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Headliner removal I am trying to find information on how to remove my headliner because of a strange knocking noise i am hearing on my roof when i encounter bumps or am driving on a rough road. I already checked the roof rack and it is secure. Is there any special instructions for removal I should be aware of before I start and will I be able to place the same headliner back up when done as long as i do not damage it?

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  • wmfrey Jan 12, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 2002 Explorer. I have also checked the roof racks, overhead lights, etc. If you discover the problem, please post it here. I'm dreading removing the headliner and hope I will see a solution before I do.

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    I have the same problem.  It was my back window rattling.  One side came loose at the hinge.  When I opened it the window nearly came flying off. 

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    How do I remove the rear view mirror from an 03 beetle safely. Im dropping the headliner to install a new one.

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This is not an easy repair w/o damaging the headliner. There is nothing up there except maybe a roof brace. Check the luggae rack again by trying to move all the peices. One must be loose.
there are 27 steps!
If equipped, remove the overhead console.

  1. Remove the screw and disconnect the electrical connectors
  2. If equipped, remove the electronic compass sensor.
  3. If equipped, disconnect the auto dimming interior mirror connector.
  4. Remove the interior/map reading lamp. For additional information, refer to Section 417-02 .
    • Upon installation, make sure the notch in the headliner aligns with the tab on the interior/map reading lamp bracket.
  5. Disconnect the roof opening panel electrical connector and the wire connector pin-type retainer.
  6. Remove the gimp around the roof opening panel.
    1. Remove the sun visors. For additional information, refer to Sun Visor in this section.
    1. Position aside the door opening weatherstrips
  7. NOTE: Installing the LH side sun visor clip will support front of headliner while working on headliner.
    Install the LH side sun visor retainer clip.
    • Loosely install the screw.
  • Disconnect the electrical connector and the wiring pin-type retainers on the A-pillar.
    1. Release the upper B-pillar trim panel clips and position aside the upper B-pillar trim panel.
    Release the C-pillar trim panel clips and position aside the C-pillar trim panel
    1. Remove the rear upper headliner trim panel.
    2. Remove the D-pillar trim panel.
    Vehicles with rear climate control
    1. Remove the rear auxiliary A/C controls.
      • Disconnect the electrical connectors
    2. Position aside the LH rear quarter trim panel.
    3. Disconnect the electrical connectors.
    4. Remove the pin-type retainers and the upper air duct.
      • Push down on the air duct, tilt the top outward and pull upward to remove the air duct
    5. Remove the lower air duct.
    6. Disconnect the electrical connector located at the C-pillar.
      • Release the wiring harness pin-type retainers.
    7. : To prevent damage to the coat hanger retainer, use a 3/16-inch flat-blade screwdriver for this step. Remove the third row coat hooks.
      • Open the access cover.
      • Insert a screwdriver into the coat hook slot and turn the screwdriver 90 degrees so that it engages in the plastic component slot. This will spread the steal attachment clip wings to allow the plastic component to disengage. The steal clip will stay engaged in the sheet metal.
    8. Remove the rear headliner pin-type retainer.
    9. NOTE: An assistance is required to help support the center of the headliner for the remaining steps.
      1. Headliner removal - s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: To prevent damage to the coat hanger retainer, use a 3/16-inch flat-blade screwdriver for this step.
        Remove the second row coat hooks.
        • Open the access cover.
        • Insert a screwdriver into the coat hook slot and turn the screwdriver 90 degrees so that it engages in the plastic component slot. This will spread the steal attachment clip wings to allow the plastic component to disengage. The steal clip will stay engaged in the sheet metal.
      2. Remove the LH side sun visor retainer clip.
        • Open the access cover and remove the screw.
      3. NOTE: Rear seats must be folded down and front seats reclined back for this step.
        Tilt the RH side of the headliner upward and remove the headliner from the rear of the vehicle.
    good luck

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