Loose sun visor swivel

Loose sun visor swivel

Postby slim724 [OP] » September 13th 2010, 5:27am

Is there a way to tighten the swivel of the sun visor? I've tried tightening the 3 screws on the plastic swivel base to no effect. The first 1/4 turn is adequate, then it gets pretty loose after that, it's smacked me in the head on occasion and on some right turns it swings out the drivers side window, I've lost my garage door opener more than once. Fixing this small annoyance would be a huge pleasure to me
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Re: Loose sun visor swivel

Postby Munken » September 13th 2010, 7:24pm

If you unscrew the three screws and take down the sun visor, I think there is a screw that tighten a spring. And that spring tighten the sun visor.

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Re: Loose sun visor swivel

Postby slim724 [OP] » September 14th 2010, 5:40am

Well, there is no adjusting screw on my visor that I could find, just a washer as the base, then the spring around the shaft, and the end of the shaft is flanged to retain the spring, I don't see any way to adjust anything. Maybe if I cut off the end of the shaft and re-flange it lower but I don't think the spring would compress enough, I think you would have to change the spring, which would be really tough to match to the application. Looks like I'll be looking for a new visor next time I'm at the JY
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Re: Loose sun visor swivel

Postby Munken » September 14th 2010, 4:07pm

You're right, there were no screw. I probably mixed it up with another car model. It looks like this in my Astro 89 LT.
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Re: Loose sun visor swivel

Postby RECox286 » September 14th 2010, 4:33pm

Your best bet for your visor is to replace with a good used assy from the JY. Cheap and easy.

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Re: Loose sun visor swivel

Postby slim724 [OP] » September 14th 2010, 5:38pm

I was thinking of maybe compressing the spring a bit, and drilling through the shaft, and using a small cotter type pin to retain the spring lower, since good sunvisors at the JY are real hard to come by around here
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Re: Loose sun visor swivel

Postby 94 Van Guy » September 14th 2010, 6:20pm

Maybe you could use a coat hanger and start where there is enough room and with some pliers, coax the wire between the spring and the flange. If not you could try some solid copper wire # 12 or 14 Gage. It may bend and conform better but would wear quicker.

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Re: Loose sun visor swivel

Postby Munken » September 14th 2010, 6:29pm

Or just take a hammer and hit the flange so it go down deeper.

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Re: Loose sun visor swivel

Postby slim724 [OP] » September 14th 2010, 9:33pm

Coat hanger trick might work, thought about hammering it, but it would be hard not to damage the painted shaft at the first bend. I'll update after I figure out what to do
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Re: Loose sun visor swivel

Postby icebrrg3rd » September 15th 2010, 5:52pm

How about take a washer, notch it so it can slip on past the shaft (look like a letter "C"), wedge it under the existing washer, then slightly crush it so it wont slip back off (make the opening of the "C" smaller, closer together). That'd compress the spring more and maybe give it more holding strength so it won't swing wildly around.

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Re: Loose sun visor swivel

Postby slim724 [OP] » September 15th 2010, 9:44pm

icebrrg3rd wrote:How about take a washer, notch it so it can slip on past the shaft (look like a letter "C"), wedge it under the existing washer, then slightly crush it so it wont slip back off (make the opening of the "C" smaller, closer together). That'd compress the spring more and maybe give it more holding strength so it won't swing wildly around.

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That was my first thought on a fix but I think the width of the shaft is too close in size to the diameter of the washer so there would be too big a notch be very effective, I'll have a look again when I take it off
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Re: Loose sun visor swivel

Postby slim724 [OP] » January 24th 2011, 12:51am

94 Van Guy wrote:Maybe you could use a coat hanger and start where there is enough room and with some pliers, coax the wire between the spring and the flange. If not you could try some solid copper wire # 12 or 14 Gage. It may bend and conform better but would wear quicker.

Good luck with your repair

I thought I'd update, since I had the headliner down today, I finally got around to fixing this, Thanks 94vanguy, I took your advice and twisied a thick coathanger wire between the spring coils, visor is much better now
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Re: Loose sun visor swivel

Postby 94 Van Guy » January 24th 2011, 1:43am

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