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Old 08-24-2016, 11:26 AM   #1
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Glovebox Latch Microswitch

Just replaced the hedgehog last night so while I have the glovebox out I thought I would address the broken latch.

It appears that someone likely tried to break into the box (during PO ownership).

It appears that the latch part itself (the most expensive piece) is functionally ok with the exception of the missing Microswitch.



Assuming I don't keep anything valuable in the box, is there any issue with not replacing this entire piece (~$110) solely for the Microswitch?


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Old 08-24-2016, 11:50 AM   #2
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You could just order a new microswitch from Digikey and solder it in. I replaced mine, this one fit perfect but you will have to trim a bit off the lever since it's too long.

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Old 08-24-2016, 09:37 PM   #3
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do yourself a favor and replace the whole thing with a mechanical version from a Coupe. 30.00 for both pieces....swap out the lock cylinder and lock it by hand when you need to.

That switch will go bad again---at the worst possible time.
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Old 08-24-2016, 09:41 PM   #4
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do yourself a favor and replace the whole thing with a mechanical version from a Coupe. 30.00 for both pieces....swap out the lock cylinder and lock it by hand when you need to.

That switch will go bad again---at the worst possible time.


Was just getting ready to reply to the previous post when you posted here. I am missing the whole front assembly, so would be pretty expensive to replace the convertible version. And frankly I won't keep anything valuable in this car and would rather a thief be able to simply open the box vs. breaking it to find nothing.

I actually grabbed a coupe Assembly from a pic a part for $10 with a good latch and all. Haven't had a chance to check yet, but that latch will fit? That is a perfect solution for me if that's the case.

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Old 08-24-2016, 10:28 PM   #5
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It fits.
One downside is you end up w. the connector on the glovebox door kind of sitting there...there's nowhere to hide it. Alternative is to just cut it I suppose.
I bought a used latch and handle pair on ebay---15.00
swapped out my lock cylinder using the below link. You dont have to break the tabs---just lightly -gently pry them apart. cylinder pops out and in.

COUPE 5/2004
4 GLOVE BOX LOCK UPPER PART SCHWARZ 1 51168163017 $14.52
5 GLOVE BOX LOCK LOWER PART SCHWARZ 1 51168163018 $13.87

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=970740
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:31 PM   #6
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It fits.
One downside is you end up w. the connector on the glovebox door kind of sitting there...there's nowhere to hide it. Alternative is to just cut it I suppose.
I bought a used latch and handle pair on ebay---15.00
swapped out my lock cylinder using the below link. You dont have to break the tabs---just lightly -gently pry them apart. cylinder pops out and in.

COUPE 5/2004
4GLOVE BOX LOCK UPPER PARTSCHWARZ151168163017$14.52
5GLOVE BOX LOCK LOWER PARTSCHWARZ151168163018$13.87

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=970740


Unfortunately the existing lock cylinder is nowhere to be found as it must have disappeared when the thieves busted the box open. But, I already read through that thread and have a replacement cylinder on the way. Will just have to code it.

Thanks for the confirmation on the part numbers. Already have a good set up from the breaker, so I should be set. Thank you!!


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Old 08-25-2016, 10:16 AM   #7
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It fits.
One downside is you end up w. the connector on the glovebox door kind of sitting there...there's nowhere to hide it. Alternative is to just cut it I suppose.
I bought a used latch and handle pair on ebay---15.00
swapped out my lock cylinder using the below link. You dont have to break the tabs---just lightly -gently pry them apart. cylinder pops out and in.

COUPE 5/2004
4GLOVE BOX LOCK UPPER PARTSCHWARZ151168163017$14.52
5GLOVE BOX LOCK LOWER PARTSCHWARZ151168163018$13.87

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=970740


Thanks again for the confirmation! Swapped out the latch from the box that I picked up at the breaker for $10 and works like a charm! I was able to tuck the plug into the housing so looks like a clean install too.


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Old 08-25-2016, 10:59 PM   #8
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Boom. Well done
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