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Pelican Technical Article:

Glove Box Removal

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$20

Talent:

*

Tools:

Long thin shaft flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, plastic pry tool

Applicable Models:

BMW X5 (2000-06)

Hot Tip:

Move the passenger seat to its most rearward position; this will give you more working room.

Performance Gain:

Proper glovebox operation

Complementary Modification:

Replace components behind glovebox

The glovebox has to be removed to access the electrical components behind it. If you are wiring in aftermarket accessories, you want to be able to access the back of the fuse panel. Or in the case of installing an IPod interface cable, it will be easier to drill holes in the glove compartment housing for the cable grommet. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing the glovebox.

Working in the right footwell below the glove box, use a plastic prying tool to pry out the courtesy light and disconnect the electrical connector (green arrow).
Figure 1

Working in the right footwell below the glove box, use a plastic prying tool to pry out the courtesy light and disconnect the electrical connector (green arrow). You will have to lever out the right side of the light. Pull it down while feeding the left side out. Then disconnect the electrical connector by pulling it straight off the light.

Continuing to work in the right footwell below the glove box, use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the trim screw on the left (yellow arrow).
Figure 2

Continuing to work in the right footwell below the glove box, use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the trim screw on the left (yellow arrow). Then twist the plastic fasteners (green arrows) 90° and pull down to remove them. Now pull the panel down and forward to remove the panel from the retaining slots at the rear of the panel.

Open the glove box and remove all of the items from within.
Figure 3

Open the glove box and remove all of the items from within. Locate the damper piston on the left side and pry out the retaining pin while supporting the glove box (green arrow). For ease of access pry with a long shaft thin blade flathead screwdriver.

Next press in the right side of the glove box enough to clear the bumper (green arrow) on the right and allow the glove box to hang fully.
Figure 4

Next press in the right side of the glove box enough to clear the bumper (green arrow) on the right and allow the glove box to hang fully.

Remove the glove compartment mounting screws (green arrows) using a Philips head screwdriver.
Figure 5

Remove the glove compartment mounting screws (green arrows) using a Philips head screwdriver. Now disengage the glove box from the dashboard by pulling it out toward the rear of the vehicle and lay it on the floor.

Now disconnect all the wiring harness plugs (green arrows) and carefully remove the wiring harness from the retaining tabs (yellow arrows).
Figure 6

Now disconnect all the wiring harness plugs (green arrows) and carefully remove the wiring harness from the retaining tabs (yellow arrows). Also remove any aftermarket equipment wiring harnesses that may be installed. This photo shows the IPod interface harness (blue arrow) that would need to be removed. To install your glove box, reverse the removal steps. When reinstalling the glove compartment assembly, take care to insure the slotted tabs on the rear of the assembly engage the square bar on the dashboard. Next reinstall the mounting screws and close the glove box door to check alignment. If needed loosen the mounting screws and adjust the alignment of the glove box door. Then retighten the screws.  









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