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BMW E39 Glove Box Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

BMW E39 Glove Box Removal

Kerry Jonsson

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm socket or wrench, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW E39 5-Series (1997-03)

Parts Required:

Glove Box

Hot Tip:

Make sure glove box is fitted properly before bolting it down.

Performance Gain:

Easier access to the fuse box and the body electrical module (GEM).

Complementary Modification:

Access to body module and fuses

Sometimes you have to remove the glove box to service it. It makes it easier to view the wiring and the body control unit (GEM) that is mounted behind it along with other fuses and connectors. It also makes it easier to view the fuse (mounted in the ceiling of the glove box).

There is a lower panel underneath the glove box in the foot-well area.
Figure 1

There is a lower panel underneath the glove box in the foot-well area. Grab the cover with your hand and pull it towards the back of the car. The panel will slide out and expose the area underneath the glove box.

There are two suspension cables on each side of the glove box.
Figure 2

There are two suspension cables on each side of the glove box. You may want to remove everything in the glove box before you drop it.

Use a flathead screwdriver to pry on the metal clip then slide it off in the direction of the arrow (blue arrow).
Figure 3

Use a flathead screwdriver to pry on the metal clip then slide it off in the direction of the arrow (blue arrow). Once you have the clip off pull the suspension cable off their pins and let the glove box hang.

If you want you can temporarily lock the box in the up position to get it out of you way.
Figure 4

If you want you can temporarily lock the box in the up position to get it out of you way. Now look underneath and you will want to remove two 10mm nuts (green arrows) that hold brackets for the glove box mounting bar. Make a note how the black plastic brackets mount for reinstallation.

With the glove box hanging down there are two tabs on each side of the electrical connector.
Figure 5

With the glove box hanging down there are two tabs on each side of the electrical connector. Squeeze the tabs and pull the electrical connector for the flashlight straight out.

If you need more access to the center of the dash you can remove the side trim panel.
Figure 6

If you need more access to the center of the dash you can remove the side trim panel. Start by removing these two Phillips screws, and then pull the panel straight away from dashboard. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Take care to route wiring harnesses and installing as you removed them so they do not bind or rub as the glove box is opened or closed

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