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Gents,

Locked my glove box about 3-4 months ago when I sent the caddy to the shop for new engine installation. Got it back about a week ago and need access to the glove box. Insert key, turn, pull opener clip, and it wont open....turn it back the other way, won't open. Anyone with similar experience and/or solution (other than "dealer $$$$ rape-air")?

Thanks for reading.

aqb10
 

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I had the same problem with mine a few days ago! Given we have the same problem, get another key. dont use the caddy key becuase it might bend a little. What happen with mine was the plastic piece that you pull up on the box had broke. it you lift it up, you can see a little metal bar. Put the key in the and push. I had to push really hard. As you are opening it, try to open the box and it should just pop open. this weekend I am going to fix it by glueing the piece back together. Let me know if you need more help.
 

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I couldn't have said it better myself. When I fixed mine I rendered the lock usuable. It works fine as long as you don't try to lock the box. I forgot and rebroke it yesterday. My 99 sts has 63,000 miles
 

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I did eventually glue my broken one back (it took 2 times). The part is under a lot of stress/torque so you MUST use 2 part epoxy, and back up the plastic bar with a small nail (for added strength). I used a dremel tool to make a groove so that the nail could sit flush. Also, let the epoxy cure FULLY for several days to maximize the bond strength.

Also pay a lot of attention to how the pieces come apart! It's quite complicated... putting back the spring in the proper position is a big pain in the ass. You have to "precompress" the spring, then slide in the cotter pin (which I had to replace with a suitable nail, since I damaged it on removal)


Benjamin Simon said:
I had the same problem with mine a few days ago! Given we have the same problem, get another key. dont use the caddy key becuase it might bend a little. What happen with mine was the plastic piece that you pull up on the box had broke. it you lift it up, you can see a little metal bar. Put the key in the and push. I had to push really hard. As you are opening it, try to open the box and it should just pop open. this weekend I am going to fix it by glueing the piece back together. Let me know if you need more help.
 

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No luck on this. All parts appear to be in tact - pull lever with cam on the back and the metal bar behind it that rotates. The lock tumbler seems very free, however, with no feel of drag - like it's not doing anything.

Which way is unlock anyway, keyslot vertical or horizontal.

I did try to push real hard on the metal bar by using a screwdriver - probably 100+ lb of force - no luck. This problem will likely try my patience as I will eventually get aggravated and rip it out. The only thing keeping me from doing this is picturing the caddy dealership raping me:bighead:

Thanks for the advice so far.

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Mine is taken apart and I cannot get it to work again. I dont know what I am going to do.
 

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When this happened to me, I lived with it for about a month. On my next visit to the wrecking yard, I found a black latch assy...This is one part that seems most of the Cads share regardless of model..
 

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Has anyone had to by one at the dealership? Do I have to by the whole thing with a new lock?
 

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Had this on my '92 Seville - came up with what I consider to be a rather elegant solution (although I cannot lock my glovebox) - I used a magnet on the glovebox door (stuck to the inside) and made a "custom" bent steel bit to replace the gizmo the latch is supposed to engage insde the glovebox. Painted said custom steel gizmo flat black - glovebox opens and closes - stays closed under normal driving conditions - doesn't look any different than stock when closed AND allows me to open my gas cap without resorting to screwing around with the GB door OR opening the trunk -
Got the magnet with the adhesive backing for about a buck at a hardware store - made the steel custom thing out of some scrap I had in the garage - you could probably customize the "stock" gizmo (it's steel) - if you didn't have any steel laying around - you adjust the closed position of the GB door by altering the position of the custom steel gizmo relative to the GB door -

Cheers

Steve
 
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