In Reply to: HELP HELP HELP!!! posted by Geoff on April 16, 2002 at 08:35:47:
Saved this in my SIG archives - never had to use it, but it should work - seen the same method mentioned dozens of times...
Re: [M3] broken glove box latch
Sun, 19 Mar 2000 08:43:20 -0500
"Todd " <
> Are there any secrets into getting a non-working glove box latch opened?
Yeah, brute force. ;-)
Well, ok, there is one secret.
Open the passenger door, use a wide wedge of some form to open up the side
of the glove box far enough to get a long screw driver in there.
Use a flashlight for aiming, insert the screw driver and use it to press
back one of the tabs on the catch.
If you've ever played with a glove box in these cars you'll have seen how
the latch has opposing tabs. When you pull the handle, the tabs retract
inwards, clearing the catch and allowing the glove box to open.
The tabs are synched. You push one in, the other one automatically
retracts. So if you can get that long thin screw driver onto the right side
tab and push it in, the left side will go in too and the glove box will drop
If your wedge, or your activities, cause an indentation in the side of the
glove box or dash, get a heat gun/hair drier and apply heat to the area
while gently massaging it with your finger. The dent will come out,
provided you haven't torn the surface.
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