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Unread 08-11-2011, 10:43 PM   #1
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Glove compartment latch broke -- now what?

Has anyone had a glove compartment latch break on them? Mine broke and unfortunately I can't figure out how to open it. Any suggestions as I'm drawing a blank as to how I get this open.

Thanks.

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Unread 08-12-2011, 07:30 AM   #2
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Unread 08-12-2011, 07:33 AM   #3
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Large flathead screw driver imo. Pry that baby open.
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Unread 08-12-2011, 07:36 AM   #4
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There are 6 screws under the glove box that hold it on. Unscrew them and yank it out. Should pop right off the latch. Then go to the junk yard and get a new glove box.
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Unread 08-12-2011, 08:42 AM   #5
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if you pry down a little bit on the top of the glove box, you may be able to get a screwdriver on the two screws that hold the catch to the dash... there are two tabs on the catch that can be accessed if you unscrew the top dash cover enough to get a little room. if you yank there is a good chance of breaking a lot of plastic dash pieces.



unscrew the bottoms and pry off the two rivets and that will free up the bottom.

oh and yes, my jeep is a 93, but i transplanted a 96 dash in...
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Unread 08-12-2011, 10:49 AM   #6
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Last night I got it open by pushing down on the bottom half of the latch area that was broken which disengaged the latch. Now that I have it open I'm having some trouble figuring out how to get to the latch. I did see the screws + 2 rivets and I think I'll just drill out the 2 rivets. Then I need to find a replacement or see if I can swap in.
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Unread 08-13-2011, 09:57 AM   #7
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does is seems like its jammed and the key won't turn? Mine did that so i look off the screws holding the lock itself and it jams up their and holds the glove box shut.
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Unread 08-13-2011, 05:18 PM   #8
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The glovebox for 96+ is different. Mine is broken too, I'm waiting to find another one but I'm just gonna take the screws out and pull as was previously suggested. It seems it's a fairly common occurrence in ZJ's to have a glovebox only for decoration.
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Unread 08-13-2011, 05:22 PM   #9
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I ended up getting it opened by pushing down on the plastic where the handle broke (it just pushes on a lever connected to the locking mechanism). I then removed the inside screws that held the glove box in place. Removed the latch mechanism then reassembled with the screws. I then bought some sticky back Velcro from Home Depot and used that to keep the glove box closed. $3.50 solution vs buying a new handle or drilling out the rivet. I found that once you get the screws out you have to pry open the plastic to get to the locking mechanism, then it snaps back into place.





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Unread 05-10-2014, 07:01 AM   #10
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Add me to the list. I got a kick out of all those pry marks. How many curse words does it require?
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