There may be a few reasons that you need to remove the Glove Box and surrounding dash panels on your DB9, but the most likely is that you are trying to change the Cabin Air Filters as part of a 2 year / 20,000 mile service and this step is necessary to access the filters.
The process is not difficult once you see how it’s done, and I encourage you to watch the short video below to bolster your confidence before you start reefing on panels willy-nilly. I know I wish there was a video when I started on this. Some of my background came from this AMOC post.
Not many tools are needed:
- A Phillips head screwdriver
- A small inspection light (optional) to help you see the screws
- Your hand to pull on stuff
- Small amount of courage
The entire process will only take about 5 minutes.
- Move the passenger side seat as far rearward as you can to give you the most space possible in the foot well.
- Open the Glove box and remove any contents (such as the owner’s manual) and then close the glove box.
- Next you need to get into the foot well so you can look up at the Glove Box hinge, and take the inspection light and Phillips screwdriver with you. No elegant way to do this, just stuff yourself in lying on your back with your body twisted out the door (hoping your wife doesn’t take the opportunity for a well-timed photo and Facebook post with some comment about your sanity).
- You will find three small black pan head Phillips screwsalong the bottom edge of the Glove Box door assembly – fairly obvious (see photo). One on the left edge, one center, and the last on the right. Remove these screws and keep track of them (you don’t want them rolling around with the possibility of them scratching the leather in the next steps).
- With the lower hinge loose, the Glove Box is only being held in place by the latch since the box is still closed. While supporting the Glove Box with one hand, push the Glove Box release button. The Glove Box should release and come free in your other hand, but still have a retractable tethered cable attached (that is used to assist in closing the glove box). Lower the Glove Box to the floor, essentially hanging off its side tethered to this cable. Looks awkward, but resist the urge to disconnect the tethered cable as many forum posts say that it’s a PITA to get reconnected, and it’s OK to just leave it this way.
- Now for the scary bit. You need to reach down and grab the lower edge of the leather covered panel surrounding the Glove Box on the side toward the center of the car. Give it a firm tug directly out perpendicular to the surface. You should feel the panel disengage from the snaps. Don’t go gung ho and try and rip the whole panel off by pulling from just this one spot, just pull this section loose. Really – watch the video below to see how this is done – you’ll get a sense of comfort.
- Using only your hand (I didn’t want to use any pry tools lest I mar the leather surround) move your hand around and gently tug the panel disengaging each of the five (5) snaps until you’ve got the panel completely loose. Hold it up once you get the last snap loose.
- The panel will still be tethered by the electrical connection that plugs onto the back of the Glove Box open button. Carefully squeeze the connector and disconnect it from the Glove Box release button.
- Now you should be able to remove the panel and place it someplace safe out of the way.
- With the panel out of the way, and the Glove Box itself hanging off to the side, you have access to the black plastic housing that the Glove Box fits into. We need to remove this housing since the cabin air filters are located just in behind it.
- Remove the four black pan head Phillips screws that hold it in place. I’d suggest starting with the upper two (since the small plastic ‘Tab’ along the top edge will hold this end in place while you still have both hands free to remove the bottom two screws. Once the four screws are removed, the plastic housing should easily disengage from the ‘Tab’ and can be removed, left hanging with the Glove Box. Again, keep track of the screws so they don’t scratch the leather.
That’s the removal process, and you should have clear access to the blower motor and cabin air filters compartment. I will cover changing the filters and reinstalling the Glove Box in other blog posts.
Check out this short video to see the process described about in action, it will make a lot more sense than reading it.