Acura TSX and Honda Accord glove box stuck shut.
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Your Honda Accord or Acura TSX Glove Box Is Stuck Shut - The Solution

Is the glove box of your Honda Accord or Acura TSX stuck shut? Here are some solutions for you.

Acura and Honda are well-known for their durability and reliability - for the most part. We don't just review Honda and Acura products here at Torque News, we also own them. So when we become aware of a common issue, we like to highlight the fix so that fellow owners can enjoy their vehicles again. One common issue with Honda and Acura vehicles, particularly Accord and TSX cars, is a glove box that is stuck shut and won't open.

Acura Honda Glove Box Stuck Shut - Don't Give Up - Here's Why
If your car is one of the many with the common glove box stuck shut problem, you are looking for a solution. And with good reason. The cabin air filter is behind that glove box door, so quitting on it, even if you have removed your valuables, is not a good option.

Acura Honda Glove Box Stuck Shut - Force Won't Help
Using more force won't help open the stuck glove box on a Honda Accord or Acura TSX. The reason is that the latch itself is free to move. It is the inside of the assembly that is stuck, not the little tab you pull on with your fingers to open the box.

Solution One - Temporary
If you just want access once in a while and will live with the glove box being unavailable to you in normal use, you can save some money. The video above shows how you can use a small screwdriver to unlock the box and get it open. However, this solution does not solve the underlying issue. It just gets it open one time. Close it, and then you are still back to a stuck glove box.

Solution 2 - Permanent, But Ugly
One savvy owner found a solution that does work repeatedly. He rigged up a string to open the box. However, it looks bad to our eyes. Our second video highlights that fix.

Solution 3 - The Remedy
We wish we could say that there was a perfect simple fix with no money involved, but that has not been the case in our family. We are batting 1,000 with both of the glove compartments in our Acura TSX and Honda Accord cars being stuck shut. We are off to the local body shop for an affordable replacement.

If you have found a better solution to this common issue, please tell us in the comments below.

John Goreham is a life-long car nut and recovering engineer. John's focus areas are technology, safety, and green vehicles. In the 1990s, he was part of a team that built a solar-electric vehicle from scratch. His was the role of battery thermal control designer. For 20 years he applied his engineering and sales talents in the high tech world and published numerous articles in technical journals such as Chemical Processing Magazine. In 2008 he retired from that career and dedicated himself to chasing his dream of being an auto writer. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American newspapers and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on Twitter, and connect with him at Linkedin.

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Good article. We find it odd that such pricey and dependable cars have this quirky, aggravating defect with the glovebox.
Went to change my cabin air filter on my 2018 Honda Accord 1.5 Sport . Disconnected the Dampening arm first , Gently pushing in on both sides of the glove Compartment sides simultaneously until the front of my glove box dropped open allowing me accuse to my 2018 's cabin filter . Changed filter like I've done many times before without any problems what so ever. . After changing the cabin filter , I re-attached the dampening arm , gently and simultaneously pushing into both sides of the glove compartment sides until they were locked into place. Re-connected to dampening glove box arm , and when I tried to close the glove box door it wouldn't close ! So I re-checked my work several times to make absolutely sure that it wasn't something I could have missed , and found that I had done everything correctly ! didn't miss anything and I still cannot get my glove box door to close, It simply will not close. HELP ! ! !
Did you figure it out? I did the same thing and cannot get it to close.