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Old 09-10-2005, 03:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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E36 m3 sagging glovebox. Fixed. Mostly.

So I came her a while back with the intent of fixing my sagging glovebox. I used 2 #6 0.5" flathead screws, 2.5" from the middle as suggested.

Congratulations! My glovebox is no longer sagging! A nice, clean fit!

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Unfortunately it now no longer closes. It only stays shut if I lock it.
Any suggestions? Keep in mind I've just drilled holes into my glovebox and the related AC paneling underneath (or whatever is under there).

Ugh. I could always fill the holes with resin.

I don't hate all of you. Just the ones who thought it was an easy fix.
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Old 09-10-2005, 05:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Buy a new one.. the "fix" fucked mine up too. I just ordered a new one from ebay that wasn't sagging and I'm happy.
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Old 09-10-2005, 05:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Or try backing out the screws a little bit, you might have them too tight.
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Old 09-11-2005, 12:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re-insert the retaining clips...

I removed my glovebox and found the plastic clips that hold the paneling on had popped out of their slot. I re-inserted them into their slots and that held the glove box lid tight and properly closed. Has anyone been behind your glove box doing repairs in the past? My A/C system was worked on and I think the guy beat the glove box up taking it out. A lot of techs overlook the two screws in the A/C vents and start pulling on the glove box trying to get it to come out and that pops those plastic retaining clips out of their slots and gives you a glove box door sag. Pull your glove box completely out and look behind that area of the glove box, you'll see the clips out of their slots. Pop 'em back in and see how she looks. If you didn't drill too deep you didn't hurt anything back there.




Notice in the picture the guy also drilled holes in his glovebox.... doesn't work worth a crap...










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Well. Maybe people need to stop referring to the "Driller."
I'll take it out and stare. Only 1/2" in...
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So I came her a while back with the intent of fixing my sagging glovebox. I used 2 #6 0.5" flathead screws, 2.5" from the middle as suggested.

Congratulations! My glovebox is no longer sagging! A nice, clean fit!


Unfortunately it now no longer closes. It only stays shut if I lock it.
Any suggestions? Keep in mind I've just drilled holes into my glovebox and the related AC paneling underneath (or whatever is under there).

Ugh. I could always fill the holes with resin.

I don't hate all of you. Just the ones who thought it was an easy fix.
YEah, you know I got the same problem-like when I'm going over potholes the lid just flys open!...well, it's not a problem I just opt to lock my box everytime...anyway! <_< B) :lol:
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Very true. I tried that quick fix, but now I'm left with some holes and a still-sagging glove box.....thanks...lol
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YEah, you know I got the same problem-like when I'm going over potholes the lid just flys open!...well, it's not a problem I just opt to lock my box everytime...anyway! <_< B) :lol:
I have the same problem as well, but mine is compounded slightly. I've not found a better place to carry an easily accesable pistol except in the glovebox. But I am a little weary about keeping a loaded pistol in something that pops open, which colud allow the pistol to fall out. Also, if I did need the gun, I don't want to have to take my key out of the igntiion unlock the glove box and then have it, by then I wouldn't need it. I guess Ia m just going to have buy some parts.

Which parts exactly do I need? Any one have the part numbers?
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Wow it's good thing I brought this up.
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i was going to try the drilling/screws fix but took apart my glovebox and then just put it back together and the sagging was fixed. i guess maybe there was a screw or two that wasnt all the way in? im not sure. it works fine now except sometimes it will come open, but very very rarely. guess i lucked out!
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