Is your Glove Box hanging? Dangling? Living in the trunk? Do you not want to search for a new glove box hoping that it’ll be the right color and that the hinges won’t break on it, too? Why not manufacture some hinges of your own that are stronger than stock and much less costly than buying a new door?
Items needed: new hinge, hinge that screws into the car, flat head and Phillips screw driver, pliers, sheet metal screws, maybe glue.
First, separate metal hinges, I used a screw driver and a pair of pliers, keep the solid pin.
Secondly remove the plastic hinges from inside the cavern where your glove box should be. Remove the hollow pins. Insert solid pin in the plastic hinge and wrap the arms of the metal hinge around the solid pin. Notice which
direction the arms wrap around the pin in coordination with the plastic hinge.
Remove the remains of the old hinges , make it at least semi smooth, doesn’t need to be perfect, just not too bumpy. Next, align the metal hinges centered basically where the old hinges existed. Drill pilot holes so the plastic doesn’t split. Use sheet metal screws to fasten the hinges down, make sure not to over tighten, it’d probably strip out the screw holes!
Drivers side hinge pic 1
Drivers side hinge pic 2
Passengers side pic 1
Passengers side pic 2
Now, try installing it in the car. This is when we want to make sure everything lines up smoothly before we finalize the installation. If it doesn’t line up quite right double check everything was done properly and try tweaking it, but if it went smoothly, it should, You’re done! Unless you want to pull it back out, remove the screws on the metal hinges and put a drop of glue on them to help them seat in there a little tighter.
There you go, new glove box hinges on the cheap. If made properly they should last longer than just shelling out the cash for a new glove box door with the plastic OEM hinges.
By John “magus_blackomen”