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Old 08-02-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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Seriously, how the heck do I open a broken glove box?

I think I blew a fuse... but my car (convertible) got broken into while the glove box was locked and the asshole snapped off the handle.

Anyone have any idea how to open this thing? Obviously for replacement, but more immediately because I need fuse box access...

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Old 08-02-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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Sorry that happened to you. I can't help you with your issue but was just curious if the ass hat was able to get into the glove box once you do get it opened.

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Old 08-02-2013, 05:00 PM   #3
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Oh, definitely not. If I can't, there's no way some crackhead that jumped into my car to steal a pair of woman's pants and a garage door opener can.
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Its good to know that the glove box is crack head proof. God knows we have plenty of crack heads floating around my city.
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It's definitely a blown fuse. Would love to know how I can do this without risking prying at the edges to try to reach the screws. I don't want to have to replace the whole door because it leaves gaps when closing after this.

What I can't figure out is what part of the upper piece (in the photos) is even affected by the lock mechanism on the lower piece (the handle itself) and what part of the handle itself mechanically reaches in/out/up and pulls the latches in.

The handle has two plastic pieces hanging off the edge that secured it in place, and I can hold it in exactly that spot (without any stability), so theoretically I ought to be able to make it open, but I can't. I don't see any other connection there.
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:34 PM   #6
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Man, I feel for your here. The convertible glove box is like a vault, it is crazy hard to get into and the latch pieces are NOT cheap.

I was successful in getting into my convertible glove box after there was a problem with the latch. Talk about a PITA. Took a lot of screwing around and finally I was able to get the stupid thing open.

Let me see if I can find a post that outlined my approach to get into the Vert Glovebox Vault.

I will post a link here when I find it.

Good luck!

Link that may be useful?? - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...light=glovebox
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:53 PM   #7
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red circle is the "whole hinge part". Blue arrow indicates where the fulcrum is. Yellow arrow is where to apply pressure (it will rotate along the blue arrows arc), but can't remember if it's a push or pull.

GL, post back.

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Old 08-02-2013, 06:55 PM   #8
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It's a pull. Pushing towards 2 o clock will do it provided it's unlocked. But the black plastic thing slides side to side easily with a finger.

Figured that out once I pried it open (easy, non-damaging) and popped it from above then watched what moved.

One problem down... one to go - it's not the fuses. My BM53 is just flat dead.
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Great post - this last image was a lifesaver!!!
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