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Old 05-24-2003, 10:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy broken glove box latch

Hello everyone!

I have a question for the Corolla gods. Hopefully someone can help me out.

My buddy has a 1998 LE and the latch on his glove box broke so he can't open it anymore. I tried to take the entire panel apart, but it seems that even though I was able to get out the 3 screws along the top of the panel, the whole glove box was still hanging off the latch. I ran my hand along the back and the latch but couldn't figure out how it works.

Does anyone have any idea how I can get the darn thing open (and fixed)? Could someone post a picture of the latch mechanism so that I could see what it looks like and how it works? I appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks!
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Old 05-30-2003, 12:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Question

Anyone...? Please?
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Old 06-10-2003, 09:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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C'mon.... Someone must have some idea about this...!
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Old 06-10-2003, 10:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Get a new glove box from the wreckers?
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Old 06-10-2003, 11:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Take it back to the dealership.
can't charge you more than $50 to fix it.
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Old 06-10-2003, 11:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Take it apart more.

Practically every dash piece is held on by every other piece.

Just keep taking it apart untill you can get the door open (don't forget how to put it back together) and then examine the latch to determine why it does not function. You might have to dismantle the center console to get to the passanger side dash connections, once the dash piece is off, you should be able to get to the hinges and unscrew them.

If you can't get it all the way apart, get a haynes manual, it should tell you how.

If it doesn't, call the parts department of a dealership and see if you can talk to a mechanic and pick his brain.

I'll see if I can find some pics for you dude.
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Old 06-10-2003, 11:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks, Chris. I'd really appreciate those pictures. As I mentioned earlier, I took apart the whole thing, but either there's one last screw that I can't see that's still holding the whole panel in place, or the panel is hanging off the latch from the glovebox itself. I get the feeling it's the later. Anyway, I'm hoping that if I see a picture of the latch, I might figure out how to pop it open from the back.
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Old 06-10-2003, 11:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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O.K., this doesn't show exactly what I want, but this is the same car and you can see the edge of the passanger side dash panel.
I believe you will have to take out the center console as shown here (start with the two screws in side the console box and move on from there). Then you can access the upper center console panels and remove those, then you can get to the screws for the panel around the glove box, and once you remove that, you should be able to unscrew the hinges of the glovebox door and take a look at that latch. If you don't want to go through all of this bullshit, then go with cosmicbutthairs' sugestion



P.S. I have never done this, this is just an educated guess, so take it with a grain of salt
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Old 06-19-2003, 02:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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if your car is still under warranty the dealer have to replace it for no charge. And the warranty will have to be in between 3 years or 36,000 miles you know standar warranty
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Old 06-19-2003, 02:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This car is 5 years old so it's definitly not covered by the bumper-to-bumper waranty that is 3years or 36,000 miles, which ever comes first.
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Old 06-19-2003, 05:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for taking down that stupid post from before, Chris.

Thanks also for that picture, but it really doesn't show me what I need to see. I'm sure I don't need to take apart the center console to remove the glovebox. What I really need is a picture of the actual latch.

Could someone post a picture of the actual glovebox latch, please?
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Old 06-19-2003, 06:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yeah I know that pic didn't show the latch. But I though you did need to take out the center dash bits because there is a flange (I thought) on the left side of the dash piece around the glovebox which is under the center dash piece.
I am not clear about what you managed to get off and why you couldn't get at the latch. I would post a pic of my own latch but I don't have a dig. cam.
I'll try and remember to look at mine at least and check my Haynes to see if I can give you more info or scan a pic from haynes....
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Any chance on that pic or scan from Haynes, Chris? I appreciate it.
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Old 06-26-2003, 10:54 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Shit man, I've been crazy busy and I forgot about this. I have been moving and my manual is still at my old place. I am going there after work and before school tonight, so I will try and remmeber to check it out for you!
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Old 06-30-2003, 05:47 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Pic!

Here yah go man:
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