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How to remove rearview mirror?

Hey guys. I want to install a "dash cam" in my car.

I've noticed my rearview mirror is powered (to automatically dim, and to show the direction I'm driving). Since the "dash cam" will be installed directly behind the rearview mirror, I would like to tap into the rearview mirror to power the "dash cam".

So, I've looked at the back of the mirror, and there are three wires installed into a terminal block -- this is NOT a connector. I'm guessing the top of the connector block has some small screws to unhook the wires -- but I can't get to them...

So, I need to remove the mirror from the windshield. Any ideas how I can do this without breaking something?

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I haven't looked at the Mustang mirror. There is usually a set screw to loosen then slide it off the bracket glued to the windshield

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Can you post a picture of your dash cam? I am trying to imagine what it is going to end up looking like when it is installed. I would like to do the same thing. thanks!
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Can you post a picture of your dash cam? I am trying to imagine what it is going to end up looking like when it is installed. I would like to do the same thing. thanks!
I haven't actually ordered the dash cam yet, because I want to probe the three wires with a digital multi meter to see what the voltage is...

My geuss is that one wire is ground, one wire is +12 constant, and one wire is +12 keyed with the ignition -- but I don't really know.

The dash cam that I like uses a +5 volt power source, so I will need to use a small voltage regulator to convert the +12 volts down to +5 volts. I fly Remote Control aircraft, and have a "Battery Eliminator Circuit" that will work perfectly for this.

In any event, here's the dash cam that I like best, so far. THE VIDEO DASH CAM STORE - Buy VC-127HD Now

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Ugh -- that seems scary and not worth the trouble!!!

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It was totally worth it for the homelink/ temp. It is wired just like you said. The homelink is constant in my set up for th garage doors, the temp/compass is on the ignition. With The correct tool for the mirror it is cheap and easy.

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