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Pelican Technical Article:

Glovebox Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$20

Talent:

*

Tools:

Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

X3 E83 (2004-06)
X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)

Parts Required:

Glovebox

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to lose screws

Performance Gain:

Proper glovebox operation

Complementary Modification:

Replace components behind glovebox

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.

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 include your vehicle information.

The glovebox (red arrow) has to be removed in order to access the electrical components behind it.
Figure 1

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.

Open the glovebox and remove the items inside.
Figure 2

Open the glovebox and remove the items inside. Then unhook the tether on both sides (red arrow) by pulling the plastic pin out (inset). Then, remove the three Phillips head screws.

Open the glovebox until if faces down.
Figure 3

Open the glovebox until if faces down. Remove the four Phillips head screws (red arrows).

Then pull it away (from the instrument panel to access the electrical connectors.
Figure 4

Then pull it away (from the instrument panel to access the electrical connectors.

Next, disconnect the glovebox light electrical connector (red arrow).
Figure 5

Next, disconnect the glovebox light electrical connector (red arrow). Pull the connector straight out to remove.

Unclip the wiring harness from the glovebox.
Figure 6

Unclip the wiring harness from the glovebox. It pulls out of plastic guides.

Next, disconnect the flash light connector.
Figure 7

Next, disconnect the flash light connector. Squeeze the release tabs and pull straight off. Reverse steps to install the glove box.

With the glovebox removed, you can replace the latch and the lock cylinder.
Figure 8

With the glovebox removed, you can replace the latch and the lock cylinder. To replace the latch, remove the two Phillips head screws (red arrows). Then, lift and remove the latch from the glovebox.

With the latch and handle removed, you can replace the lock cylinder.
Figure 9

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.

The key will slide out with the lock cylinder.
Figure 10

The key will slide out with the lock cylinder. Reverse steps to install.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Edwin Comments: Hi, I was wondering if I'll be access the passenger cup holder on the dash from this side ? My passenger cup holder which is located by the passenger air vent is stuck and will not open or slide out. Any advice as to how to bring it out so that we'll be able to use it or do I need to replace it ?

Thanks,

Edwin
2004 BMW X3 3.0L
November 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will need to replace it, they break often. Try levering it out using a plastic prying tool. Then remove and replace. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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