How to Install Automobile Sun Shades

by William Zane

Automobile sun shades are simple devices that are installed in the interior of the car on the side of the windshield that faces the driver. The primary benefit of a sun shade is that it helps to keep the interior cooler when the vehicle is parked in the sun by blocking a portion of the sun’s rays. A secondary benefit of using a sun shade is that it prevents harmful rays from the sun from drying out and damaging the interior, which can be especially useful in preventing cracks on the steering wheel and the dash.

1

Open the sun shade in the car. Do not open it outside the vehicle and then try to put it in the interior. Most sun shades are fastened with a small loop that goes around a hook or simply with a Velcro fastener.

2

Slide the bottom edge of the sun shade onto the lower edge of the dash where the windshield meets the dash. Ensure that the shade is as close to the windshield as possible and butted up against the base of the dash.

3

Press the upper edge of the sun shade against the upper edge of the windshield. The shade should have a small notch in the top of it that will allow the shade to fit around the rear view mirror and relatively flush against the windshield.

4

Pull the sun visors down and press them toward the windshield so that they hold the sun shade against the glass. Some sun shades have small suction cups. If the shade has these, press the suction cups firmly against the glass.

5

Remove the sun shade by putting the sun visors back in their up position. Pull the upper edge toward you and maneuver the shade around the rear view mirror. Hold the shade gently on either end and fold it together accordion style. Attach the fastener and tuck the shade away in the car where it won’t get stepped on.

About the Author

William Zane has been a freelance writer and photographer for over six years and specializes primarily in automotive-related subject matter among many other topics. He has attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he studied automotive design, and the University of New Mexico, where he studied journalism.

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