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Pelican Technical Article:

BMW E36 Sagging Glove Box Fix
Jared Fenton
Wayne R. Dempsey

Difficulty Level: 2
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     One 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.

     The 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.

     First, 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.

     Now, 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 completely.

     Once 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.

     Once 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 perfect alignment.  

     Well, there you have it - it's really not too difficult at all.  If you would like to see more technical articles like this one, please continue to support Pelican Parts with all your parts needs.  If you like what you see here, then please visit our online BMW catalog and help support the collection and creating of new and informative technical articles like this one.  Your continued support directly affects the expansion and existence of this site and technical articles like this one.  As always, if you have any questions or comments about this helpful article, please drop us a line.

Comments and Suggestions:
jim Comments: Do I drill in horizontally, the same orientation as the factory screws, or do I drill vertically up into the frame?
September 3, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Drill them vertical, so the head will sit flush. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bmr4106 Comments: Try using 8 X 32, 1.25" screws, drill all the way through.
April 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional information. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
brahm123 Comments: OU74SX Comments: how long should the screws be? and how deep do you drill?
July 31, 2011

December 1, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try using 8 X 32, 1.25" screws, drill all the way through. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
OU74SX Comments: how long should the screws be? and how deep do you drill?
July 31, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See

bmr4106 Comments: Try using 8 X 32, 1.25" screws, drill all the way through. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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