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Glovebox Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Glovebox Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$20

Talent:

*

Tools:

Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW Z4 Convertible (2003-06)
BMW Z4 Coupe (2006)

Parts Required:

Glovebox

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to lose screws

Performance Gain:

Proper glovebox operation

Complementary Modification:

Replace components behind glovebox

It may be necessary to remove the glovebox if you need 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 the fuse panel. Fortunately this is an easy task, but you should be aware that the glovebox on Z4 models is known to break at the pivot points. If broken, you can replace the glove box or the knee airbag plastic mount--depending on which piece is faulty. Once the glove box is removed, you can inspect each piece individually.

To access the interior fuse panel, the glove box has to be removed. Once removed, there should be a fuse location document mounted next to it. If missing, you can order a new one through Pelican Parts or try to find a used one in a salvage yard.

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 leave your vehicle information.

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

The glovebox (red arrow) has to be removed 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 Z4 models is known to break at the pivot points.
Figure 2

The glovebox on Z4 models is known to break at the pivot points. If broken, you can replace the glove box or the knee airbag plastic mount. Depending on which piece is faulty. Once the glove box is removed, you can inspect each piece individually. Red arrows point to the glove box pivot and the blue arrows point to the plastic bracket for the knee airbag. Note the cracks indicated by the blue arrows.

Open the glove box and remove the items inside.
Figure 3

Open the glove box and remove the items inside. Then unhook the tether on the right side (red arrow).

Then press the tabs up (red arrows) as you pull the glove box down to extend it.
Figure 4

Then press the tabs up (red arrows) as you pull the glove box down to extend it. These tabs are what the glove box bumpers rest on when open.

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

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

Open the glove box until it faces down.
Figure 6

Open the glove box until it faces down. Then pull it away (red arrow) from the instrument panel to detach the pivots (blue arrows) from the metal dowels (purple arrow).

Once removed, you have access to the interior fuse panel (red arrow).
Figure 7

Once removed, you have access to the interior fuse panel (red arrow). There should be a fuse location document mounted next to it (blue arrow). If missing (like with my subject vehicle), you can order a new one through Pelican Parts or try to find a used one in a salvage yard. Reverse steps to install the glove box.

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