How to Replace the Headliner of Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Vehicles is a mid-size Vehicles with a fabric headliner. The headliner in a Vehicles can begin to sag if the adhesive holding the fabric to the headliner board begins to fall. This creates what looks like a giant air bubble on the ceiling and can hang down so far, it obstructs the driver's view. The headliner may also come loose from the sides of the headliner, causing it to fall down. The only permanent repair is to replace the headliner on an Vehicles.

Under The Hood:

 How to Replace the Headliner of a Ford F-150

Remove the old headliner from the Ford F-150 by removing the visible Phillips screws from the plastic trim pieces around the edges of the headliner. Remove the Phillips screws holding the sun visors on. There is one screw on each side of the sun visor. On older models, the headliner board can now be pulled down. On newer models, use a flat screwdriver to remove the plastic case surrounding the overhead lights. Insert the screwdriver and pop the plastic off. The lights can stay in place.

Pull the headliner board out of the truck and lay it on the ground or in the back of the truck for a taller work area. If you are using the old headliner board and adding new headliner material, pull the old material off. Use spray adhesive to attach the new fabric to the board. Use scissors to cut out any holes for the overhead lights. Make very small holes for the screws in the sun visor area.

Place the headliner back inside the truck with the new material facing down. Have a friend hold the headliner up while you attach the trim pieces back along the edges of the headliner. Replace the screws in the trim and on the sun visors. Replace the overhead light if needed. Push it into place and it should pop back in.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flat screwdriver

  • Headliner material

  • Spray adhesive

  • Scissors

 How to Replace a Headliner in a Mini Van

Remove the old headliner first. Start with any trim pieces like dome lights, clothes hangers and entertainment accessories. Use a flat screwdriver to pry the plastic housing around television monitors and dome lights. Once these plastic pieces are off, you can see that the headliner can come down around them without having to actually remove the electronic equipment or wiring. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the visible screws from the clothes hangers. There are plastic strips of trim or molding outlining the entire headliner. Remove the Phillips screws from the molding and pull it down. The headliner should come down now or after gentle tugging. someone to help you pull it out since it is very long.

Pull the headliner down and out of the back of the mini van for easier removal. It is also easier if you have someone to help you pull it out since it is very long. Lay the headliner on a flat surface so that you can reach all sides of it.

Grab a corner or sagging section of the thin headliner fabric and pull it off of the headliner board. The fabric should easily come completely off of the board. Lay the new fabric material on top of the headliner board and cut it to fit, leaving 2 to 3 inches around all edges for overhang.

Lift small sections of the fabric and fold it back. Spray a coat of adhesive glue onto the headliner board and onto the back side of the fabric. Wait 1 minute for the adhesive to become tacky. Press the fabric down on the sprayed section and use your hand to smooth any wrinkles. Do this until the entire headliner has new material glued to it.

Pull the headliner back inside the mini van with the new fabric facing down towards the seats. Have another person help hold the headliner up against the ceiling while you install the Phillips screws into the plastic molding around the edges of the headliner. Make sure to tuck the excess inches of fabric behind the headliner so that it doesn't show. Once the molding it in place, the headliner should stay without someone holding it.

Reinstall the other trim pieces like the plastic surrounding the television monitor, dome lights and the clothes hangers.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flat screwdriver

  • Spray adhesive

  • Scissors

 How to Replace the Headliner for a Xj8 Jaguar Vanden Plas

Unscrew the individual, silver bolts in each corner of the Jaguar headliner with a wrench. Feed, carefully, the loosened Jaguar headliner through one of the back doors within the Jaguar.

Wipe the scraps of glue left on the exposed roof of the Jaguar with sandpaper.

Spray a thin, but covering, layer of adhesive glue on one side of the new Jaguar headliner. Press the Jaguar headliner on to the roof of the vehicle.

Cut all, if any, overlapping headliner material with a pair of scissors. Screw the individual bolts back into their respective corners in the Jaguar Vanden with the wrench.

Items you will need

  • Sandpaper

  • Wrench

  • Scissors

  • Spray glue

  • Headliner fabric

 How to Replace a Headliner on an S10

Remove the old headliner and headliner board from the S10. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws from the sun visors, the clothes hook and the plastic molding that holds up the edges of the headliner board. Pull the headliner board out of the truck, being careful not to bend it so far that it breaks.

Lay the headliner board on the ground, and pull off the old headliner material. The old adhesive can remain on the board.

Place the new material on the headliner board, and use scissors to cut it to size, leaving an extra two inches around the edges. Also, make very small holes where the screws go through the material and into the headliner board.

Fold the headliner material over, and spray the underside of the material and the headliner board with the spray adhesive. Let the adhesive dry for five minutes, or until it becomes tacky. Fold the material back onto the headliner, and smooth out any wrinkles, using your hand. Turn it over, and spray the excess material with adhesive. Let it dry for five minutes, and fold it over the back of the headliner board.

Put the headliner back into the S10, and install the screws into the plastic molding around the top, first. This will hold up the headliner, so you can replace the sun visors and clothes hook.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Fabric

  • Scissors

  • Spray adhesive

 How to Replace a Headliner in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Remove the interior sun visors by backing out the holding screws on the sun visor brackets located at the top corner of each side of the windshield with a Phillips screw driver in a counterclockwise direction. Remove the screws at the base of the trim piece over each interior door frame by backing them out with a Phillips screwdriver in a counterclockwise direction. Use pliers and gently move the trim piece back and forth until the holding clips release. Remove the moldings.

Remove the interior molding over the rear window by turning out the holding screws in a counterclockwise direction with a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the plastic covers on the seat belt anchors by prying them off with a flat blade screwdriver.

Release the dome light cover by pressing inward on each side with your fingers and remove the cover. Remove the dome light bulb by pulling it out by hand. Remove the dome light base holding clips with pliers. Pull the base from the headliner and disconnect the bulb wiring by pulling apart the connector by hand. Remove the dome light base.

Move the headliner sideways towards the left-hand side of the car to release the holding clips near the top of the windshield. Remove the headliner from the car.

Place the new headliner into position (make sure the cloth side is facing downwards) where the old headliner was removed. Line up the holes in the sides of the headliner with the seat belt anchors and press the headliner into position over the anchors.

Line up the holes at the front of the headliner with the sun visor mounting holes above the windshield. Replace the sun visor brackets with the original screws, but do not tighten the screws. Replace the molding over the rear window and tighten in the original screws with a Phillips screwdriver in a clockwise direction. Now tighten the sun visor bracket screws with a Phillips screwdriver in a clockwise direction.

Reinstall the trim pieces over the door frames by pressing them into position until the clips snap into place. Replace the screws at the base of the pieces by turning them in with a Phillips screwdriver in a clockwise direction. Fish the dome light wiring through the hole in the center of the headliner and plug the wiring connector on the dome light base back into the connector on the wires. Push the dome light holding clips back into place until they snap. Push the bulb back into its socket. Push the dome light cover onto the base until it snaps into place.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Pliers

  • Flat blade screwdriver

 How to Replace the Headliner in a 1998 Saturn SL2

Remove the retaining screws holding the sun visors in place, using a screwdriver. Remove the visors from the headliner.

Place a small pry bar between the trim over the window opening and the headliner. Pry the trim away from the headliner, pulling the metal retaining clips from the mounting holes in the body. Repeat around the other window openings.

Remove the screw holding the passenger handle to the headliner, using a screwdriver. Remove the handle from the headliner.

Push in the plastic clips on the dome light cover to remove it. Detach the retaining screw that holds the cover in place, using a screwdriver. Detach the electrical connection and remove the cover.

Pull the front of the headliner away from the body. It is usually held in place by velcro.

Pull the rear of the headliner away from the body. It is usually held in place by velcro.

Angle the headliner and remove it from the passenger's side front door.

Angle the new headliner and insert it through the passenger's side door.

Attach the rear of the headliner to the body. If the new headliner does not include velcro, attach a piece of velcro to the top of the headliner.

Attach the front of the headliner to the body. If the new headliner does not include velcro, attach a piece of velcro to the top of the headliner.

Attach the electrical connection to the dome light and install the dome light retaining screw with a screwdriver. Push the plastic dome light cover onto the dome light.

Place the passenger handle into place and install the retaining screw with a screwdriver.

Push the trim over the window opening back to the body to force the metal retaining clips through the mounting holes on the body. Repeat around the other window openings.

Position the sun visors on the headliner and install the retaining screw with a screwdriver.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Pry bar

  • Velcro

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