How to Remove the Headliner From a Lincoln Town Car

by Brenda Priddy

A headliner is a piece of flexible board or cardboard that attaches to the ceiling of a vehicle. The board is covered in fabric or carpeting to give the car a cozy feel. Removing the headliner from a Lincoln Town Car is a simple and straightforward process. Provided you loosen all of the screws and attachments that hold the headliner in place, removal should not be a problem. Labeling each trim piece during the removal process makes it easier to install the headliner when the job is finished.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

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