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Pelican Technical Article:

Glove Box Replacing

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$20

Talent:

**

Tools:

Phillips screwdriver, trim panel tool

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i xDrive Sedan (2009-10)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 530xi Wagon (2006-07)
BMW 535i xDrive Sedan/Wagon (2009-10)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 535xi Wagon (2008)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)
BMW 550i Sedan (2006-10)

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

Interior trim pieces in BMW E60 cars are often made of preformed hard plastic. Plastic clips or metal screws are used to hold them in place. To avoid marring the trim, work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

The glove box has to be removed 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 the fuse panel. When removing items like the center console, for access to the blower motor, the glove box also has to be removed.

In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing the glove box from your BMW E60.

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. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Open the glove compartment and remove all items from within. Remove the lower dashboard trim panel. See our tech article on lower dashboard trim panel replacing.

With the glove box open, remove the support strap (green arrow) and support strut (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

With the glove box open, remove the support strap (green arrow) and support strut (yellow arrow). Using a plastic prying tool, lever the plastic pins out of the support strap and support strut (inset).

Next, close the glove box.
Figure 2

Next, close the glove box. Then remove the two Phillips head screws (green arrows) located at each side. Do not remove the fasteners indicated by the red arrows. These will detach the hinges. If these fasteners were to be removed, you'd have to readjust and realign the glove box.

Then open the glove box and remove the six Phillips head fasteners (green arrows).
Figure 3

Then open the glove box and remove the six Phillips head fasteners (green arrows).

Once the screws are removed, pull the glove box down and away from the dashboard.
Figure 4

Once the screws are removed, pull the glove box down and away from the dashboard. Lower it enough to access the electrical connectors. There is one on each side (yellow arrows). Squeeze the release tabs and pull the connectors off to disconnect them. Then, pull the glove box light electrical connector (green arrow) straight off to disconnect it. Once disconnected, pull the wiring harness out of the mounts on the top of the glove box. Then remove the glove box from the vehicle. When installing your glove box, be sure to properly line it up with the dashboard. Then reverse the steps to install it.

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