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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 12-16-2008, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ok...the glove box is closed and will not open...i know for sure that it isnt locked.....i also took the back hinges off thinking maybe that would make the front come loose but no luck....please help idk what else to do..o its a 1985 325e
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1st try spraying some WD40 in the lock, wiggle with key a while, then try the catch with the key still in the unlock position.
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i tried to just stick the key in and wiggle the crap out of it but no luck...i also tryed to pry the thing open...no luck there either
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Ok, here we go.......There are three bolts that hold the glove box on the back - you can feel them if you reach around. It think they're 8mm or 10mm. Undo these and back of the glove box should come out. What you should see left in the car is a long metal hinge where the glove box used to be.

When you put it back in though, there are another three nuts that hold the metal hinge to the firewall. You'll have to remove the hinge and reattach it to the glovebox, then you can reattach the whole assembly back into place. sounds like you need a new latch but you might be able to make it work once out.

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i already have taken the box off of the back hinge but it didnt make anything come loose
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Ok, You need a pair of 90 degree needle nose pliers to get back in to actuate the latch inside the closed glove box, this is not easy and you may break the latch.
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do you know of any way that i dont have to break the latch
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Sorry, I dont know, Theres only one way which I did do was a table knife, not sharp one, the one you have dinner with, and just lever it, if it breaks it does, all I did was break a piece of plastic in the top plate and made a new one out of a hard plastic plate, there no more I can say, apart from the dealer who will break it, replace and charge, but they probably cant get that bit anymore due to the year, there's bound to be one at a breakers or on ebay.
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