Items Away: Choosing the Right Glove Box
Too many things yet so little space-does this line sound familiar? If you've been driving your car for a long time now, you've probably accumulated enough papers, cards, documents, and CDs to last you a lifetime. Cleaning out the unnecessary clutter is one thing, but finding extra storage space for the remaining items is another. So you're left with two choices-either throw everything out or get a glove box that can safely store all your important items. Virtually all vehicle models come with a pre-installed compartment under the dashboard, but it doesn't always match the driver's storage needs in the long run. If your stock glove box is not doing the trick, then it's time for you to get a new one that will suit your needs better. We've rounded up a few tips that can help you find the right glove box.
What are the things to consider in choosing a glove box?
No matter which accessory or part, size should always be one of the things you have to consider first. Direct-fit and OE replacement glove boxes will fit snugly on almost all types of vehicles. If you're not too sure which size to get, measure the dimensions underneath the dashboard on the passenger's side. The glove box space may go all the way down to the floor, so make sure you get the correct length by measuring from underneath the dashboard to the floor carpet. To get the width, start measuring from the passenger's side door to the center of the dashboard right next to the A/C.
Plastic, aluminum, stainless steel, polymer-it's up to you. Stainless steel is the best choice, though, because of its chemical- and temperature-resistant properties. It's long-lasting and durable, so it won't break easily even if you force the glove box open. Plastic is also a good choice because you can easily repaint it to match your car's interior.
What is the cost of a glove box?
Glove boxes don't cost a fortune. It's a budget-friendly accessory you can use for a long period of time, so it's worth investing your money in. Standard plastic glove boxes cost less than $50, while stainless steel and aluminum ones are priced at around $50 to $60. Basically, the price will go up if the glove box has special built-in features.
Repairing Your Damaged Glove Box
The glove box is one of those car accessories that will make you go into panic mode when it becomes stuck or broken. That reaction is completely natural, especially if important documents, registration cards, and CDs are stored inside it. If your glove box has a faulty lock, then you need to have it replaced right away before the box becomes permanently stuck. Installing a new lock is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. Here are the tools you need and the steps to follow in repairing your stuck glove box:
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools that you'll need:
- 7mm socket nut driver
- Lint-free cloth
Step 1: Lower the glove box and remove the two plastic stops located at the back. Twist the plastic stops a quarter of a turn counterclockwise so that you can easily pull them out.
Step 2: Pull the glove box forward to start working on the lock. Be careful not to hit or knock the plastic panels with a tool because it can easily get scratched. Scratch marks are harder to remove. Next, take off the two screws securing the old locking latch using a 7mm socket nut driver and pull it out of the glove box.
Step 3: Insert a new locking latch and reinstall the screws. Make sure the new latch is secured tightly before pushing back the glove box.
Step 4: Push a plastic tab into the holes on the left and right panels of the glove box. Rotate each tab a quarter of a turn clockwise using your fingers. Before closing the glove box lid, wipe off the edges of the box using a lint-free cloth to remove dust buildup. Close the lid and open it again to check the newly installed locking latch.