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Yesterday when opening my glove box i heard a snapping noise which has resulted in not being able to close it!!! so very frustratingly i have to drive around with it open! (Even taping it shut doesnt keep it shut!)

Have looked on the inner side of the box door and the little plastic pegs that move in and out when you pull the leaver have fallen inside the door! Has this happened to anyone else and how easy is it to fix the lock, what needs replacing and how do you take it apart?

For such a minor unimportant feature its really annoying me!!!!

Any help appreciated!
 

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Snap, (bad joke) the same thing has happened to me, I'm using 2 large balls of blue tack at the moment strategically placed in each corner of the door which is working fine. At least until I find out for sure if it can be fixed DIY or get it replaced by the stealers.

The stealers have quoted me ?114.72 all in (new lid and fitting) or 58.73 just for the door they have said that the lid mech cannot be repaired as it is sealed. I cant say for sure if this is right (theiving swines they are), but it looks pretty sealed to me. If it needs replacing as a last resort it can't do any harm trying to pry it open and attempt to fix it yourself just before getting it replaced.

Let me know how you get on or if you find somewhere cheaper.
 

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Cheers. nice to know im not alone. i dont even know how it happened, i only opened it!!! (i assumed thats what you do with em??) Thats shocking about the price! theres no way i'm paying that, unless i come to sell it of course, didnt think of blu tak! may have to give that a go, as passengers have to sit there holding it shut at the moment :O)

Have you tried a salvage company to see if they have any golfs with the glove box still in? i say STILL in cos believe it or not the one i phoned yesterday said it had already been removed (tells its own story!)

I'll let you know if i find anything, if you could do the same that would be great!

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Happened to me as well, luckily it was in warrenty (I don't get all the luck though - need new cooling fans and my roof resprayed at the mo!!). I think the difficult bit it replacing removing the lock mech and putting it in the new glovebox.

All I did was open mine and heard a clunk!
 

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Yeh, all I did was open it, I just heard a snap. I wouldn't mined but I only use the glove box to take out the log book when the car got serviced!

Yeh might try a few salvage yaurds, cant be more than 15-20quid second hand (I'm a skin flint when it comes down to stuff that doesn't improve the performance of my car).
 

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Cool! cheers, looks like a proper bo guide ;O)

(Looks kinda tricky tho!)

hmmmm so still left with the problem of finding a new Glove box/Door.....
 

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you can add me to the list!

mine broke couple of months back but still havn't found a replacement
one yet and i aint paying the stealer that much just for the lid. at
the mo its held up with some cloth sqeezed between the little gaps[:)]
 

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Just fitted new glove box lid, cost ?53 from main dealer with Club GTI discount, whole job took about an hour ( I had already taken the box out last week to see if it could be fixed. I even cut a section out of the inside with a Dremel to access the workings but found that the problem was that two small tags which hold the pivots had broken ). I found none of the breakers have decent second hand lids cause so many of them break.

To remove the lock there are four small mouldings holding it inside the lid, if you open it up like I did its easy to release them. put the key in the lock before removing it as small parts and even smaller springs will fall out if you don't.Keep the lock the right way up and just push it into the hole in the new lid untill it clicks into place.A Haynes manuals a good investment as it tells you how to remove trim etc. will save a fortune on loads of little jobs.
 

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Cheers Chris, Looks like i may have to just bite my lip and pay it. Worries me a bit though spending that much when i know that just opening it could break any new one i put in!! (Why oh why does it have to be so awquard - bloomin VW!)

Everything else has failed - temporary taping, blu tak (GT1UK how did you get blu tak to hold it shut exactly? - wont work for me!)

.....shocking, absolutely shocking.........
 

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As a temporary measure was thinking i might buy some magnetic strips to keep it shut? anyone know if this will keep it shut bearing in mind how heavy the lid is?? (cant justify spending 60+ on it right now...) and anyone know where you can buy that stuff???

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cheers, might have to go for that. have just glued a couple of velcro strips into my glove box to keep it shut temporarily. has still popped open once when i went over a bump though!! Think they purposely made the lid so heavy so that you cant keep it shut when it breaks!!!
 

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Easy repair - (got from another board) - just take off glove box door and although it is a sealed unit ie two halves glued together, you can prise these apart carefully using wide bladed knives. Do this on a padded bench to keep the front clean.

There are about 50 glue joins internally and they make a load noise as you break them apart. Nonetheless, if done carefully all of the parts do come away without any visible damage.

The usual problem (so I've read and mine) is the pivots for the white rockers. The pips break off the ends and then everything falls out. Easy solution is to drill a 4mm hole right through this boss - into the inside surface of the glove compartment. Put a 4mm bolt with a low profile head (pozi washer head) from the outside-in; put a washer and nut on the pivot side. Put locking compound on the nut to stop it undoing (I hit the nut/bolt with a centrepunch). Ensure that there is a little slack under the washer such that when it is done up tight, the mechanism doesn't jam.

The other chap said stick a self tapper down the blind hole - this saves on the visible screw head on the inside, but I couldn;'t find the right self tapper. The boss can be drilled out at least 4mm more without going through to the outside if you wanted to.

Gluing it back is relatively easy. Just use evostick on both sides and be very careful as its an impact adhesive.

But it works and costs zero (bit of glue and a couple of M4 nuts, bolts and washers)

~Bob is definitely your uncle.

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Cheers for this advice,

My door recently broke and the dealers wanted ?58 for a new door alone, I'd still have to fit it myself so I decided to sort it myself. Same problem as everyone else, the black plastic hinge for one of the white rockers had snapped and the rocker had fallen off. I tried simply replacing the rocker and glueing the door back together. Seemed to be working fine until I screwed the whole glove box unit back into the car only to find the rocker had fallen off again! Had to unscrew the centre console again! Was a bit irritated to say the least. So anyway, took your advice and drilled through and fitted a nut and washer to hold the rockers in place. Did both of them just incase the other side decides to break. Hell of a lot cheaper than ?58!
 

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Our glovebox has just failed too. Currently sellotaped shut and will probably end up at the stealers (service due soon) to be fixed[:mad:]

The quality and reliability of this so called "quality" car is shocking. Only my SAAB was worse.

AnilS.
 

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I'd have a go yourself if I were you mate. Worse case is you break it beyond repair and you have to buy a new door but since your planning on doing that anyway you haven't got anythin to lose.

I re-fitted mine this yesterday. Just followed the easy repair guide above. Door's working fine now and saved me a few bob. Car's being serviced right now and I can't really afford luxuries like ?60 glove box doors! Hope you get it sorted anyway.
 

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Easy repair - (got from another board) - just take off glove box door and although it is a sealed unit ie two halves glued together, you can prise these apart carefully using wide bladed knives. Do this on a padded bench to keep the front clean.

There are about 50 glue joins internally and they make a load noise as you break them apart. Nonetheless, if done carefully all of the parts do come away without any visible damage.

The usual problem (so I've read and mine) is the pivots for the white rockers. The pips break off the ends and then everything falls out. Easy solution is to drill a 4mm hole right through this boss - into the inside surface of the glove compartment. Put a 4mm bolt with a low profile head (pozi washer head) from the outside-in; put a washer and nut on the pivot side. Put locking compound on the nut to stop it undoing (I hit the nut/bolt with a centrepunch). Ensure that there is a little slack under the washer such that when it is done up tight, the mechanism doesn't jam.

The other chap said stick a self tapper down the blind hole - this saves on the visible screw head on the inside, but I couldn;'t find the right self tapper. The boss can be drilled out at least 4mm more without going through to the outside if you wanted to.

Gluing it back is relatively easy. Just use evostick on both sides and be very careful as its an impact adhesive.

But it works and costs zero (bit of glue and a couple of M4 nuts, bolts and washers)

~Bob is definitely your uncle.

Enjoy.
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ye great gide m8 ive pulled the plastic off ( when the glove box is still in the car ) then every thing feel ou the bottom so havent got a clue where it all goes[:$] soo if some 1 manadges to take any pics of theres with no front plastic on would be much apperciated many thanks jase
 

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ye great gide david ive pulled the plastic off ( when the glove box is still in the car ) then every thing feel ou the bottom so havent got a clue where it all goes[:$] soo if some 1 manadges to take any pics of theres with no front plastic on would be much apperciated many thanks jase
 
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