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    Thread: how to open glove box with broken handle?

    1. Member Alfredo_mk3's Avatar
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      09-17-2009 07:57 PM #1
      so, the handle on my glovebox broke somehow??? i have all my cars papers i would need if i got pulled over...

      how do i open the glove box if the handle is broken?? the handle itself isnt broken, but i pull it to open like normal, but i feel no force, or feel a click or anything? i see a little plastic piece that looks broken inbetween the handle and actual glovebox...

      car in question is a 98' jetta gl


    2. 09-17-2009 08:33 PM #2
      well, mine is broken in a way that I can actually take out the handle. I just poke a key or a screwdriver in the lower part where there is a rectangle, pull it to the left and voila'. Feel free to ask for pictures if you cant understand me.

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      09-17-2009 08:40 PM #3
      i bought a beater with a broken glove box....got a screw driver to wedge in the gap and pried/beat it until it broke open ...then bought a working one at a junk yard
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      09-17-2009 08:55 PM #4
      Quote, originally posted by vwjettavr697 »
      well, mine is broken in a way that I can actually take out the handle. I just poke a key or a screwdriver in the lower part where there is a rectangle, pull it to the left and voila'. Feel free to ask for pictures if you cant understand me.

      That happened to me. Works too.


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      09-17-2009 10:08 PM #5
      pics would help alot....and i think i read or saw a diagram somewhere that showed only one screw holds the glovebox in?? somewhere under the leg area towards the middle of the car??

      i'll have to see if i can find a glovebox at a junkyard...but actual vw's are HARD to find around here...none here in town, and last i went out of town there was two jettas...


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      09-17-2009 10:15 PM #6
      break it and buy a new one

      im sure a screwdriver will do the trick

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      09-18-2009 01:23 AM #7
      yeah my handle comes out completely also and i dont even to use a screw driver i can just slide the tab to the side and it pops open
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    8. 09-18-2009 02:02 AM #8
      Yep I use a small screwdriver or a key too

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      09-18-2009 02:17 AM #9
      hmm, ill see if i can figure it out tomorrow...first it wouldnt close, now it wont open, and handle is broken...like it does everything to open, but it doesnt open..haha

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      09-18-2009 08:36 AM #10
      I don't have a picture, I used a piece of metal from a electrician's fish tape. A flat springy metal with a slight curve on the end. The metal is about 1/4" wide. Slide it from the top where the handle would be and activate the latch. I bought a replacement from the dealer at nominal cost.

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      09-18-2009 08:48 AM #11
      Stick a pen or pencil all the way in the hole and jerk it to the right abruptly,
      No seriously... it works
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      09-18-2009 09:08 AM #12
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      01-24-2011 03:56 PM #13
      This just happened in my Mk3 Jetta GL!! My wallet is in there! The entire handle/lock tumbler just disintegrated when I went to unlock and open it!! Gah!
      I tried putting the key in but can't figure out what mechanism opens the latch.
      Anyone have pics??
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      01-24-2011 04:04 PM #14
      Depends on if you're planning on breaking it or not.

      Personally, if I REALLY needed to get in there in a hurry, I'd pry the thing open with a hammer/crowbar/huge knife/bare hands.

      If you don't want to break it, disregard my advice.
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      01-24-2011 07:50 PM #15
      I broke mine a few months back, but all I have to do is use something to push the grey piece to the right to open it. Normally I just use my key and press toward the right side which releases the latch very easily (that's all your handle did anyway). Mine is a '98 Wolfie.

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      01-24-2011 08:05 PM #16
      I used a butter knife! lol Thanks!
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      01-24-2011 08:31 PM #17
      I've got some unbroken glove box handles FS. even a silver face 3.5 one.
      yes, you can just change the handle and keep your old glovebox, it's 2 screws.

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      01-24-2011 10:09 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by toothpick View Post
      I've got some unbroken glove box handles FS. even a silver face 3.5 one.
      yes, you can just change the handle and keep your old glovebox, it's 2 screws.
      At $35 a pop, he's better off buying a whole new glovebox

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      01-24-2011 10:38 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by LG6R View Post
      At $35 a pop, he's better off buying a whole new glovebox
      good luck finding a 3.5 silver key'd one dude.
      my friend even has a 3.5 cabby with only a black key'd handle...

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