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    Martin
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    Default center armrest storage stuck closed, how to open it?

    Hi

    I have a 2002 GMC Sierra 2500hd crew cab and the center armrest/storage
    won't open with the large push button. It's stuck closed. Any idea
    how to open it? I tried jamming thin pieces of metal down the side of
    the button with no luck. Any clues. Can anyone open theirs and see
    how it works. Maybe it can be seen by just opening the storage. Mine
    is the SL model.




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    Tony Collums
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    Default Re: center armrest storage stuck closed, how to open it?

    Hey Martin,
    I had a similar situation on my 92, not sure if the 2002 is the same. On
    mine I had to depress the button and pry the lid open. The latch had two
    little ears that retract and release from a thin metal plate mounted to the
    body of the compartment base. One of the ears was not retracting. I took the
    latch out and found that something had broken in the latch itself. This left
    me three choices, (1) remove the plate held in by two screws and have to no
    latch at all, (2) replace latch $$$$, or (3) trim the metal out of the plate
    that the side of the latch which was no longer working used to hold on to.
    For my 92 with 250k miles #3 made sense and worked for me. Again not sure if
    this works the same on the 2002 but maybe it will give you an option or two.

    Good Luck

    Best Regards,

    Tony



  3. #3
    Martin
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    Default Re: center armrest storage stuck closed, how to open it?

    Thanks Tony

    I'll guess I will wait a little longer till someone can find out
    exactly how it works. I think it will work but I hate prying things
    open until I have to. Maybee I'll go to a dealer and find out if I can
    see things from inside, before I try prying it open.
    Tony Collums wrote:
    > Hey Martin,
    > I had a similar situation on my 92, not sure if the 2002 is the same. On
    > mine I had to depress the button and pry the lid open. The latch had two
    > little ears that retract and release from a thin metal plate mounted to the
    > body of the compartment base. One of the ears was not retracting. I took the
    > latch out and found that something had broken in the latch itself. This left
    > me three choices, (1) remove the plate held in by two screws and have to no
    > latch at all, (2) replace latch $$$$, or (3) trim the metal out of the plate
    > that the side of the latch which was no longer working used to hold on to.
    > For my 92 with 250k miles #3 made sense and worked for me. Again not sure if
    > this works the same on the 2002 but maybe it will give you an option or two.
    >
    > Good Luck
    >
    > Best Regards,
    >
    > Tony



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    Bill
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    Default Re: center armrest storage stuck closed, how to open it?

    With that in mind. Look for the same model for sale at a dealer, and go take
    a look at it.

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    "Martin" <marcinpisz@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1155829486.205633.199740@75g2000cwc.googlegro ups.com...
    > Thanks Tony
    >
    > I'll guess I will wait a little longer till someone can find out
    > exactly how it works. I think it will work but I hate prying things
    > open until I have to. Maybee I'll go to a dealer and find out if I can
    > see things from inside, before I try prying it open.
    > Tony Collums wrote:
    >> Hey Martin,
    >> I had a similar situation on my 92, not sure if the 2002 is the same. On
    >> mine I had to depress the button and pry the lid open. The latch had two
    >> little ears that retract and release from a thin metal plate mounted to
    >> the
    >> body of the compartment base. One of the ears was not retracting. I took
    >> the
    >> latch out and found that something had broken in the latch itself. This
    >> left
    >> me three choices, (1) remove the plate held in by two screws and have to
    >> no
    >> latch at all, (2) replace latch $$$$, or (3) trim the metal out of the
    >> plate
    >> that the side of the latch which was no longer working used to hold on
    >> to.
    >> For my 92 with 250k miles #3 made sense and worked for me. Again not sure
    >> if
    >> this works the same on the 2002 but maybe it will give you an option or
    >> two.
    >>
    >> Good Luck
    >>
    >> Best Regards,
    >>
    >> Tony

    >




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    #1ACGuy
    Guest

    Default Re: center armrest storage stuck closed, how to open it?

    On mine, I have to squeeze the door/hatch, closed tighter than it is in it's
    relaxed state, then push the button. In other words, try holding the door
    tightly closed, then push the button.
    Hope this works, Alex
    "Martin" <marcinpisz@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1155775678.446718.175430@74g2000cwt.googlegro ups.com...
    > Hi
    >
    > I have a 2002 GMC Sierra 2500hd crew cab and the center armrest/storage
    > won't open with the large push button. It's stuck closed. Any idea
    > how to open it? I tried jamming thin pieces of metal down the side of
    > the button with no luck. Any clues. Can anyone open theirs and see
    > how it works. Maybe it can be seen by just opening the storage. Mine
    > is the SL model.
    >




  6. #6
    Todd A. Delk
    Guest

    Default Re: center armrest storage stuck closed, how to open it?

    drill out the lock

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    Todd A. Delk
    "Martin" <marcinpisz@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1155775678.446718.175430@74g2000cwt.googlegro ups.com...
    > Hi
    >
    > I have a 2002 GMC Sierra 2500hd crew cab and the center armrest/storage
    > won't open with the large push button. It's stuck closed. Any idea
    > how to open it? I tried jamming thin pieces of metal down the side of
    > the button with no luck. Any clues. Can anyone open theirs and see
    > how it works. Maybe it can be seen by just opening the storage. Mine
    > is the SL model.
    >




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