Glove Box removal and repair of lowering arm with pics...
Right after discovering last weekend that the lowering arm for my glove box was broken and meant when you opened it, it just dropped down and the light didn't come on. So I set about removing it and repairing it today. Below I'll list everything I did to successfully achieve this:
Remove the 7 bolts that hold the glove box in place. Pointed out in the photos below with arrows.
Right now the bolts are removed carefully place the glove box on its side, I did not disconnect the loom connected to the glove box as didn't want to have to plug into vagcom to clear air bag code, so I carefully placed the glovebox on the opposite end to the arm which i was to work on.
Glove box is placed in the footwell in the pic below.
Right next the broken arm...
Carefully remove the lowering barrel by twisting half a turn anticlockwise and it just pops off.
With the arm removed carefully remove the pin holding the broken part of the arm to the barrel. I acheived this by using some long nose pliers to pinch the clip together whilst pulling on the pin.
With the broken part now free, I used superglue to relocate it to the broken other half.
With the arm superglued back in place I now set about re-enforcing the joint. I decided to use some carbon fiber however, layres of epoxy resin or some fiberglass would do to strengthen the joint.
Step one coat wil base gell till tacky, apply carbon fiber strip to top and bottom and then coat in resin mixed with accelerant.
Once dry reconnect the pin to the barrel. I then had to clean up the carbon fiber arround the joint before refitting the glove box and checking it works!!!
Glove box opening
Glove box closed
Hope this is helpfull, quite easy to do took all in all about 2hrs.