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Re: HELP HELP HELP!!! (archive)

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Posted by Geoff on April 16, 2002 at 17:23:03:

In Reply to: Re: HELP HELP HELP!!! posted by David on April 16, 2002 at 08:45:47:

What would I do without you guys - thanks!!



Hi,

Saved this in my SIG archives - never had to use it, but it should work - seen the same method mentioned dozens of times...

David

Subject:
Re: [M3] broken glove box latch
Date:
Sun, 19 Mar 2000 08:43:20 -0500
From:
"Brett Anderson"
To:
"Todd " <
References:
1
> Are there any secrets into getting a non-working glove box latch opened?
> Thanks.
> Todd


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
open.

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.


Brett Anderson
www.koalamotorsport.com
Home of the E30 M3 CD-ROM repair manual





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