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Old 02-04-2006, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs down Glove Box Shock Attachment Point...

...Is a Piece of Sh!t! So I finally decided to put a cabin air filter in the HVAC unit located behind the glove box. (Toyota again trying to save money on the '05's while they charge premium dollar for a truck...came to their senses though for the '06 and made it standard...)In order to get to it, you need to detach the shock (dampens the glove box when you open it) from the right side. Well, I did that and put in the air filter, and re-attached the shock but now the damn thing keeps coming detached!!! There is a plastic stud that's molded into the lower dash. This stud is what the shock snaps onto. Well, now the shock just keeps popping off. Everytime I open the glove box with a CD case, the shock just pops off and the glove box slams down. Looks like the only way to replace this plastic stud is to replace the whole dash!!
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Old 02-04-2006, 10:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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...Is a Piece of Sh!t! So I finally decided to put a cabin air filter in the HVAC unit located behind the glove box. (Toyota again trying to save money on the '05's while they charge premium dollar for a truck...came to their senses though for the '06 and made it standard...)In order to get to it, you need to detach the shock (dampens the glove box when you open it) from the right side. Well, I did that and put in the air filter, and re-attached the shock but now the damn thing keeps coming detached!!! There is a plastic stud that's molded into the lower dash. This stud is what the shock snaps onto. Well, now the shock just keeps popping off. Everytime I open the glove box with a CD case, the shock just pops off and the glove box slams down. Looks like the only way to replace this plastic stud is to replace the whole dash!!
I feel your anger mine is still off and I cannot get it to go back on without falling back off!
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Old 02-04-2006, 10:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Looking at that plastic stud that the shock mounts to, there is a slot in the middle of it. I am gonna try and put a small zip tie through the middle of it. That way, the damn thing won't slip in-board and off. I'll see if this works and post any results.
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Old 02-04-2006, 10:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I jammed a little papper in the slot until I figure out something better. I think the dealer should cover this under warranty and replace the whole panel. I wonder if 06 is any better?
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Old 02-04-2006, 10:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Use a screw driver to spread the little nub apart. This should make it fit tighter, Unless you have really goobered it up and fatigued the plastic.
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Old 02-04-2006, 01:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Good news group, I have the same issue with my 06 Prerunner. After checking the filter the shock mount will no longer hold. At the first service I mentioned it in passing to the service adviser and he walk right in the office and ordered a whole new dash! The dash just came in and I have an appointment this week to work on it. I may even get a rental if it takes over a day to do! It looks like it was manufactured with a sag in the tab. I debated on whether to have the whole dash replaced or just use the heat gun to soften and straighten tab. It was a hard choice because I wonder if they will be able to get it back together as good as it was because rattles drive me CRAZY!

I will report back once the job is done.

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Old 02-04-2006, 09:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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that thing is a total POS.
What I did was to drill a small hole into the middle of the plastic nub.
I then ran a small self tapping sheet metal screw into the middle of the nub from the end.
It spreads the tabs apart and will expand them enough and still be able to put the shock absorber over the tabs. It works pretty good and maybe better than having the entire dash replaced.
Good luck with yours tacoman. Let us know how it goes for ya.
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Old 02-04-2006, 09:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I bet the engineer that designed that part got a "D" on their final project in college.

Reminds me of a joke... What do you call a student that graduated last in their class at medical school???

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Old 02-04-2006, 09:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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that thing is a total POS.
What I did was to drill a small hole into the middle of the plastic nub.
I then ran a small self tapping sheet metal screw into the middle of the nub from the end.
It spreads the tabs apart and will expand them enough and still be able to put the shock absorber over the tabs. It works pretty good and maybe better than having the entire dash replaced.
Good luck with yours tacoman. Let us know how it goes for ya.
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Old 02-04-2006, 09:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I will see If I can get one. I just hate taking that piece of shit apart any more than I have too. As you guys know every time you pull that shock off is one step closer to the POS breaking off completely.
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Old 02-04-2006, 10:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I had my glove fiberglassed to fit an 8" woofer and suffer from the same problem. I'm going to the dealer Monday for an oil change and to buy some fuses, should I mention it?
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Old 02-05-2006, 12:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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my 2 cents

I know what you guys mean especially if not being careful enough around plastic pieces to break! Here's what I did and hope this help to fellow tacoma owner's! Basically I just cut the back of the glove box so I don't have to deal with popping the glove box every time to get to the filter!

Note the filter door is open here, a little tight, but able to get to the tabs!


Here's the door closed, I probably should have cut a little more for easier access, all well, good enough! Good luck!



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Old 02-05-2006, 01:11 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Dude why did you cutt your glove box? It is very easy to take it off and on without having to cutt it!
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Old 02-05-2006, 01:30 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Do you guys manhandle your gloveboxes or what? I've had mine off and on probably 20 times and it still works fine. All you have to do is spread out the nub when it starts to get loose on the shock.
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Old 02-05-2006, 02:20 AM   #15 (permalink)
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If I recall correctly there are two holes on the shock and you use the second one from the top. If you use the top hole the shock will pop off or bend the tab. otherwise it is pretty simple to put back together. There is no need to do any mod.

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