common problem on the BMW E36 3 Series is that sagging glove box. Over time,
heat and age cause the plastic frame around the glove box to warp and cause
what you see in this photo. Thanks to Eli at Pelican for letting us use his
car for this article.
fix for this problem is to bring the frame back straight. This is achieved
by drilling two countersunk screws into the front of the frame.
open the glove box, and look at the upper frame. You’ll notice two
Phillips heads screws holding it in place on either side. Make sure these
screws are tight and in place. Once tightened, the next step is to measure 2
˝ inches from the right edge of the latch, and mark the spot. Now measure 2
˝ inches from the left side and mark it.
use a small drill bit to create a pilot hole for the screws. You will need
the screws to sit flush against the frame, so that the glove box can close
the pilot holes for the screws have been drilled, you’ll want to find some
self-tapping screws that will be able to drill into the felt covered panel
behind the frame. Use low torque and drill them in.
the screws are in, check to see that they are sitting flush against the
frame. Once they are, close the glove box and check the operation. You may
notice that you have to tighten or loosen the screws to bring the box into
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