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    Default Glovebox lid stuck

    The glovebox lid on me VK is being a bitch and refuses to open.
    Tried locking/unlocking/ wiggling/punching/swearing and still nothing.
    Anyone got any tricks, as i'm thinking i will damage it if i keep trying or do i just get a Locksmith?

    Thanks.

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    ... never heard of them failing (the catch that is)
    but anyhow
    maybe a way to open it, is to push the plastic pin (which acts as the RH pivot)
    back into the glovebox itself (from under the dash) see pic...

    yes, you might need to remove the console, under dash cover etc
    but worth a look


    ps... GM do not call them a glovebox
    it is an 'instrument panel compartment'



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    Try a little squirt of Inox in the barrel. Slide the key in and out so the Inox lubricates the wafers inside the barrel.
    There may be something in your glove box putting pressure on the door.
    Push the glove box in a little while trying to unlock with the key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty2 View Post
    ... never heard of them failing (the catch that is)
    but anyhow
    maybe a way to open it, is to push the plastic pin (which acts as the RH pivot)
    back into the glovebox itself (from under the dash) see pic...

    yes, you might need to remove the console, under dash cover etc
    but worth a look


    ps... GM do not call them a glovebox
    it is an 'instrument panel compartment'



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    Iím with you Smitty on your idea.
    Iíve never heard of any dramas with those glove box locks and over the years and Iíve never had any issues with the one in my VH and VK.

    Good luck and hopefully nothing breaks in the process.

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    Thanks for the responses guys, especially the diagram Smitty.

    Marras, i don't believe it's a lubrication problem as the spring loaded thingy on the left side of the lock is ...well..no longer spring loaded.

    I don't wish to damage it in any way, as a second hand one will cost me about half my superannuation, going off prices being asked these days.

    Thanks again.

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    Can you drill it out if all else fails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EH179 View Post
    Thanks for the responses guys, especially the diagram Smitty.

    Marras, i don't believe it's a lubrication problem as the spring loaded thingy on the left side of the lock is ...well..no longer spring loaded.

    I don't wish to damage it in any way, as a second hand one will cost me about half my superannuation, going off prices being asked these days.

    Thanks again.
    .. had another thought!

    if you cannot access the pivot pin from under the dash (to push it back into the glovebox)
    then
    do you have a thin fret saw or similar? a small hand saw with a 1mm or so thick blade
    maybe you could cut the plastic pivot pin (and yes you would need to get another)

    available here..

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Genuine-...-/254793777993

    also 4blok have them.. $28 (!) each
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    Did you get it open EH?

    Had mine in the VC get a little sticky once or twice. Might need to know the technique one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COM081 View Post
    Did you get it open EH?

    Had mine in the VC get a little sticky once or twice. Might need to know the technique one day.
    Havn't had a chance to look yet.

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