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BMW Glove Box Replacement
 
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BMW Glove Box Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$20

Talent:

*

Tools:

Flathead, Phillips screwdriver, T20 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

BMW E90 3-Series (2006-11)
BMW E91 3-Series (2006-12)
BMW E92 3-Series (2007-13)
BMW E93 3-Series (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Screws and straps for glove box

Hot Tip:

Empty before removing

Performance Gain:

Access to components

Complementary Modification:

Mount accessories in glove box

The glovebox has to be removed to access the blower motor, blower motor resistor and to be able to access relays and modules behind it. Also if you are wiring in aftermarket accessories, you want to be able to access the back of fuse panel.

In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing the glovebox from your BMW E90.

Open glove compartment and remove all items from within.

Using a plastic prying tool, lever off dashboard trim located above glove compartment.
Figure 1

Using a plastic prying tool, lever off dashboard trim located above glove compartment. Start at the end closest to passenger door and work your way toward driver side until trim is detached.

Next, remove four Phillips head screws from dashboard cup holders.
Figure 2

Next, remove four Phillips head screws from dashboard cup holders. (green arrows)

Then remove cup holders from dashboard by sliding straight out.
Figure 3

Then remove cup holders from dashboard by sliding straight out.

Next, remove six T20 Torx screws from glove compartment.
Figure 4

Next, remove six T20 Torx screws from glove compartment. (green arrows) Pull glove compartment straight out of dashboard slightly. The next steps highlight removing the lower trim panel. You don't have to remove it, but removing it makes accessing the wiring above glovebox much easier.

Working below glovebox, remove two T20 Torx lower trim panel fasteners.
Figure 5

Working below glovebox, remove two T20 Torx lower trim panel fasteners. (green arrows)

Detach lower corner of lower trim piece (green arrow) by pulling toward front of car until lug disengages.
Figure 6

Detach lower corner of lower trim piece (green arrow) by pulling toward front of car until lug disengages. Pull lower trim panel down from dashboard far enough to access footwell light electrical connector.

Disconnect footwell light electrical connector by pulling straight out of light.
Figure 7

Disconnect footwell light electrical connector by pulling straight out of light. (green arrow) Then remove trim panel from vehicle, be sure to store it in a safe place.

Lower glove compartment, then detach electrical connectors (green arrows).
Figure 8

Lower glove compartment, then detach electrical connectors (green arrows). Once connectors are disconnected detach wiring harness from back side of glove box. Then remove glove compartment from dashboard. When installing your glovebox. Be sure to properly line it up with dashboard. Then reverse steps to install.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Jakey335 Comments: I can't even open my 2009 E93 glove box, with or without the key so how can I repair it or remove it for repair?
March 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If it will not open, you will have to break the latch, or drill is out. Then open and replace using these instructions. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
bazzyb Comments: in figure 8, what does power cable indicated by the green arrow at the top connect to? i have taken my glove box out to resolve a fan issue, and have a spare cable! i have reconnected the glove box lamp, reseated the empty connector next to the lap and have 1 spare short connector that i dont know where to plug in!

any ideas?

February 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is a switch in the glove compartment or the for the dome light. Only electronics out there. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Kengrey Comments: I'm trying to service the electric latch in the e93, question is will the airbag deploy with the glove box out of the car? Trying to fix the latch and don't want the airbag going off in my face!! Thx for the articles!!
June 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you are concerned about the airbag, disconnect the vehicle battery and wait 15 minutes before servicing the latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
PaulV Comments: In my 2008 335i conv. there are 2 T25 screws that have to be removed to get the glove box out. That step seems to be missing here.
May 22, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you share photos of the screws? Your model may vary slightly from our subject vehicle. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
stev Comments: my bmw 320 .the indicators n interior lights ar not functioning.any ideas in terms of d fuse location
January 3, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What year and model? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Fred Comments: I am in the process of removing my 2009 335i e93 glove box and I am having issues! After following the instructions, the glov ebox will not come out. There must be some additional screws related that I am missing.
April 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would double check that you got all the fasteners out. Then try sliding the glove box out and down. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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