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4 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Sun Visor

The sun visor is positioned on the inside of the vehicle, just beyond the windshield. The visor is a hinged flap that is adjustable. The flap can be moved up, down, or sideways once it is unhooked from one of the hinges.

Benefits of a Sun Visor

The sun visor is designed to keep the sun out of the driver’s and passenger’s eyes. Sun visors now come standard on most vehicles. They were introduced in 1924 on the Ford Model T.

Potential Problems With a Sun Visor

Some people have had problems with the sun visor falling out of place. If this is the case, one or both of the hinges may have gone bad and need to be replaced. Another cause of this problem is that too many things are attached to the sun visor. These could be a wallet, garage door opener, mail, or other things that can weigh the sun visor down. If this is the case, remove the heavy items and see if it fixes the problem. Some visors have mirrors and lights inside of them which can stop working after a period of time. If the lights stop working, a mechanic should look at the vehicle as this may be an electrical issue.

Parts of a Sun Visor

The main part of the sun visor is the flap, this is what blocks the sun from getting in the eyes of those in the vehicle. The flap is held on by hinges, which are attached to the roof of the car. Some sun visors come with mirrors and lights inside of them. Other sun visors have extenders attached to them to further block sun from your eyes.

Replacing a Sun Visor

If your sun visor has electrical components, it is best to take it to a mechanic. If it does not, find the mounting brackets on the sun visor and remove them. Pull out the old sun visor, including the mountain brackets. From there, put the new sun visor over the mounting brackets and screw the new ones in.

Sun visors are designed to help keep the sun out of the driver’s and passenger’s eyes while going down the road. While they do have potential problems, these are rare and can be remedied with a few troubleshooting tips.


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