How to Remove the Headliner From Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Your Vehicles headliner provides an aesthetic touch to the inside of the passenger cabin. The headliner itself rarely needs to be replaced. But if you get a tear in it, or it becomes damaged somehow, you'll need to buy a replacement headliner from a Vehicles dealership. Alternatively, try to purchase a replacement headliner from an auto parts store. The headliner in the Vehicles is held in place with the interior molding and trim pieces, as well as glue. You'll need a special tool, called a trim removal tool, to remove the headliner. This tool is available Vehicles any auto parts store.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove the Headliner From a 2007 GMC Sierra

Pop the cover off of the dome light in the center of the ceiling using a flat screwdriver. Remove the Phillips screws found next to the bulb. Pull the plastic light housing down from the ceiling. The light bulb and wire will remain hanging from the ceiling.

Unscrew the Phillips screws from the sun visors. There are three screws on each plastic triangle that attach the sun visors to the ceiling. Take the sun visors down. Unscrew and remove the Phillips screws from the plastic garment hook on each side of the truck. On a single cab, these hooks are just behind the driver's seat and in extended cab and crew cab Sierra models they are over the rear doors.

Remove the Phillips screws from the plastic trim that surrounds the headliner. Remove the screws and pull the trim down. The GMC Sierra's headliner should now come down easily.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flat screwdriver

 How to Remove the Headliner From a Toyota Camry

Remove the headrests from the top of the seats by pulling the headrests up gently until they come off. Set the headrests aside.

Use a screwdriver to remove all the trim holding the headliner in place along the top of the ceiling. Place the screws in a small container to save for reinstallation of the Camry headliner.

Unscrew any clothes hooks, door handles and other attachments screwed into the top of the headliner.

Unscrew the mirror housing from the front of the car where it attaches to the ceiling. Remove screws and brackets holding the sun visors in place.

Pry the dome light away from the roof with a small pry bar. Remove any screws holding the light in place. Disconnect the wires by hand, and set the light aside.

Remove any other screws or plastic strip pieces holding the liner in place. For some Camry models, you may need to remove some wall paneling that holds up the headliner.

Unclip the headliner from the car's ceiling by removing the clips along the windshield and the back part of the car. Place the clips into a small bucket for later.

Move all the trim pieces to a safe location. Remove any rubber stripping between the headliner and the car ceiling.

Start to pull the headliner down from the ceiling beginning at the edge closest to the windshield. Apply some pressure to pull the headliner down if it is glued or rusted to the top.

Pull the headliner off the ceiling.

Pull the headliner down toward the back seat. Bend the headliner to make the task easier if the headliner bends. If it does not bend, you must be more careful. Angle the headliner board so you can pull it out from one of the back passenger-side doors.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Small container

  • Small pry bar

 How to Remove the Headliner From a Lincoln Town Car

Locate the screws holding the headliner in place. These screws are on the clothing hooks and under the handles attached to the ceiling above the doors. Unscrew these screws with the Phillips screwdriver and place them in a safe place.

Pop out the roofing trim surrounding the Lincoln ceiling. Use a flathead screwdriver to gently pry out stubborn pieces. Determine whether any door trim pieces need to be removed, and use a screwdriver to remove the scews on pieces that must be removed.

Label the placement of each trim piece with a marker so the pieces can be reinstalled properly later. Set the trim pieces aside in a safe location.

Remove the plugs holding any remaining trim pieces in place by using the edge of the flathead screwdriver to pop them out. Slide the top trim pieces up to release them from their connection to the ceiling.

Use the putty knife to pry the headliner away from the top of the car. Proceed slowly because the headliner is glued against the vehicle roof. Bend the board slightly if necessary, because the headliner springs back easily after bending.

Open all the vehicle doors for easier maneuvering of the headliner board. Remove the headliner board from the car after detaching it by bending the board in half and pulling it out through the back doors. Some maneuvering of the board is needed to coax it out of the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Putty knife

  • Glue solvent

  • Heat gun

  • Marker

 How to Remove the Headliner on a 2004 Toyota Corolla

Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the sun visors from the headliner. There are two screws in the main base of the sun visors and one screw in the base that holds the lose end of the sun visor to the ceiling.

Remove the plastic trim pieces off of the Corolla using your hands. Remove the plastic pillars on each side of the windshield, on each side of the rear window and the flat plastic piece between the front and rear glass windows on the sides. These pieces are easily popped off.

Pull the headliner down from the ceiling of the Corolla. Pull gently so the thick headliner board doesn't crack or break. Turn the headliner at an angle so that it can fit out of the door.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flat screwdriver

 How to Remove the Headliner on a Volvo 850

Remove all of the plastic trim covering any portion of the headliner. This includes the trim surrounding the sunroof (if applicable), the panels covering the dome light, and the side trim over the doors. Use an automotive interior trim tool to unfasten the clips behind each panel.

Remove the screws on the grab handles by each door and the courtesy light. Pull them both out of the headliner and unhook the wiring connector clipped to the light.

Pull the headliner down, which is held on by a couple of hidden fasteners. A gentle tug will finish separating it from the roof. If your Volvo 850 is the wagon version, you can slide the headliner straight out the back of the car. If it's not a wagon, the only option is to remove it through the front passenger door. It will be necessary to bend the headliner slightly for it to fit through the opening.

Remove the headliner from the backing board if you wish to replace it. Peel up one corner of the fabric using a knife or scraper, then pull the rest of it off. Scrape off any remaining chunks of fabric or glue.

Roll a replacement length of foam-backed headliner fabric over the backing board. With a knife, cut it to a length slightly longer than the board. Spray the board with a liberal amount of headliner adhesive, then roll the fabric over the board. Work slowly, taking care not to create any bunches or bubbles in the fabric. When the fabric has been completely laid out, firmly rub the surface with your hand to help the glue bite into the fabric. Trim the excess material from the edges using a knife.

Replace the headliner. Push it firmly into the ceiling until it snaps into place. Put the grab handles and light back on. Screw them down tightly and reconnect the wiring harness to the light. Replace the trim pieces, which simply snap back on.

Items you will need

  • Interior trim tool

  • Screwdriver

  • Knife

  • Scraper

  • Foam-backed headliner fabric

  • Headliner adhesive

 How to Remove the Headliner in a Yukon Denali

Remove all of the trim from around the edges of the headliner by prying it away from the doors and windows with a screwdriver.

Disconnect the overhead light by unscrewing the mounting bracket with the screwdriver and pulling the wiring harness out of the ceiling. Pull the butterfly clips from the edge of the headliner free. Use the pliers to pry the clips free.

Lay the front seats down in order to maneuver the headliner out of the passenger side door and lay the old headliner next to the new headliner on the ground and transfer the butterfly clips from one headliner to the other.

Spray the adhesive around the perimeter of the headliner and allow it to dry to tacky (around 15 minutes).

Slide the headliner into the cab of the Denali and press the headliner to the ceiling. Press the butterfly clips into place and applying firm pressure around the entire perimeter of the headliner, reinstall the trim. Reattach the wire to the overhead light by pressing the wiring harness firmly into the connection in the ceiling, then reinstall the mounting bracket and press the light fixture back into place on the headliner.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Adhesive

  • Razor blade utility knife

  • Pliers

 How to Remove the Headliner on a Ford Escape

Pry the center dome light cover off the dome light.

Unscrew the retaining screws in the dome light fixture and pull the dome light down.

Unplug the electrical connector from the back of the dome light fixture.

Wedge the trim removal tool underneath the headliner trim.

Pry the headliner trim off the headliner. It's held in place with retaining clips, so you may need to pry pretty hard to remove it.

Wedge the trim removal tool under the headliner and pry the headliner off the roof of the Escape.

Items you will need

  • Trim removal tool

  • Screwdriver (Phillips head)

  • Screwdriver (flat head)

 How to Remove the Headliner on a Silverado

Use a flat screwdriver to remove the plastic casing surrounding any accessories on the ceiling. This includes the plastic surrounding the dome lights in every Silverado. It also includes the plastic housing surrounding any television monitors that you've had installed or from around the sunroof that is optional on higher level Silverados. Gently pry the plastic up with a flat screwdriver and then pull it off with your fingers.

Fold the visors down and find the Phillips screws that are holding the visors to the headliner, located in the base of the visor on the ceiling. On newer models of Silverados, there are two Phillips screws, one on each end of the visor. Remove these screws.

Remove the Phillips screws from the plastic molding from around the edges of the headliner. These screws are visible, and once they are removed the headliner will come down easily.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flat screwdriver

 How to Remove the Headliner in a Chevy TrailBlazer

Pull off the four plastic caps that cover the top of the seat belts. This will reveal the bolt underneath them that holds each seat belt in place.

Unbolt the seat belts from the pillars, using the 3/8-inch ratchet and sockets. Then pull off the tops of the seat belts, and place them to the sides.

Remove the dome lights, using the flat-head screwdriver to pop off the covers and pull out the lights. Unplug the harnesses that clip into the rear of the dome lights.

Use the Phillips screwdriver to unbolt the roof console, if your TrailBlazer is equipped with one. Unplug the wiring from the console.

Unscrew the visors and visor clips from the roof, using the 3/8-inch ratchet and Torx-head sockets.

Pull back the plastic pillar trim pieces with your hands. Start at the front of the vehicle and work your way backward, gently applying force to the clips and pulling the panel back. They don't need to be removed all the way, just most of the way to give the headliner room to move.

Pull down the rubber molding on the inside of the doors and hatch. You can push these back into place when done.

Pop the hatch, and pull the headliner out of the vehicle from that spot. It's easiest to do a straight run right out of the back of the vehicle.

Reassemble in the reverse order of disassembly.

Items you will need

  • 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Torx-head socket set

 How to Remove the Headliner From a 1995 Nissan Pickup Truck

Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws from the sun visors. There is a small triangle-shaped plastic mount that secures the sun visors to the ceiling. Remove the two Phillips screws from each of these mounts. The sun visors and mounts will come down.

Locate the visible Phillips screws around the edges of the headliner in the plastic molding. Remove these screws and pull the molding down once piece at a time. This molding is located along the front, back and both sides of the ceiling and headliner.

Pull the headliner down from the ceiling of the Nissan. 1995 Nissan pickup trucks don't have a dome light or rearview mirror attached to them, so they should come down as soon as the plastic molding is removed. Be careful not to bend the headliner board or it could crack.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

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