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Glovebox Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Glovebox Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$20

Talent:

*

Tools:

Flathead, regular and stubby Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW Z3 (1996-02)

Parts Required:

Glovebox

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to lose screw trim caps

Performance Gain:

Proper glovebox operation

Complementary Modification:

Replace components behind glovebox

The glovebox has to be removed to access the electrical components behind it. Also, if you are wiring in aftermarket accessories, you want to be able to access the back of the fuse panel. The glovebox on Z3 models is known to sag over time and eventually break away from the dashboard. The only solution for a sagging glovebox is to replace it. If it is too late and it has broken away from the mounting place, this can be repaired by adding some plastic and remounting the glove box.

To avoid marring the trim if you need to pry anything, work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches. 

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability. 

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The green arrow points to the area of the glovebox that sags.
Figure 1

The green arrow points to the area of the glovebox that sags. This is good sign of needed replacement. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing the glovebox.

Working at the center console, remove two plastic trim caps (green arrow) using a small flathead screwdriver.
Figure 2

Working at the center console, remove two plastic trim caps (green arrow) using a small flathead screwdriver. Then remove the Phillips head screws (yellow arrows) beneath the caps.

Working under dashboard, twist locking retainers (green arrows) 90 degrees.
Figure 3

Working under dashboard, twist locking retainers (green arrows) 90 degrees.

Then remove the trim panel (green arrows) by pulling it down and away from dashboard.
Figure 4

Then remove the trim panel (green arrows) by pulling it down and away from dashboard. Open glove compartment and remove all items from within it.

Next, remove the remaining plastic trim caps from the glovebox screws (green arrows).
Figure 5

Next, remove the remaining plastic trim caps from the glovebox screws (green arrows). Then remove the Phillips head screws beneath the caps.

Close the glovebox, then pull it down and away from the dashboard.
Figure 6

Close the glovebox, then pull it down and away from the dashboard. Once the glovebox is moved forward, pull the center console trim outward (green arrow) and slide the glovebox (yellow arrow) out from beneath it. Then the glovebox can be removed from the vehicle.

This photo shows the speed nut that broke away from the dashboard.
Figure 7

This photo shows the speed nut that broke away from the dashboard. If this happens to your vehicle you are going to have to improvise. I suggest sourcing a thin piece of plastic, then attaching it with epoxy the dashboard. Then drill a hole and reinstall the speed nut. To install your glovebox, reverse the removing steps. Be sure the screws are properly aligned with the speed nuts.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Stevie Comments: the article says: "The glovebox on Z3 models is known to sag over time and eventually break away from the dashboard. The only solution for a sagging glovebox is to replace it. If it is too late and it has broken away from the mounting place, this can be repaired by adding some plastic and remounting the glove box." I am confused...the last sentence says I can repair this by adding some plastic and remounting...could you explain more on this?
June 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Remove the glove box, then along the edge where is sags, add some rigid plastic. You can glue or plastic weld it in place. You may also be able to drill holes in it, and use the factory mounting holes to secure it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Apollo5 Comments: This is the third time I needed assistance with my Z3. You guys have the BEST DIY pages. The pictures are GREAT. Thank You. I do need some plastic trim caps for the small glovebox screws. Do you sell? My email is below. Thanks Dean Drake Aiken SC
November 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, we can get those trim caps for you. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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