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Old 05-02-2010, 12:04 PM   #1
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DIY: Sunglass Holder Won't Stay Closed Fix!!!

Hey all,
There must be many out there who have a sunglass holder compartment that won't stay shut(below a/c controls). Couldn't find any info on this site, so I though I would make a quick write up since it is extremely simple, takes about 2 minutes lol.

1. While holding the top of the holder (behind the door), pull straight out with a bit of force.

2. Look at the left side of the holder. There is a small pin that has come out a little bit and will no longer catch on the other plastic arm when you try to close it. Simply push this pin in (towards inside of the holder) until the end you are pushing is flush with the hole you are pushing it through. See Pic below. Hope this helps someone!

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Old 05-02-2010, 08:51 PM   #2
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i had the same problem a while back, it took me a while to figure this little tid-bit out.
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:20 AM   #3
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Awesome!!!!! This is exactly what Im looking for! I am so close of superglue-ing the cover because it really annoys me. Thank you so much.
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:49 PM   #4
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Hey all,
There must be many out there who have a sunglass holder compartment that won't stay shut(below a/c controls). Couldn't find any info on this site, so I though I would make a quick write up since it is extremely simple, takes about 2 minutes lol.

1. While holding the top of the holder (behind the door), pull straight out with a bit of force.

2. Look at the left side of the holder. There is a small pin that has come out a little bit and will no longer catch on the other plastic arm when you try to close it. Simply push this pin in (towards inside of the holder) until the end you are pushing is flush with the hole you are pushing it through. See Pic below. Hope this helps someone!

That was a great post to fix the same problem I am/was having. Once I took out the holder from the console (I didn't realize how easy it was) my actual problem was a safety pin and a penny that were wedged in the mechanism someplace. Another piece that fell out was a small flat black plastic device about the size of a dime with an even smaller yellow gear attached to it (I wondered if anyone knows what that might go to...the ashtray lid, which doesn't work either or something else?)

Anyhow my sunglass storage compartment door in now working..just those little things that make it all better somehow.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:24 PM   #5
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revival! what if the pin is already pushed in and it still doesnt stay shut?
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:26 AM   #6
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Re: DIY: Sunglass Holder Won't Stay Closed Fix!!!

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That was a great post to fix the same problem I am/was having. Once I took out the holder from the console (I didn't realize how easy it was) my actual problem was a safety pin and a penny that were wedged in the mechanism someplace. Another piece that fell out was a small flat black plastic device about the size of a dime with an even smaller yellow gear attached to it (I wondered if anyone knows what that might go to...the ashtray lid, which doesn't work either or something else?)

Anyhow my sunglass storage compartment door in now working..just those little things that make it all better somehow.
Does this work for the cigarette lighter door too?

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