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How To Repair A Car's Faulty Sun Visor

by Ellie Beck

If you've dealt with a faulty sun visor in a car, you know firsthand the dangers and annoyances of this issue. When the visor hangs low and won't move up, your view is obstructed, which can cause you to miss stoplights and more of your surroundings. Fortunately, there are a few easy fixes for this pesky problem.

Tightening Screws

Sometimes all you have to do is tighten the screws fastening the visor to the car's interior. A fixed mount is generally simple to repair. Simply tighten all the screws on the mount to the right. If the issue is where the visor snaps into place, consider replacing them or adding on rubber caps for improved thickness.

A swivel mount is a bit more complicated. Again, tighten the screws on the mount. Pay special attention to the screw that is smallest and closest to the visor's board. Turn it to the right and play with it to see how tight it should be so that the visor doesn't droop.  

Duct Tape/Velcro

Maybe your issue isn't drooping or loose screws. In some cases, your visor may completely be down rather than simply sagging. It could be that a chunk from the bar connecting the mount to the visor broke off.

Whatever the cause of the problem is, there's a solution to a non-functional visor. After pulling the visor out of its hook, cover the part of the bar that is closest to the board with either a one-inch strip of duct tape or Velcro. This will thicken the arm and the visor will be able to remain in place as you adjust it.

Note that using tape or Velcro will not work if you plan to use it to adhere the board directly to the ceiling. Even with superglue, Velcro can come undone, and even duct tape will not keep everything together. Plus, a sticky residue will remain.

Replacing Visor

Sometimes the visor is past repair and simply needs replacing. Consult a dealership or an online car parts site so you can find a replacement part. 

After you've ordered the new visor, remove the old one by unscrewing the screws, turning to the left. Next, pull out the new visor and turn the new screws in to the right. Test the new visor and tighten screws as needed.

While a flawed sun visor in a vehicle can be a huge nuisance, replacing it is not too bothersome. Follow these tips, and your problem will soon be a thing of the past. If you're looking for a used car dealership in your area, visit Big Sky Dodge Chrysler Ltd in Lethbridge.