How to fix a broken glove compartment

Updated February 21, 2017

A car’s glove box becomes the repository of countless small items that come in handy during a trip. You can fix a broken glove compartment that refuses to stay closed by replacing the locking latch. You'll need a few commonly found tools but also some experience in using tools in tight quarters. A replacement locking latch is available from a car supply or car aftermarket store. Fixing the broken glove compartment will not void any warranty on the car.

Lower the glove compartment lid until it stops.

Grab hold of the plastic stop in the left back side of the glove compartment with your fingers. Rotate the plastic stop 1/4 turn counterclockwise with your fingers.

Pull the plastic stop out with your fingers. Place the plastic stop aside for later. Repeat this procedure with the plastic stop in the right backside of the glove compartment.

Place a hand on each side of the glove compartment. Pull the glove compartment slightly toward you.

Remove the two screws surrounding the locking latch at the top front inside edge of the glove compartment with the 7mm socket nut driver. Place the screws aside for later.

Pull the locking latch out of the glove compartment. Discard the locking latch in the trash.

Place the replacement locking latch into the position just occupied by the original locking latch. Reattach the screws.

Push the glove compartment away from you. Insert a plastic tab each into the holes on the left and right side of the glove compartment. Turn each plastic tab a quarter turn clockwise with your fingers.

Dust off the edges of the glove compartment with an edge of the lint-free cloth. Dust off the edges of the glove compartment lid with another edge of the lint-free cloth. Dispose of the lint-free cloth in the trash.

Close the glove compartment lid onto the glove compartment.


A mini-maglite will provide more than enough illumination for seeing inside of the glove compartment.


The plastic of the glove compartment is easily scratched.

Things You'll Need

  • 7mm socket nut driver
  • Lint-free cloth
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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."