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Headliner Removal Guide
Topic Started: Dec 31 2008, 12:04 AM (11,175 Views)
Oxxon
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OK, so the headliner was starting to go on my 98 2dr LSI.

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I removed the visors, the dome light and all of the plastic push pins I could find. Note the pin under the dome light.

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I then removed the plastic trim. They pop off really easy but have sharp edges so beware.

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I used this tool to remove the pins. Its used to remove door handles but it works great with the pins. I'm happy to say the I did not break a single pin.

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Along with fixing the headliner I went ahead and replaced the factory rear speakers with some Wally World specials. I had to remove all the trim from inside the car. Make sure to find all of those pins like this one that was hiding under the carpet in the trunk area.

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After I removed all of the trim parts from both sides of the car was finally able to remove the headliner. They used some glue to hold up the headliner. I was able to use a knife to cut the glue. I might have done the wrong thing but I just pulled on the headliner until it finally came off.

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Here is the headliner but I had a small problem at the windshield.

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This part of the headliner was glued to the windshield. I just used a box cutter and trimmed as close as I could to the edge.

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This is a better look at the headliner where it was coming off.

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I used some spray adhesive and some carpet from Wally World.

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Due to the shape of the headliner I did run into some problems. This was my first try at this repair but I took my time and with some key cuts in the right place things worked out.

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The roll carpet was long enough but not wide enough so I used 2 pieces cover all of the headliner.

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While I let the adhesive dry I changed the speakers. I put the headliner back in. I used some adhesive just like they did in the factory so the headliner would stick to the roof of the car. I also made sure to make cuts in the carpet for visors, the domelight and the push pins.

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This is in the back near the air vents.

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Over all it was an easy job. Just take your time. It took me about 3 hours but I did also change the speakers so it took me longer. Also, the carpet I used is a bit thicker and did give me a few problems. I hope this helps.












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Johnny Mullet
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Hey, that's a great Howto :)

Thank you for sharing. I am sure others will benefit from this.
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woodman
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Hay GOOD job what kind of adhesive did you use to hold it to the metal roof? I asume you used some sort of contact adhesive for the carpet like 3M.
And what Metro has vents in the roof?
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Nice job.

This past weekend I pulled the headliner from my '98 as well. Went through some of the pains you did with the glue.

I installed an NMO mount in the center of the roof for my amateur radio antenna. Nice little 3/8" hole direct in the center of the cab. This the 4th car I've done it in so far and no leaks. Nice professional installation with no coax showing.

On the Subaru and the '88 Sprint, I also drilled an 1" hole in the rear quarter fenders for a ball mount to support larger antennas. I'll try to get some pictures up soon.
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woodman
Dec 31 2008, 08:08 AM
Hay GOOD job what kind of adhesive did you use to hold it to the metal roof? I asume you used some sort of contact adhesive for the carpet like 3M.
And what Metro has vents in the roof?
Definitely a good job! I am going to remove mine and take it to a local company that re-installs the original type headliner material but this one looks good. It will be interesting to see if your adhesive stays good over the long haul. Keep us posted.

Woodman, my daughters '96, my '97 and my son's (now mine since he bought a '98 Eclipse convertible) '98 Metro's all have 2 of those vents like in Oxxon's pic at the rear of their headliners, one each on the L.H. and R.H. side. They do not have any fan blown air going through them so I am unsure exactly what their function is.
Edited by metromad, Dec 31 2008, 11:29 AM.
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Oxxon
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Woodman, yes I used 3m contact adhesive.

I still wonder about the rear vents but I put them back in just incase the do serve a function.
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The vents you are referring to let the air out.
I know it sounds fishy.
The newer models are sealed much better than the older ones.
When they were new......
If you turn the blower on high, you would actually get positive pressure in the cabin.
Those vents release that pressure so your ears won't "!PoP!"
Given the age of these vehicle now That is probably not an issue.
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Johnny Mullet
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Those vents also make it easier for the door to close when all the windows are up :)

BTW, mt dad is a ham. KA3MHM
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Johnny Mullet
Dec 31 2008, 10:13 PM
BTW, mt dad is a ham. KA3MHM
...and your not?

Heh, that's great though. Us Hams are getting few and far between. Glad to see some knowledge of the hobby.

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I see those little bugers now :lol never noticed them before...


And what type of cement used to hold it to the metal roof (liquid nails you would never get it off)
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metroschultz
Dec 31 2008, 09:25 PM
The vents you are referring to let the air out.
I know it sounds fishy.
The newer models are sealed much better than the older ones.
When they were new......
If you turn the blower on high, you would actually get positive pressure in the cabin.
Those vents release that pressure so your ears won't "!PoP!"
Given the age of these vehicle now That is probably not an issue.
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Johnny Mullet
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Those vents also make it easier for the door to close when all the windows are up



Um, sorry to disagree guys but you are both way off base here. Those little vents do not go outside. The vents you are referring to, at least on the pre-'95 models, are down behind the rear quarter panel covers. They consist of a flap of plastic that opens like a one way valve when the cabin of the car is pressurized and then shut when pressure is neutral. I got a good look at them on the '92 I scrapped last year due to cancer. I kept the front and rear bumper covers and when I removed the rear bumper cover, the cabin vents were right there on each corner. These vents in the headliner go nowhere except between the headliner and the roof of the car. Maybe they allow hot air from between the headliner and metal roof of the car out when the sun heats it but I would not think there would be that much of a problem there.
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I used the all purpose adhesive from 3M I found at Wally World for the roof. I thought there would be a strong adhesive smell but there never was any.
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Hay Oxxon I noticed you live in the same town my wife was raised. She still has a lot of family down their, even a judge in the family.
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metromad


Wasn't it "Laugh In" that used to have that "Here comes the Judge line"? Ooh, ooh, my age, my age!
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Woodman, really? Wow, how did she get so far North?
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