Glove Box Hinge Fix

So today on Repairs101 Iíve got my 2000 Buick
Century under the carport and itís got a broken glove box from my stuffing it full
of junk when I was out travelling in it recently. So itís the second time, actually, that Iíve
done this repair ñ it had a broken glove box when I bought the car. I know exactly
what to do, weíre going to get some J-B Weld steel reinforced quick setting epoxy and weíre
going to slap it back together and Iíll show you how itís done.
Alright this oneís my fault. I recently was travelling in my car and I overloaded my glove
box here ñ I broke it off at the hinge. So Iíve done this very same repair on this car
before. Itís just a matter of working it out. Thereís a little bumper on each side
of the end of it that you just sort of need to wiggle out. Letís try it that way ñ oh
yeah, thatís the way. OK so weíll just pull that out. OK so Iím going to disconnect this
light here because Iím going to be leaving the car without the glove box in it until
I do the repair. Just pull on that little tab there then pull back on the wire. OK Iíve
got to get this hinge off. I mentioned before in a previous video that I like to keep my
sockets on a rail and hereís why: because I donít know what size this is but I do know
that itíll be on my rail. OK so hereís the broken part you can see
the old epoxy across the tip of it, you can see the plastic nubs. All you need to do is
get the glove box out like you just saw me do, disconnect the wire on the light and just
pull the carpeting back a little bit. So hereís an old mechanicís trick you might
not know: if you canít see it very easily ñ which I canít in this case because of
the carpeting ñ push your finger up against it until it makes an impression on your finger
and then you can see exactly what kind of fastener it is that youíre dealing with by
this little impression that it leaves on your finger. And then Iím going to take my rail
and Iím going to compare and say ìoh, itís somewhere around this size right here, maybe
this one.î Letís give that a try. [ Ratcheting.] Letís just say for instance this mud-flapís
hereís got a screw on it that I canít see. So Iíll push my finger up against it, hold
it down real hard until I can make an impression ñ looks like about a medium sized Phillips
head screwdriver. OK and I got that just from pushing hard and there you go. In a few minutes
my finger will be as good as new. Alright so the screws are out and thereís
the hinge. Hereís the box. Weíll just take it all inside.
So there we have the glove-box out of my 2000 Buick Century. OK so you can see the hinge
was mounted by driving these screws into these plastic holes that were part of the moulded
plastic under-body of the glove box itself. Iím going with JB Weld, Iíve been using
it a lot recently. This one in my hand here is the slow setting ñ a very, very strong
product. They also make another product called JB Kwik. OK hereís an open package of J-B
KWIK epoxy resin and hardener that Iíve used before and Iím going to use on this project
because itís already opened and I know that a five minute epoxy is good enough. OK so
Iím just going to get in here with my screwdriver and see if thereís anything thatís loose
that I can remove. The epoxy that I put in before is holding nicely, itís just that
I broke it ñ put too much stress against it and it shattered. You can see itís just
a very light plastic fabrication. Thereís the last one there on the end. You can see,
you know itís not a lot of surface area there to bond to so youíre going to need something
thatís quite strong. OK Iíll just put some tape across the face
of this thing to protect it from any stray epoxy that might get away from me here. Put
a little across the back like that. So long as Iíve got the glove box off Iíll
talk about this little device back here. What it is is itís a cylinder with a spring in
it and a plunger and Iíll just pull on the plunger. What that is is thatís a control
for the glove box door and it controls how quickly or how slowly the door opens. Itís
just a little nozzle with a valve in the end of that to control the speed of the air.
OK so I like to mix it up on, you know, old yoghurt container lids, that kind of thing.
Iím going to use the JB Kwik 5 minute epoxy so Iím going to have to work quickly. Iím
going to mix it 50:50 right here on the lid and you have to stir it extremely well so
I like to use like a little wooden stirring stick, a little coffee swizzle or here Iíve
got a little straw thatís good for it or even this little spoon ñ itís just a little
dessert spoon. Anyways itíll be good for mixing epoxy as well, right? Like I said,
you want to mix this up fifty-fifty. Alright thereís a little pad of five lines all of
about, I donít know, an inch and a half long. OK there we go, itís five lines. There we
go, that little dessert spoon works just perfect, should have mixed more, actually. Iíll apply
it across the back of this thing. You see Iím not being shy about getting it on here.
You want lots of good goopy thick coverage so that no matter how I make contact on the
other side, itís going to stick and itís going to make a permanent bond. Oh crap. Hurry,
hurry, hurry. OK so now, Iím going to drop this in here right back to where it was before.
Thatís all there is to it. The gluing partís not that difficult, of course. Itís all put
back together now, here it is. Weíre going to let that cure ñ as I said this is a five
minute epoxy I used so if we were in a shop and I was trying to make a living doing this
Iíd be installing it in the car in, oh an hour or two, probably ñ however this is from
my car and I have all the time in the world so Iím going to let it cure for twenty four
hours. Now for clean up all you really need is a wet cotton rag and you just rub on it.
And as long as it hasnít cured yet, this is true with just about any epoxy, as long
as it hasnít cured yet. So now weíre good to go, it feels really solid. It feels like
it really made good contact so Iím just going to leave it alone until tomorrow.
OK and now that I know that thatís seven millimetres weíll just come over here.
OK so itís the next day, itís not quite twenty-four hours but itís quick setting.
Alright so, you want to put this thing back in just the opposite to the way you took it
out. Which was dip it in one corner and then dip it in the other corner. Temporarily close
it on the latch. There we go. And now we can get underneath and start installing our screws.
OK snug. OK so you just push that back up ñ thereís some little keepers here, one
here and one there. OK got the wire here. OK there we go. Alright so you just push that
through together so that it clips. Make sure the switch is working. OK and just before
weíre finished, thereís only one thing left to do and thatís connect the cord here that
connects the slow-open piston that I showed you earlier to the side of the door. So Iíll
just show you right in here thatís the anchor point that we just pull that up on to. I wish
I could have shown you how I did that. What I did was I took it there on one screwdriver
ñ I put it on the end of the screwdriver, I pushed the screwdriver to the target and
then I took a second screwdriver and pushed it over so that it looped on.
There you go: another job well done.

19 thoughts on “Glove Box Hinge Fix

  1. The rubber straps on the sides of my parent's glove box broke, causing it to spill too far open and onto the floor unless you held it with your hand. They didn't want to buy new straps from Chrysler or go grab some used ones at the junk yard, so I used 25-pound fishing line on each side where the original straps screwed in place. For a minivan with over 200,000 miles, it works well.

  2. the finger trick at 1:44 is a fantastic idea. JB weld is the best epoxy I have found but it tells you on the package it doesnt stick to some plastics. I even used it repairing a rust hole around a window on a car that I painted and I saw the car 20 years later and the repair still looked like new

  3. Just bought a 2000 with the same problem. Thanks for the great step by step intrustional video. Very simple and to the point. Can't wait to repair mine. Do you have any ideas on repairing the instrument cluster on the AC/Heat Panel…. Mine is not working. No lights at all. Thanks again!!

  4. Excellent! I have been wrestling with this broken glove box for too long. A replacement box at the deal costs more than $300, so I've been living without the box for almost two years! Thanks a lot. You're a great teacher! I am looking forward to fixing this today.

  5. I'm curious, could you not just remove the screws from the hinge, line up the glove box, and put the screws back in place?

  6. Thanks for this great video. 1999 Century, hinge mounts broken; attached hinge to box with VersaChem Flow Mix Plastic Welder. (Customer service said it will adhere to ABS and metal.) It mixes resin and hardener in the applicator tube. Aligned hinge screwhead markings with broken plastic nubs. 24 hours later, a solid fix! After multiple failed attempts to reinstall the box, closer inspection was necessary. The darned mechanic (me) glued the hinge upside down! Wish I had seen this video earlier. It's really an easy fix when done right. Now lots of Dremel time to remove the hinge.

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