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Old 10-03-2010, 04:59 PM   #1
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Glove box won't open!?!

Glove Box won't open. I put the key in and it turns both ways but doesn't unlock. I almost certain the locking mechanism I broken. How do I remove it and replace it if it's locked?
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:42 PM   #2
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:17 PM   #3
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:27 PM   #4
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In order to remove glove box, it needs to be open...so that ain't going to work...

I think I'm going to suggest first, trying keys again and more firmly pushing pulling, etc...that's first.

Second, on mine, there are two tabs that lock on either side of lock mechanism, so I'm thinking if all else fails, try squeezing something down in there to try to manually push tabs in.

Also, are you using a real key and not a valet key to open it...it might've been locked by real key somehow and now you're using a key that won't open it.

You don't have a vert, do you? If so, the mechanism to lock is different than in other models...and recall someone having some issue with it in a vert coz of that. You have an owners manual to check to make sure you didn't miss something obvious...like that you have to start the car first with real key and then use the unlock button or something?

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Old 10-03-2010, 07:52 PM   #5
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:10 PM   #6
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In order to remove glove box, it needs to be open...so that ain't going to work...

I think I'm going to suggest first, trying keys again and more firmly pushing pulling, etc...that's first.

Second, on mine, there are two tabs that lock on either side of lock mechanism, so I'm thinking if all else fails, try squeezing something down in there to try to manually push tabs in.

Also, are you using a real key and not a valet key to open it...it might've been locked by real key somehow and now you're using a key that won't open it.

You don't have a vert, do you? If so, the mechanism to lock is different than in other models...and recall someone having some issue with it in a vert coz of that. You have an owners manual to check to make sure you didn't miss something obvious...like that you have to start the car first with real key and then use the unlock button or something?

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I do have a vert and I was using a regular key. The key got jammed half way when trying to open it and and when I forced it it broke. How difficult would it be if I broke the whole mechanism and replaced the glove box cover
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I do have a vert and I was using a regular key. The key got jammed half way when trying to open it and and when I forced it it broke. How difficult would it be if I broke the whole mechanism and replaced the glove box cover
I don't know, but before I'd go there, I'd play around with removing the glovebox...

I believe it needs to be open to do this, but I'm wondering whether that by removing the bottom screws, you might get enough play to maybe wiggle out the latch without breaking.

I'll look tomorrow at mine...not assuming it's like yours...but would have some similarity.

I also wonder (prolly low odds) of doing something like removing radio or side trim on pass side to get into it with something...or if key is broken in there...getting out broken piece and seeing whether another key would work.

Search for vert and glovebox...you can't be the first in 11 years and 150K members to do this...

Look for little pry things too...coz on mine, just two tabs about 1" to either side of lock is what holds it...but I know...easier said than done.

I don't think C4 would work too well, as I'm pretty sure you'd need at least a new glovebox, window, and prolly radio...even if you used just the right amount!

Hmmm...worst comes to worst...a monster drill through the lock might mess things up enough to where you can get it open and just replace lock...though you'll need to have it 'keyed' of course to work with your key.

Obviously, I'm just making up some of this...but you know where you are...right? LOL

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Old 10-16-2010, 05:47 PM   #8
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lay on floorbard, there are 4 screws at hinge to take out. this will allow u to get glovebox open, but you'll probably find alittle tab broken inside the latch after you take it apart. haven't figured out how to get lockset out though. the dealer wants $150.00 just for the 2 parts, who knows how much to change out the lockset.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:17 PM   #9
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I removed the 2 hinges at the bottom, kinda pried the glove box a little and removed the 3 top screws and voila... Got the glove box open. Be careful not to tear the clips though. It seems that there was an electrical failure since every time I would lock the doors, it would lock the glove box as well. For right now I have disconnected the electrical wire and have left the lock on the unlocked position till I get a new one. This way I won't have to leave the gbox wide open.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:49 PM   #10
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Im of the school about doing it myself (Dealers Blaa) Im wondering why the glove box would turn both ways and not open...I need to get to the fuse box and dont want to damage the glove box it was sudjested to remove the screws at the bottom of box and wiggle it around to gain access to the top screws and hopefully open it ...any help would be great... thanks in advance.
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This is from an old post of mine. I have a convertible, but the process should be the same.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...7#post14804257
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