shot, and it worked.
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