I thought this was a good textual description, but had a hard time visualizing it until I took the latch out. Here is the worn out plastic cam from my car.The latch mechanism opens by a cam/lever when you lift the glove compartment latch. Although most of the latch parts are metal, the cam that moves the lever is plastic and the key corner wears out.
I am running into this problem now. I have replaced the old glove box latch with another one and the glove box opens well enough now, but I do have to press up on the entire box itself to get the latch to release, which is not the way its supposed to work. I guess I have to adjust it..I can't tell if the plastic cam is part of the lock kit or the internal latch part. The plastic cam fits around the lock cylinder and rotates with the lock cylinder, which is why turning to the lock position frees up the cam.
But I think the glove compartment alignment is part of the problem that causes the upper toggles to get stuck, and then you pull to hard on the opening latch, causing the extended cam problem.
I'm having the same problem. I'm thinking about carefully taking a cutting wheel to the lower latch until I can access the internal disengagement levers and open the box, since I'm going to replace the latch anyway. I'll update you if I find a fix, good luck!My wifes 2012 328i BMW glove box will not open. I have tried all fixes that look like they might work given on this web. HELP, our state inspection is due and we have the paper work in the glove box.That is not locked,the position is vertical and when the car was purchased the key was missing. what to dooooooo ????
This is happen to me right now‼ It would jam then un jam‼....now it seems as if its totally jamed ‼ Would have to but a new glove box or latch 🤔🤔🤔Somehow my glove compartment got stuck. I can pull on the latch .... but it won't open. Anyone ever had this happen before? Any workaround?