A repair for broken glove box hinge mounts
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Molto Verboso
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Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:13 pm quote
As I reported in another thread, my glovebox had gotten stuck and started binding. The problem turned out that the glovebox hinges were not being properly held in place - the mounting plates had broken off

I did not think it made sense to replace the entire panel for a couple of broken plastic tabs, so I attempted a repair. I've described the process I used below.

It seems to be holding up well so far. I'll report back on long term results in a couple of months.

1. The broken mounting tabs


2. Panel is made of ABS plastic (it's molded on the inside).


3. Clean the broken surfaces (gentle sanding) where the glue will be applied.
4. Apply ABS primer and adhesive. Cure 24 h.




5. Clean the sides of the post and the panel at the post base (gentle sanding).
6. Apply construction adhesive to fill gaps and reinforce the broken posts.



7. {optional, but recommended} allow a few days for the construction adhesive to cure (the ďNo More NailsĒ data sheet says itís about 7 days to full cure). If you canít wait this long, you probably want to at least avoid opening / closing the glove box door for a few days. The risk is that you do not have the full reinforcement until the adhesive is cured, and you may knock things loose if riding around in between.


8. Reinstall the panel. Ride!
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Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:01 pm quote
PVC glue worked? I was gong to suggest a Gorilla Glue product.
Well done
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Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:10 am quote
Great job!
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Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:19 am quote
WEB-Tech wrote:
PVC glue worked? I was gong to suggest a Gorilla Glue product.
Well done
It's ABS glue. Same as for water pipes etc. Very standard.
Molto Verboso
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Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:04 pm quote
jimc wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
PVC glue worked? I was gong to suggest a Gorilla Glue product.
Well done
It's ABS glue. Same as for water pipes etc. Very standard.
Yup. It's literally left over adhesive I had from a past plumbing job.

I believe it works by chemically melting / dissolving the plastic, which then drys again fused together. This is why you need to be sure it's ABS plastic and ABS glue.
Molto Verboso
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Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:57 pm quote
Just to update... 2 months on and the repair is still going strong!
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Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:09 pm quote
If it fused together right, is will never come apart there.
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