I am in the process of removing and replacing the fabric of the headliner of my 1999 saturn SL. I have so far removed all of the grab handles(correct me if that is not what the handles are called) except the one on the front passenger side of my vehicle. That one is built differently from the rest of the handles. How do I remove the handle?
We learned how to remove that one from a video on www.saturnseries.net ....they have a DoItYourself guide...just click on 'interior' and scroll down the list of videos until you find it. a guy named richpin gives the instruction. i think he's on youtube too. im doing the same thing, but am stuck on trying to get the plastic trim off the edges of the ceiling so i can get the headliner out.
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What kind of backing DOES it have. The fabric of the headliner cannot simply be glued to the roof frame. GM used a foam shell on many of its vehicles. Removal of the headliner must be done carefully to avoid breakage of the shell, although a small crack or two often is of no significance. Remove the old fabric by peeling it off the shell. This will usually leave a lot of the foam padding still clinging to the hard foam shell. This can be removed fairly easy with a vegetable brush, being careful not to gouge into the hard foam shell. There will still be a slight residue of the padding on the shell, but this is not a problem. At a fabric center, purchase a sufficient size piece of headliner fabric in a color that complements your interior. Ask the salesperson there to assist you in selecting the correct spray adhesive for the job. Dry fit the new headliner to the shell, leaving some extra on all sides that will be trimmed later. Fold back one half of the headliner fabric and apply the adhesive to both the shell and the back of the headliner fabric. Wait the specified time for the adhesive to prep, then, with assistance (its easier), roll the headliner back to the shell, ensuring no gaps or bubbles. Once you complete one half, fold back the other half and repeat. Cut any access holes needed (dome light, sun visor). Trim excess to edge of shell. Do not wrap the headliner around the side edges or it will not reinstall correctly. You may need to wrap the front and rear edges depending upon the trim on your interior. The edges will be hidden by the door and window trim. Reinstall shell.
You will need to remove the entire headliner, being careful not to crack the foam it is constructed. You will need to remove all the plastic door pillar covers, any clothes hangers, the dome light, etc.
You can purchase headliner fabric and adhesive at most fabric stores. The personnel there will assist you in getting the correct adhesive. You must remove all the old headliner fabric and backing pad material to get to the foam core for installation of the new headliner fabric. Lay out the fabric and cut it to size, allowing for some overlap in case you err slightly when positioning it. You will apply the adhesive to the foam core and to the back of the headliner fabric. It is a contact-type cement. Carefully position the fabric over the foam core and work from the center out to position it, being careful not to trap wrinkles or to stretch the fabric excessively. Trim off the excess and reinstall headliner.
The center-mount brake light inside the vehicle at the rear edge of the headliner for the sedan:
Carefully pull down the trim cover by its edges and remove it. To remove a center-mount brake light bulb socket, rotate it 1/4 turn counter-clockwise and pull it out. This is on page 12-15 of the Haynes Saturn L-series 2000 to 2004.
it is not rare in any older car. you can buy new headliner material, pull the old one out, clean it very very well, glue the new one onto the old hardboard and reinstall it. you can buy replacement sunvisors. look in the phonebook under upholstery and call around to find one that does cars.
When Your head liner starts to sag or You have another nice headliner You want to use in replacing Your old liner, it is actually a good thing. Removing and installing a new one is also a easy task and does not require any form of technicality to do this. Please get these instruments(Replacement headliner fabric, Spray glue adhesive, Screwdriver, Sandpaper, Scissors) and follow the steps below:
Remove everything that bolts into the headliner like visors, lights and coat hooks. These things are normally bolted to the ceiling through the headliner, making it impossible to remove the headliner with these things in place.
Take down the old headliner. You can grab it through the dome light hole or one of the other holes now showing. Be careful not to rip or bend the headliner. Slowly move it towards the rear of the car. You may have to remove some of the molding along the sides of the headliner.
Carefully take the headliner out through a door of the car. You may have to maneuver the headliner around the seats and steering wheel to get it out of a door. Be careful not to bend the headliner.
Peel the fabric off of the shell of the headliner. It should easily come off by pulling it with your hands. Use some sandpaper to remove any foam that remains on the headliner shell.
Lay the new fabric on the headliner in the correct position. Fold half of it back so the shell is visible.
Spray the adhesive glue on the visible side of the shell and on the underside of the fabric. Allow it to set until it has dried some.
Fold the fabric over slowly onto the shell. Smooth out any wrinkles as you go. Work your way to the outer corners of the shell.
Repeat the gluing procedure for the other half of the shell and fabric. Make sure to smooth out any wrinkles so the fabric doesn't completely dry this way.
Trim the left over fabric to 1/4 of an inch long. This will be hidden behind the molding of the car.
Install the headliner using the opposite steps you took to remove it. Slide it back into place, replace the molding and then the visors, lights and coat hooks
You could probably take the side closest to the sagging down and
spray the ceiling with adhesive and then press it back up. That would
probably be the cheapest bet. An auto detailing shop might also be able
to do it for you if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself.
The headliners in these cars all come down sooner or later. The
headliner in my 1979 Sedan deVille is finally starting to come loose and
I'm dreading doing a replacement because my Burnished Gold interior
color will likely be challenging to match correctly. The headliner
fabric comes loose because the fabric is glued to thin foam. The foam
disintegrates over time and the fabric comes loose as a result. Gluing
the existing headliner fabric back to the old broken down foam
underneath will never correct the problem. The only way to fix it is to
remove the old headliner and replace with a new one.
search google for the saturn fourms they had detailed instructions with pics . The short answer is all plastic trim around the top or doors from the windshield to the back window. The top of the dash needs to come off too It just pops off pretty easy . all clips you can see when the trim is pulled back a bit from the bottom and use a screwdriver to pry the clip out or it will break . you need a star wrench set to remove the setbelt bolts. the passenger handle is a pain I cant remember that one .
I have a base model Nissan pickup of the same year, hopefully the headliner is basically the same. It's a molded board piece that forms the structure that the foam and fabric are adhered to. To remove it, take down the sun visors and the dome light. The plastic trim pieces on the windshield pillars also have to come down (I think, it's been 18 months since I replaced mine). Also a couple of plastic buttons over the rear window. Once those are off you should be able to remove the headliner and maneuver it out of the vehicle. Clean the old headliner off as thoroughly as you can. You should be able to do a web search for the method of replacing the headliner material, basically you use contact cement. I got my replacement headliner material at Jo-Ann Fabrics, it was pretty cheap. Good luck.