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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, May-12-2006, 05:37:17 PM   #11
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Then the door won't stay shut unless I lock it...tried that.
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Same here.

Its not really a problem with the area near the locking mechanism, its more of a problem with the right corner of the glovebox being mis shaped.

I'm thinking the only way to fix my particular problem is to get a new glovebox
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Default Re: Fix a sagging glove box door.

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Found this earlier today, can't wait to go home and fix mine.


http://www.understeer.com/glovebox.shtml
Wow thanks the Ws M3 I really appreciate this thread because of course I have a sagging E36 glove box and people always say that it's the bushings that hold the glove box in that go not just the latch but I'll give this a shot and see how it goes.
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Drill into a fragile interior part? Hell to the ****ing no!
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Old Mon, Oct-09-2017, 08:19:59 AM   #15
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It’s the vent trim’s plastic tabs/hooks. Replace the vent trim and be done. No hacking, sawing, glueing, forging or bodgeing.
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^ correct. Its about $85, just replaced mine.
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Default Re: Fix a sagging glove box door.

If you are lucky, your sagging glove box door is due to the right vent trim panel fitting loosely in the dashboard. This part has the usual under-engineered e36 plastic tabs that are sure to break if someone carelessly pulled the panel out at one point in the past. This is why the screw trick can work - as it tightens the fit of this panel against the dashboard. Ultimately, the better solution is to just get a brand new panel, or get lucky and find one in a junkyard car that has intact mounting tabs.

Another possibility for the glovebox door sag is excessive wear in the U-bracket on the backside of the glovebox door, or in the latch lever in the lock assembly. To remedy this, the U-bracket has a small amount of adjustability, and it is possible to put a layer or two of electrical tape around the U-bracket where it will make contact with the latch lever. If those don't help, its also possible to play around with the positioning of the lock mechanism to force the latch lever to physically be more towards the firewall, essentially closing the gap that way. In my case, that's what I had to do after replacing the vent trim panel with a tight-fitting one, and playing around with the U-bracket on the backside of the glovebox door didn't improve the sag well enough. I forget exactly how I did this, but recall it involved some dremel work and shimming. I could document this as I've never seen a DIY thread describing what I did here.
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...tabs that are sure to break if someone carelessly pulled the panel out at one point in the past...
That's it right there.

The glovebox and vent trim needs to come out as a whole, before the vent trim can be taken off without breaking the tabs.

If (and many do/did) try to first take the vent trim out (which doesn't even make it easier), the tabs will break.
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In addition to the saggy door, does anyone else also have a loose center push button that opens glove box door? Mine falls off (doesn't stay secure on).
I was going to order a new glovebox to fix sag but when I get some time I will check and see if tabs are broken on vent piece section first.
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Nope, never had that. Cars are 21 and 19 years old.
No sagging neither.
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