The glovebox has to be removed in order 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 fuse panel. The glovebox on X3 models is known to break at the pivot points. If broken, you can replace the glovebox or latch and lock cylinder, depending on which piece is faulty. Once the glovebox is removed, you can inspect each piece individually.
To access the interior fuse panel, the glovebox has to be opened and removed if you need access to the relays and control module bracket.
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 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.
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The glovebox (red arrow) has to be removed in order 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 fuse panel.
With the latch and handle removed, you can replace the lock cylinder. When buying the lock cylinder, it will come coded to match your vehicle locks. Insert key, rotate lock 45 degrees (middle of lock and unlock). Align the tabs (red arrows) with the marking (blue arrow). Gently lever the tabs away (yellow arrow) as you pull the key out.