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Old 07-07-2011, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Bright lights Baked Ziti
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I need to remove my EZ Pass from my windshield and I was thinking of using a wallpaper scraper or paint scraper but I'm a bit worried in making a big scratch in the windshield. I've never had to take one out before, does it just come off if you pull it, cause it looks like it's on there really tight.

Anyone have a better way in taking out the EZ pass without making major scratches on the windshield?
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:13 PM
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Most EZ Passes are mounted using a plastic velcro. One side is tape and sticks to the windshield with velcro fasteners pointing out. The EZ Pass has two strips of fasteners on it that click into the ones on the windshield.

The EZ Pass should be able to pop off real easy with a little tug. After that you are left with the two sticky sided velcro strips. If it's a hot day, you can pick at a corner and they should come off pretty easy. If not, use a straight edge razor and slide it under one edge and you should be able to peal it off. After that is there is residue on the windshield, use some goo-b-gone to get the gunk off and then clean the windshield.

If your EZ Pass is straight up glued to the windshield then you are going to need to use some kind of solvent or heat the glue so you can get a straight razor under there and pop it off. Finish up with the goo-b-gone and you're good to go.

These are what the mounting strips are supposed to be:


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Old 07-07-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Bright lights Baked Ziti
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Most EZ Passes are mounted using a plastic velcro. One side is tape and sticks to the windshield with velcro fasteners pointing out. The EZ Pass has two strips of fasteners on it that click into the ones on the windshield.

The EZ Pass should be able to pop off real easy with a little tug. After that you are left with the two sticky sided velcro strips. If it's a hot day, you can pick at a corner and they should come off pretty easy. If not, use a straight edge razor and slide it under one edge and you should be able to peal it off. After that is there is residue on the windshield, use some goo-b-gone to get the gunk off and then clean the windshield.

If your EZ Pass is straight up glued to the windshield then you are going to need to use some kind of solvent or heat the glue so you can get a straight razor under there and pop it off. Finish up with the goo-b-gone and you're good to go.

These are what the mounting strips are supposed to be:

Thanks NJGOAT, ya it looks like it's glue.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:41 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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use a hair dryer to soften the glue and use a putty knife to remove it.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Bright lights Baked Ziti
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use a hair dryer to soften the glue and use a putty knife to remove it.
Good idea on the hair dryer
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:36 PM
 
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Carburetor cleaner sprayed on a rag and then the rag on the windshield also gets the adhesive off.
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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Unless you're using sand paper or hydrofluoric acid you won't damage the glass.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:36 PM
 
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Glass is a good bit harder than steel. Clean the area well so no grit like sand can be there and scrap away. What commonly scratchs glass on wiper blades is sand caught on the wipers.
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:18 PM
 
Location: AZ
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Pull it. Every one I have seen uses locking tape which is adhered to the windshield and the I-Pass/EZ Pass. I'm sure people have gotten inventive after switching cars, even though you can get replacement tape pretty easily.

Who put it on in the first place? I can't imagine that it's glued; I don't know how you would dump enough glue behind it to adhere it to the windshield in the first place, at least without leaving behind a mess.

If you want to remove the tape also, just peel it off by hand or use a credit card to dig under it so that you can pull it off. You can remove the adhesive with rubbing alcohol or the orange smelling gum remover, but keep it away from other surfaces.

I'm eager to hear if it's actually glued to the windshield... that would be a new one for me.
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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One little tip once you get it off: When I got my new Prius I found that I could leave my EZ Pass in the glove compartment and it still reads it. No need to stick it on the windshield at all.
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