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    DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

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    Alright, I know many of us have glove boxes w/ breaking or broken hinges. Besides this my glove box was very stiff, hard to open and even harder to close. After some looking over and taking apart I decided to do a write up on how to smooth out the mechanism connected to the glove box door.

    First open the passenger door to reveal a cover which needs to be removed.


    When removed you will see the glove box door mechanism. Pull the electronic plug off the mechanism, this tells the glove box light when to turn on and turn off. Next use a pair of pliers to pull the plastic dowel out from its position.


    Now that the mechanism is free, rotate it vertically, the pull straight out.


    Now that its removed from the car remember and take note to how it looks (position of electrical plug).


    Disassemble this mechanism by rotating the electrical plug 90 degrees. It takes a little effort as it needs to hop over the two taps shown in the picture.


    Now pull the electrical part from the body of the mechanism.


    Slide the white piece w/ the rubber attached up, notice how the picture shows a notch for it to slide up and out.


    Now my reasoning for the glove box sticking is the rubber stretching out and loosening up over time, expanding making it harder to slide smoothly in the mechanisms tubular body.

    So what I did was make this rubber piece a tiny but smaller. (You could go buy a new rubber piece but why when this mod can be free) First I cut a tiny bit off the lip.


    Next lay it flat and cut around the circumference. Only remove a small SMALL portion.


    And you are done! Put back together in reverse order. You may want to check the hinge of the glove box too as I did not notice but a small crack in the right hinge was starting so I patched it up with some JB Weld before it snapped completely.


    Hope this helps some people out good luck

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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    Thanks for the writeup...maybe I'll finally get around to fixing mine

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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    Haha, yeah I am constantly opening mine to access my Defi Controller and Dtec Gameboy and I finally got so annoyed w/ it I decided to fix it! Good luck.

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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    Great writeup! This is definitely a must-do if your hinge isn't cracked yet..because it will be with this POS door damper. My only piece of advice is follow the advice of the poster..and be careful how much you trim around the edge of the black rubber piece. I cut too much and the dampening effect was almost gone. I had to wrap some tape around the rubber damper to give it some friction against the inside of the tube.
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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    Quote Originally Posted by crizo View Post
    Great writeup! This is definitely a must-do if your hinge isn't cracked yet..because it will be with this POS door damper. My only piece of advice is follow the advice of the poster..and be careful how much you trim around the edge of the black rubber piece. I cut too much and the dampening effect was almost gone. I had to wrap some tape around the rubber damner to give it some friction against the inside of the tube.
    same here, i cut the damper too much after fixing my broken box wtih the brackets from pcyc. but what the hell ever im just glad that it's not broken anymore.
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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    Quote Originally Posted by crizo View Post
    Great writeup! This is definitely a must-do if your hinge isn't cracked yet..because it will be with this POS door damper. My only piece of advice is follow the advice of the poster..and be careful how much you trim around the edge of the black rubber piece. I cut too much and the dampening effect was almost gone. I had to wrap some tape around the rubber damner to give it some friction against the inside of the tube.
    Thanks, yeah I actually hated that damper, I mean when I open my glove box I dont open it and slam it down you know, normally you open it and place it in the open position. But yeah like you said, cut off a very small amount of the black rubber, basically as little as you can.

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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    mine already broke =( and i always opened it slowly
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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    Nice write up! Thanks!
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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    An alternative method to trim the rubber piece OD, is to use some sandpaper to abrade the rubber away. This is a quick and controllable means of changing the size of the OD.

    An Audi TSB instructs to lube the damper with silicon spray also. If silicon spray is applied, the resize may not be needed. However, the resize is functional long term, whereas the silicon spray lube may not be.

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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    ^^ Great ideas. What is an "OD"?

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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    Outside Diameter

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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    How can I fix a broken hinge?

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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony@Autobahn View Post
    How can I fix a broken hinge?
    http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=238177

    i installed the bracket on mine. helps alot
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    You are the man. Thanks!

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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    that last pic is where mine is breaking. how is the jb weld holding up?
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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    Quote Originally Posted by Sablea4 View Post
    that last pic is where mine is breaking. how is the jb weld holding up?
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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    hey Guys i am working on a DIY if i every get time but your gonna need a good many tools, iam trying to make them with just hand tools so most can make them it just takes forever...
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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    Thanks for the help. I used Loc Tite Plastix Bonder, a two part for plastic.
    I followed all the instructions, scuffing, cleaning and "clamping".
    I placed some over the fractured exterior as in the photo.
    The real strength though came by injecting the glue into the space between the two layers of the door around the fracture especially into the space at the back of the hinge.
    Trimming the damper's piston ring is too much work and can't be undone. Instead drill a very small hole into the end of the cylinder. If the door falls too fast, make the hole smaller by covering it part of it with glue. Or you can lube the ring and cylinder interior with silicone spray lube.

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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    And when taking the damper apart, don't rotate the end, a small part of the plug breaks. Use a small screwdriver to lift the open end of the plug slightly off the cylinder, like any other electrical connector, then use a narrow putty knife to pry the end off.

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    i opened mine the other day to find out the hinge was broken... next on my list i guess
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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    PCYC, still selling those brackets? Love to buy one, mine has been broken for a couple of months now.

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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    I did this last summer after being fed up with the way the door opened and closed and it is a must do IMO. The glovebox was such PITA to use before but now it works great. Good job on the write up!

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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    Thankyou this was a great help fixing my B7 glove box - I filed the washer after trimming then used a bit of grease on washer as well just to be sure.
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    Hmm, anybody just try spraying into the mechanism with some the WD-40?
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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    my glovebox broke off one of the hinges. such a pain to use, so anything that would normally be in the glovebox really i just sit on the seat

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    Re: DIY: Fixing the terrible B6 glove box

    Quote Originally Posted by manhertm View Post
    Hmm, anybody just try spraying into the mechanism with some the WD-40?
    My hinges weren't broken but the stopper was sticky. WD-40 didn't work for mine. I didn't try to fix it either. I just ordered a new one from Audi and it works like a champ now. Took about 5 mins to change and cost about 34 bucks list.
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    can someone please fix the pics to this DIY? i only see red X's.
    thanks!

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    Get the bracket from Fritz/PCYC. It fit almost perfectly and I just had to Dremel out a little bit of extra space to compensate for it. It took longer to remove the damn box than it did to install his bracket.

    As for the hinge / slider piece, depending on how difficult yours is to move back n forth, I would suggest starting with some white lithium grease first and if that doesn't work try trimming out the rubber piece on the inside of it. (you'll know what this is once you get it taken apart.) Just mind the brass colored metal tings. They're kinda overly bendable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v8s4 View Post
    can someone please fix the pics to this DIY? i only see red X's.
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    any way we can get this pictures working again? just got mine and really want to get this done
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    good write up. thanks for the help!

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    Just did the repair to my A4. Instructions were excellent. Thanks!

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    Picture FAIL.


    Actually, aside from the hinge, you know what the worst thing about the glovebox is?



    That stupid little shelf on the upper left. It's the right size for sunglasses, but even with the door closed, they fall to the bottom shelf.
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    you guys should use something like the public folder feature on dropbox for the pictures. thats what i do, works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyCal View Post
    Picture FAIL.


    Actually, aside from the hinge, you know what the worst thing about the glovebox is?



    That stupid little shelf on the upper left. It's the right size for sunglasses, but even with the door closed, they fall to the bottom shelf.
    Original post was from 2007.

    The upper left shelf is for the owners manual.



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