Glove Box : A compartment on the dashboard originally designed to hold gloves, but is used to hold the owners manual and other personal belongings in the dashboard. A glove box is usually a lockable compartment however not always does it have a lock. Glove box problems are minor repairs. A glove box door, box, light, latch and lock is all that can really go wrong. Some cars do however use fancier mechanisms to gently open and close the glove box.