This is the general DIY process for the removal and replacement of the OEM glovebox door and lock.
Personal Disclaimer: The removal and replacement will be done at YOUR OWN RISK. You are responsible for any damage or loss incured by following this procedure. I assume no responsiblity for your mistakes.
The Tools Needed: A Flathead screwdriver, T20 Torx Driver, needlenose pliers and rubber mallet.
To begin the process in the removal of the OEM glovebox door, you will need to remove the lower e-brake console, armrest and the lower shiftgate console as well as some other items to access the "hidden screw" which is found underneath the center console....
Please refer to either your Bentley Manual, or to VgRt6's DIY on removing interior parts found in the MK4 DIY section. Here is that DIY for the less motivated. http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=958556
PART ONE: Glovebox Door Removal.
Once you have removed the lower console parts and the glovebox from the vehicle you can now begin to remove the glovebox door.
Flip the glovebox over. There are two metal pieces that run down each side of the glovebox. There are two round pegs on the right and left side. These pegs go into the metal pieces on the back. The pegs help hold the door in place and move or rotate the door to open and close. Also on the left side there is a shock which controls the speed at which the glovebox door moves when opened.
Step One- Shock Removal.
Using your T20 Torx driver, remove the screw which connects the shock to the glovebox door. You will need to move the top plastic part of the shock over slightly to access the torx screw.
Step Two- Flip up the plastic piece that connects the shock to the glovebox door, and push the upper plastic part into the base of the shock.
Step Three- Remove the two (2) black pegs that are on the right and left sides of the glovebox. Using a flathead screwdriver, place it underneath the peg head and pry the peg outward. You can also use the metal as a brace to help you out as you push out the peg.
Step Four- Now you are ready to remove the glovebox door. Gently push down on the upper hooked plastic piece, and slide it thru the slot at the top of the glovebox door, on each side.
Grab the glovebox door on each side and lift the glovebox door up and out.
Once you have removed the glovebox door, you can now replace your old glovebox door with the new one. Reverse the steps as mentioned before to reinstall the glovebox. (It is possible that you may need the rubber mallet and perhaps a flathead screwdriver to lightly knock the pegs back into the holes in the back of the glovebox. They can be hard to get back into place!)
PART TWO: Glovebox Lock Removal and Replacement.
Step One- With the glovebox handle off the glovebox flip the handle over. There are four (4) tabs that go around the outside of the glovebox lock. There are two at the top and bottom. Using the needlenose pilers, bend the two upper tabs back (as far as possible), then bend and break the lower two tabs. This will loosen the lock inside of the handles housing.
Step Two- Take the needlenose and bend back on the upper plastic piece that is at the top of the handle. This will free up the housing so you can remove the lock. To prevent the lock from coming apart and having to reassemble it, insert your key into the lock before you remove the lock cylinder from the old handle. (special thanks to vortex user, mahmgb for this tip.) There are two sloted openings on either side on the back of the lock. Using a flathead screwdriver, put the screwdriver into the slot and push the lock out of the handle housing.
This part of the DIY is in the event that if your lock does come apart, you can reassemble it. If you do not need to reassemble your lock, please refer to Step Six at the bottom of this DIY to complete the lock installation process.
Make sure you have a small box or bucket to catch the lock and pieces when you remove the lock from the handle. There are some small pieces inside the lock that you DO NOT WANT TO LOSE!!! There are spring loaded lock tumblers inside of the lock cylinder!
Inside the lock there are three (3) parts. The lock cylinder, 3 lock tumblers and 3 small springs. When removing the lock, note the orientation of the lock tumblers. Each tumbler has a number designated to it like a combination lock. This will be important in putting the lock back together.
Step Three- There are three thin slots inside the lock cylinder. At the bottom of each slot you will see that it is rounded. Place the springs into the holes at the bottom of each slot.
Step Four- Place the tumblers back into the slots. Place the narrower part of the tumbler in first. If you put it in incorrectly, the lock will not work. Try to note the orientation when they came out of the lock. This will help you with the installation of the tumblers. Place the tumblers in this direction like in this image.
Step Five- Checking the lock. Take your key and insert it into the lock. The tumblers inside of the lock should sit flush and not stick out of the lock cylinder. If they do, the tumblers have been placed into the lock incorrectly, like in this image.
THIS IS WRONG!!!! Also, your key will not go completely into the lock. If it looks like the picture above, try again with the lock reassembly. Refer back to the information before mentioned.
This is the way the lock should look when the key is inserted and it should go all the way into the lock.
This is CORRECT!!! The tumblers should be flush with the lock cylinder.
Step Six- Installing the lock back into the OEM glovebox handle.
Keep the key in the lock. Make sure you hold the key slot in the vertical position (the unlocked position). Also make sure that the tab in the back of the lock is placed in on the left side when inserting the lock back into place. Slightly open the glovebox and put your hand behind the area where you are pushing the lock into. This will give you some stability when pushing the lock back into the handle.
Place this side into the left of the hole, ie: the tab that is sticking up in the back of the lock.
Gently guide the lock back into the glovebox handle with the key inserted.
Place your hand inside the glovebox behind the handle housing. Not to much effort will be needed to push the lock back in. It should pop in very smoothly. Test the lock with your key to insure that the lock works properly.
Close up your glovebox and enjoy a fully functional glovebox door.
Please Note: If the pictures in this DIY should go down again, you can also click this link to find the DIY and pictures.http://www.pocketrocket.ca/glove_box.html
Modified by Waagenz at 8:05 PM 4-15-2004