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Old 01-23-2011, 02:26 PM
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How did you get the glove box off...I unclipped the fasteners in the back and shimmied, but still not coming off. I did find the piece of the lock assembly, though; the metal "J" latch was on the floor mat.
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:15 PM
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If the box is snaped shut ,and the mech is broken I think you have to demo the handel to get to the lock,demo the lock to release the box. Replace the damaged parts. Try to save the key slot . maybe looking at $30 parts. 1hr labor.

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Old 01-23-2011, 11:17 PM
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Ir the box is snaped shut ,and the mech is broken I think you have to demo the handel to get to the lock,demo the lock to release the box. Replace the damaged parts. Try to save the key slot . maybe looking at $30 parts. 1hr labor.
same thing with me, thought i would be able to switch the parts out. cant even open the thing. when you say demo do you mean demolish the part?
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:53 AM
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Yeah, that's what he means. Not sure of the best method, but you may want to start by snapping the handle off. This has happend to many a E34 owner. If you are lucky, the little metal leg will still be attached and you may be able to actuate that with your finger. Replacement of the lock then is simply two screws that are removed from the back side. If you can't do it this way, then you may jsut have to start with drilling the lock with successively larger drill bits unitil you can get it out

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Old 01-24-2011, 01:36 PM
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thx you, ill check for a solution and post back.
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:52 PM
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Pry open the glove box just enough (careful not to break it) to get to 4 or 5 screws that are on top out. This will allow the box to drop down some. Next step is to look underneath the box, and remove the 2 latches. This will allow you to pull forward on the box just enough to get your hand inside to reach the other 2 screws on the inner glove box latch. (remove them). Then the box should open all of the way for you Takes a phillips. Careful not to chip and break your glove box. From there you can reinstall your latch. Hope this helps. (you may have to bend down the screw tabs on the latch for removal).
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:36 PM
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thx u, im going to try tomorrow
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:51 PM
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I had tried this initially, but did not get enough room.

What worked for sure was this:

1) unclip the two clips at the rear of the glovebox.
2) Pull down and forward from the bottom of the glove box to get the clearance mentioned above (about 1/2")
3) Insert a long screwdriver or 18" rod into the gap between the glovebox and the right side of the dash.
4) Aim for the latch and rest the rod/screwdriver against the middle.
5) Push in on the rod while pushing up on the bottom of the glovebox.

This should collapse the latch and the glovebox will pop open. Now unscrew the 2 screws holding the latch mechanism to the box, then take apart the two pieces.
You'll see the small broken brass lever that caused this pain in the first place.
It seems to me that the reason this flimsy piece fo brass breaks off is that the lubricant for the cams that pull in the latches loses it's effectiveness over time, causing too much resistance to the lever. Perhaps re-lubricating the cams now and then would prevent this.

Here is a pic of the latch mechanism to help you know what you are aiming for:


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Old 02-06-2011, 09:13 PM
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thx you, i will definitly print this out when i try to open this up next weekend, thx you for your insight. Thats a great idea to work from the back to the front, makes sense.
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Old 04-03-2011, 05:53 PM
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My 95 E34 had a broken glove box latch when I bought it this past February. The outside latch was broken at the hinge and the prior owners tried to glue the part back together but it failed. I mistakenly opened a new thread about this same problem as mentioned above. I want pass thanks to Luckydog for posting a link to this thread. I was able to get my glove box open and found that the inside part of the latch had a broken metal lever. I should have replaced the inside part when I replaced the outside part. I had noticed the inside part was cracked around the screw holes but thought I could get by if I didn't tighten the screws too tightly. Now that I've got the glove box open I'll be able to fix the latch properly. While I've got the box open, I'm going to try to replace the cabin filter...thanks again to Luckydog's link on the filter.

A link here about cabin filter.http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...788&highlight=
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:27 PM
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Haven any of you replace the left shock in the glove box? I'm trying to figure it out but it seems like i need to unscrew alot of parts just to get the shock and clip on
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:37 PM
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It is very easy, just unclip both sides of the glove box and let it down and pull the shock out, i can give more info once i can look at mine tomorrow.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:16 AM
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I remember it was fairly easy to disconnect the shock from the glove box. I don't remember if I took the shock all the way off or not though. While we're on the subject of shocks...it's time I replaced the ones for the trunk lid and the front hood.
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:13 PM
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thank you google search for pointing me here, few methods to try on mine now!
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:59 PM
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I'm thinking we've ^^^^^ crossed paths somewhere else...............you starting to aim some TLC at your car mate.........??!! :-)
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:56 PM
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Re: E34 glovebox broken

Hah Yea more a case of I closed it yesterday and now I want 2 get my spare cell battery out, slowly but surely it's reminding me it's 20 years old this year lol

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