Basic Dash Dis-Assembly:

Removing The Glove Box And Knee Bolster On A 2006 Chevy Equinox

Or Pontiac Torrent


In This Article:

The panel below the steering wheel (knee bolster) is removed, and the glove box is removed.

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Skill Level: 2 (Basic) Time Taken: About 30 Minutes

By Bruce W. Maki, Editor


Dashboard of 2006 Chevrolet Equinox.

There are many repairs that require removal of the knee bolster (below the steering wheel), and the glove box.

Dashboard of 2006 Chevy Equinox.


Removing The Knee Bolster:

Plastic panel beneath steering wheel, 2006 Chevy Equinox. This gray panel below the steering wheel is called the "knee bolster".


There was a screw in the back of the storage pocket below the steering wheel (red arrow).

Removing this screw required a 7mm socket (and extension) or nut-driver.

Screw location at back of storage pocket.


Screw on lower-right corner of knee bolster - 06 Chevy Equinox. There was a second screw on the lower-right corner of the knee bolster.

I removed the two screws mentioned above and I pulled on the lower edge of the knee bolster panel. The left-side spring clips popped out first. The clip on the right side (at the top) was tricky to release. It's important to pull this panel striaght out (not downward) so the clips don't break. A little wiggling helps here.

Back view of the knee bolster, showing locations of three spring clips (S). The lower arrows point to the screw holes.

Fastener locations on knee bolster, 2006 Equinox.


Removing The Glove Box:

Glove compartment, Chevy Equinox. The glove box area.


This plastic fastener (red arrow) holds the glove box in place, and acts as a stop. There are two of these.

Fasteners securing glove box in Chevy Equinox.


Removing glove compartment in Chevy Equinox.

I used a pair of lineman's pliers to turn the fastener a quarter-turn counter-clockwise.

The fastener on the right side of the glove box was the same... turn counter-clockwise.


This black round device is part of the hinge for the glove box.

Glove box hinge  pin, Chevy Equinox.


Removing glove box hinge pin from 2006 Chevy Equinox.

I forced a tack puller behind the thin plastic head of the hinge pin and twisted until the pin moved back.


The pin released when it had been pulled back about one inch. This pin was kinda snug, so it took a little effort to slide it.

There was another pin on the right side of the glove box.

Hinge pin pulled out to remove glove box, Chevy Equinox.


Glove compartment after being removed from 2006 Chevy Equinox. The glove box after removal.


The stopper/fasteners that I removed at the beginning.

There are two "ears" on each part that fit through slots in the side of the glove box.

Glove box stopper / fastener devices, GM, Chevy Equinox.


More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic Mechanic's Tools
  • 7mm Socket and Extension
  • Lineman's Pliers
  • Tack Puller Or Pry Bar

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written April 21, 2010