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Old 01-24-2021, 03:22 PM   #1
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Default glovebox latch no worky ?

95 d21 with a broken/jammed glovebox latch or lock. the lock feels like it tries to unlock, there is only a small amount of resistance about halfway through turning it with the key.

the latch feels like it's not releasing our something is jamming it's release.

any ideas how to open it without destroying my mint dash ?
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Old 01-24-2021, 04:32 PM   #2
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I don't remember how the glove box attaches at the hinge (sort of remembering two hokey plastic dowels ...), but look underneath to see if there's some exposed screws for their lower-mount.
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Can you open it?

If so, just take it off and find a replacement.
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Can you open it?

If so, just take it off and find a replacement.

no, the locking mechanism is stuck in the locked position
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What did you see looking underneath; are the hinge/attachments exposed?
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Old 01-26-2021, 05:24 PM   #6
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P.S. I'll assume you sprayed some WD-40 into the lock already. And tried pushing the door up and down while jiggling the key to see if it will release.
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I believe the glovebox lock mechanism is only plastic(I could be wrong though). I looked at my glovebox and the latching mechanism that goes up to “lock” the glovebox is plastic. Looks like an angled end of a chisel and is possibly spring loaded. I recently pulled my glovebox fully apart. I do recall some screws holding some items together. But there is only 2 #2 Philips screws holding the glovebox locking mechanism to the inside of the door. There is also 2 small plastic dowels that the glovebox rides on in 2 slots on either side of the box’s door. Might be able to fanaggle the dowels out of the slots to drop the glove box door down and free to look into that jammed locking mechanism.

Possible internal broken locking mechanism?

Edit - I can unscrew and remove my locking mechanism and take a closer look and attach some photos with, hopefully, some good looks at the mechanism.

Edit Edit - Here are photos of my '97 glove box. I haven't unscrewed the locking mechanism with the 2 holding screws yet.

@LugNut - I do believe if the plastic pins/dowels are pulled inward(like on mine). The glove box would POSSIBLY drop. There are a few screws for the framework of the glove box. But I don'y believe they hold the the GB in place. The plastic pins/dowels do that job.







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I just looked at my 1990. No key/lock, so I'd spray WD-40 in the slots where the two opposed buttons are pushed togther. Inside, those buttons retract two, short steel pins.

Underneath, there are the two cheapo plastic dowel/hinges. But they each have about a one inch long handle to help pull the pins out. IDK, if pulled out, if the GB will come out.

Interesting that I remembered those plastic dowels/pins! I was almost exactly 31 years ago that I needed to pull the glove box to run an antenna wire -- the truck didn't come with an antenna (or radio), but fortunately had the hole for its mount already in the RF fender.
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Looking at this picture from PorknBeans, it may be possible to get a screwdriver or upholstery tool to squeeze in there and pop the glovebox open.
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I’d use my “Slim Jim” tool for unlocking car doors and such(wink wink)...

Is the ‘95 XE glove box the same as the ‘97 GB?

LugNut has the unlockable/squeeze type mechanism. OP says he has a lockable box.
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