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Old 11-20-2016, 10:08 AM   #1
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Easiest Vert Glove Box Fix

My glove box has been a PITA since I bought the car. As you probably know, the vert glove box has a mechanism so it locks and unlocks when you lock the car. This frequently fails. If you want the electronic locking, you will need to buy a vert glove box latch for about $100. If you just want to be able to mechanically lock and unlock your glove box, here's what I did.

Buy a used mechanical glove box latch (the part inside the glove box) on ebay or your local boneyard from a non-vert E46. Open your glove box, take out the two screws and remove the handle and latch. Take your vert handle and use a screwdriver to pry off the black plastic piece on the back of the lock mechanism (See pic). The back of your vert handle now looks very similar to the mechanical handle on the left in the pic.

Now, take the vert handle and the mechanical latch you bought and re-assemble on your car. The vert handle without the plastic piece works the mechanical latch just fine. You are in business.

The biggest advantage of this is you can still lock and unlock your glove box with your key, but you don't need to swap your key cylinder.
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Old 11-28-2016, 08:44 PM   #2
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ooooh! i'm going to do this now, i already swapped out for a non-vert handle because $9 shipped instead of 100+, will be great to have my key work.

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