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Old 12-27-2010, 03:32 PM
Jim Dandy Jim Dandy is offline
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Glove box issue -- Loose bowen cable

My glove box would not open and in another thread I found out how to open it (thanks M.Wong)

After opening the glove box the issue is where the cable enters into the latch assembly. The cable attaches to the white plastic rotating actuator OK but the cable assembly is loose thereby not allowing any tension to the latch. There has to be some sort of retainer to hold the cable sheath in place that will allow for the cable assembly to work properly.

I did find rectangular clip that dropped to the car floor and it seems to fit next to where the cable feeds. After a few hours of fiddling I cannot determine if it plays a role in the cable operation.

Any suggestions? Does anyone have a digital pic of a properly operating mechanism that may help?

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Old 12-27-2010, 09:44 PM
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Maybe this will help?

LINK: Glove box latch
E38 2000 740iL Orient Blue
E91 2012 328xiT Alpine White

Passed on to new families:
E30 1987 325i Royal Blue
E39 2003 540i/6 Sterling Gray
R56 2010 Mini Cooper S British Racing Green

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Old 12-29-2010, 02:48 AM
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Where is the best place to get a replacement latch?
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