About a week ago one of my co-workers broke my glove box door while she was attempting to get her wallet/purse out of my glovebox. Of course, she knew nothing about using finesse when opening and closing the glove box door, and naturally it snapped!
I thought: GREAT! What a wonderful Christmas present!
Today I had a chance to look around the glove box and actually I fixed everything very easily. I did some modifications on the glove box to avoid future damage.
I am not responsible for any damage inflicted to you, your vehicle, your pet or your signifficant other by using this DIY. It comes with no warranty or guarantee for sucess. It is provided to you free of charge and you are welcome to modify it as much as you like for your own purposes. Use it as a pictorial guide only!
PARTS AND TOOLS NEEDED:
1. Various screwdriver bits: torx, flat head and phillips.
2. Superglue (I used the Walmart brand)
3. A small drill or utility knife
4. Couple of drops of clean engine oil or other liquid lubricant
STEP 1: DISASSEMBLY:
Notes: First off, let me shed some light on the glove box assembly. The globe box door is held with two hinged to the glove box cage. Also, there are two arms that restrict how much you can open the glove box door. Finally, there is a pneumatic shock on the right side of the glove box which connects the glove box door with the actual glove box compartment. The purpose of this pneumatic shock is to slow down the movement of the door instead of just letting it slam open.
The problem however is that this pneumatic shock is too stiff, especially when it is cold. It is because the shock is too stiff COMBINED WITH USER IMPATIENCE, that the the door hindes break so often.
Here, I am offering a cheap, easy repair of the broken hinge AND a modification of the shock so that the chance of it breaking again is minimal.
1. Start by carefully opening the glove box and emptying the contents.
2. With the door open, carefully pry off the side dash panel:
3. Here is how my glove box broke:
4. From the side of the dash, look inside and close to where the glovebox door attaches to the dash. You should see something like this:
5. Remove this round plastic pint. This pin is part of the hinge machanism.
6. Here is how the shock looks like:
7. Here is where the shock mounts to the glove box:
8. Your goal is to remove the shock along with the broken hinge part out of the glove box. You can see that the shock twists in the shock mount as you open and close the glove box door.
9. Using a torx bit, disassemble the shock mount from the broken hinge piece:
10. Next, remove the hinge connector from the top of the shock:
STEP 2: SHOCK MODIFICATIONS:
1. Pry off the white plastic cap from the shock. Be carefull as it is spring loaded and things will fly off.
2. Here is how the shock looks like from the inside:
Basically, you have a piston in a closed cylinder and a return spring.
3. Cut some of the spring coils out:
4. Drill a small hole at the back of the shock body:
5. Finally, put about 2-3 drops of clean engine oil or other heat resisting lubricant of your choice inside the shock body. I did not want to use regular grease because the grease also stiffens when cold. Engine oil seemed the right choice.
6. Assemble the shock back. You will notice how much easier it is for the piston to move back and forth. Yet, it still provides some cusioning for the glove box door.
*Cutting some of the spring coils will allow for shorter path of piston under tension
*Drilling a hole at the back of the shock will allow air to exit faster and thus you will be able to close the glove box faster without putting too much tension on the hinges
*The oil allows for faster piston movement.
STEP 3: FIXING THE BROKEN PIECES:
1. Using superglue, glue the broken piece of the hinge back to the glove box door:
2. Make sure you line things up correctly so that there is no tension on the hinge.
3. Allow it to dry for couple of hours or overnight.
STEP 4: INSTALLING THE SHOCK MECHANISM:
1. Once you have the hinge glued back together, put the hinge pin in to hold the door in place and travel its normal path.
2. Next, attache the shock back to the shock mount:
3. Close the glove box. This is crucial! You will see how the shock-to-hinge pin mount will line up with the front of the shock. This is the easiest way to do it
4. Finally, slide the pin that connects the shock with the hinge mount.
5. Carefully test the operation of the glove box. You will be pleased with the improvement!
It was easy: I did not have to disassemble the glove box or the dash.
It was dirt cheap: paid only $1.06 for the superglue!
It was fast: 2 hours of working 12 hours of waiting for the glue to harden completely
Modified by vasillalov at 5:30 PM 12-25-2005