The glove box usually houses those small stuff that you use while driving. Among such are your chewing gum and mints, road map, sunglasses, and your vehicle's manual. But for some reasons, this small compartment in the dashboard can get stuck and refuse to open properly. Among the reasons for this is a jammed or damaged door lock. Here are the ways to fix such problem:
Steps in Opening a Jammed Glove Box
What you'll need:
- Duct tape
- Lint-free cloth
- Light lubricant/Penetrating oil
- Flat-edged jeweler's screwdriver
Step 1: Open your car's door to turn the dome light on. Keep the light on by leaving the door open. Position yourself in your car's passenger seat.
Step 2: Get a strip of duct tape and wrap it around the edge of your flat-edged jeweler's screwdriver. Flatten the duct tape on the screwdriver's edge using your fingers.
Step 3: Slide the screwdriver's tip into the seam just above the keyhole in your glove compartment.
Step 4: With enough force, lift the tip of the jeweler's screwdriver up until the jammed glove compartment is forced open.
Step 5: Soak the edge of a lint-free cloth with lubricant oil and use that to apply oil around the edges of the glove compartment's lid. The oil won't just remove loose dust and dirt on the edge but will also lubricate this part to prevent it from sticking to the glove box. Do the same for the other edge of the glove compartment lid.
Step 6: Lubricate the hinges at the bottom of the glove compartment as well.
Step 7: Close and open the glove compartment for a number of times to see if it's now working well.
If you didn't succeed in opening the stuck glove compartment door and you noticed that the cause of the problem is a defective door lock, then you need to remove the glove compartment's door and have the damaged lock replaced with a new one.
Steps in replacing the glove box door lock
What you'll need:
- New glove compartment door lock
Step 1: If there are under-dash trim panels that may get in your way to the screws that secure the glove compartment's door hinge to the dashboard, you need to remove them first.
Step 2: Using the applicable size of screwdriver, loosen and remove the door hinge screws and pry the door hinge gently to detach it from the dashboard.
Step 3: With your palm side facing the door, slowly slide your hand into the glove compartment. Feel the locking mechanism and disengage it. If you fail to do so, try to remove the door latch from the glove compartment's top front.
Step 4: Locate the screws connecting the latch to the detached door hinge and the dashboard. If needed, use a long-shafted screwdriver to reach each screw. To prevent the door from falling off, hold it in place with one hand while the other hand is busy removing the screws.
Step 5: Take out the malfunctioning lock from the door of the glove box by loosening and removing the spring clips or screws that hold it in place.
Step 6: Put the new lock in place of the defective one. Making sure it's in the closed position, hang the door on the latch and put the hinge screws back in place.
Step 7: Re-install the under-dash trim panels that you've removed before working with the glove compartment door. Test the door for smooth operation. If needed, do some adjustments to the latch or lock position.