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How to remove glovebox

AndymacA4 Jul 19, 2009

  1. AndymacA4

    AndymacA4 Member

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    My glovebox left hand side hinge broke today, it leaves the glovebox swinging on the other hinge. I need to remove it to have a look at fixing it. Anyone know the method of removing the glovebox assembly?

    Also, any ideas of how to fix it? Do I have to get a whole new glovebox, or just a new hinge?

    Anyone who can shed any light I'd appreciate it.

    Cheers

    Andy
     
  2. NHN

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

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    Removal would be via the bolts that are fixed from underneath, from the side & within the glovebox itself, get your torch out & the side panel should just pop of to reveal the side of the dash, if the hinge has snapped then I would try & bond it back together with some pins of some form & epoxy.

    You'd need to take the front lid of & the other hinge part to be able to do this & then let it set for 2 days hard, but just make sure when bonding together you drill out with a dremel some holes in the 2 parts, use something like dowelling, nails, etc to connect the 2 pieces & use epoxy to bond the nails etc in place & the 2 hinge parts together.

    Smear the hinge parts over the break then grind it of flat when solid, I've bonded things back together like this, did my glovebox closer unit as that snapped & hasnt been problem since.

    Got picture of the break then can see if possible using this method.
     
  3. J7USS

    J7USS Shuddup Foooool!!

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    I used this method that the 'Original;)' AndyMac did & posted up!!
    Just make sure you Lubricate the piston mechanism at the side - you'll see it when you take the side cover off!:icon_thumright:

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  4. AndymacA4

    AndymacA4 Member

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    Nice one, I'll pull it out and have a look, I think the epoxy and pins route first, and if that doesn't work, big bit of angle iron will come next.

    Cheers

    Andy
     
  5. AndymacA4

    AndymacA4 Member

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    Got the thing of. Took 2 bolts underneath, 2 from the side and 3 up top!

    I've gone with 2 part araldite as attempt number one. The break is pretty clean, the damper looked fine and worked fine, yet since I've had the car the glove box has just flopped open, and has often been a pig to get to close. I reckon the hinge had part broken before I bought the car, and the last bit of plastic was acting as a flappy hinge.

    Anyway, its now curing for its 16 hours before 'rough handling'

    If this fails, it'll be metal putty and a dirty great headless screw to try plan B.

    Plan C is a big bit of angle iron!

    I will win, but plans B and C won't look pretty if I do them!
     
  6. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes araldite won't be enough I'm afraid, you will need a metal bracket as well as the leverage on that part of the hinge is a lot (that's why it broke in the first place).
     
  7. neddynasty

    neddynasty New Member

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    How exactly do you take the front lid off? I've had a look underneath and there looks like a couple of pins holding the hinges in place. Do these just pull out?

    I have the same problem and i don't want to break it further!
     
  8. NHN

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    They will probably just push out mate.
     
  9. tre_audi

    tre_audi New Member

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    AUDI A4 glove box removal and hinge repair DIY
     
  10. Colin Anderton3

    Colin Anderton3 Member

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    hello, how I sought of fixed mine was to use a narrow leather strap cut a couple of inches off it and drill a small hole in the lid and underneath and secure the strap to the holes it is not the best but it keeps it in place and works for me, getting a second hand lid is like getting hens teeth, cheers from Colin
     
  11. palfy86

    palfy86 Active Member Audi A4

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    To remove the glove box lid/door all you need to do is remove those pins through the hinges (1x pin per hinge). "Mole" grips and a hammer is what i used to remove mine.
     

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