I spent a good 4 months scouting within the areas of where I work and live on Volvos - and I must say, that on average, every 9 out of 10 850s that I have inspected, were left with broken gloveboxes. By broken, i do not mean that they are stuck or cant be opened, but rather they are broken at the joints. Hehe. I wonder, were the previous owners really THAT brutal (slamming the lids and all) ??? Sheesh.
Ok Sorry it took me so long to reply.I have been going nuts searching the net looking for pics to make it easier.But have not been able to find some. So here goes the instructions.
First pull down on the glove box door some so you can see in on the top in the middle.You should be able to see where the latch assy. comes through the glove box insert.What you need to do now is get a screw driver and skinny needle nose pliers.Starting at the metal latch break small peices out of the insert.Working your way towards the outside part of the dash on both sides.While you are breaking the peices out keep looking at the latch.You will see the screws that hold the latch once you get enough of the plastic out.There is 2 phillips screws that hold the latch into the dash.Once you can get to them remove them.The door will open.Then remove the screws that hold the insert into the dash there should be 8 t-25 screws.Unlock the arms that hold the glove box door level.You can do that by inserting a small screw driver into the slotts in the door. Then remove the glove box insert.Then you will see 3 t-25 screws holdiing the hinges from the door to the dash.Remove the screws and take the door off.Then remove all the screws in the glove box door and open it up.Instect the peices.If I remmeber correctly the rod that holds the spring breaks.
I recently changed the glove box restraining hinges on my 850. When completed I opened and shut the glove box a few times. It worked perfectly. Just as I was congratulating myself on what a clever person I was - disaster struck. The glove box for no apparent reason locked.
I have scoured the various forums and the one that appeals to me the most is simply putting two wide stainless steel spatulas in the top of the glove box to prize it apart just enough to put a single-blade hacksaw in and cut the latch (the spatulas also stop the surrounding trim being damaged.
One you have the glovebox open inspect to see what caused the problem, repair it and replace the cut latch.