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Old 08-02-2006, 08:30 PM
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How do I Remove the Headliner?

I have a few dents that I would like to remove, but I dont know how to remove the headliner. I have a 2005 MCSa, so I dont have the clock by the rear view mirror.

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Old 08-02-2006, 08:35 PM
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How did you manage to get dents in your headliner?




I am curious how to remove the headliner as well though...mmmmm, suede.
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Old 08-03-2006, 03:10 AM
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Very tricky without damgaing it. If you wanted to repair dents in the roof, you'd have to tear off the cardboard thats underneath the headliner that acts as a sound insulator (i guess) which is not a fun job as its very messy.
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Old 08-03-2006, 05:32 AM
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The dents are actually in the roof. lol.

There are 3 right above the drivers door and 1 right above the rear view mirror.

Any ideas?
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I'm no body shop man, but I think the dents are more easily removed by pulling them from the outside than pushing them out from the inside.

I'd check into a paintless dent repair shop before dissassembling my car. Having them give you an estimate and explaining their process will probably be very helpful even if you don't have them do it.
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Yucca's right, it may be easier to pull the dents out however, there's usually body work involved afterwards depending on how deep and where the dents are.
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Old 08-05-2006, 12:31 PM
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I tried pulling them myself, but tore a tiny hole in the vynal of my UJ roof.
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I'm no body shop man, but I think the dents are more easily removed by pulling them from the outside than pushing them out from the inside.

I'd check into a paintless dent repair shop before dissassembling my car. Having them give you an estimate and explaining their process will probably be very helpful even if you don't have them do it.
Depends. I had 4-5 shallow dents on my roof and my PDR specialist determined that a better job could be done from the inside out. He wouldn't use the puller-method. (He has used the puller on other dents on my other cars a couple times...he is very good at it.) It just depends.

Taking out the headliner was a pain, for sure, but I did it myself.
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Taking out the headliner was a pain, for sure, but I did it myself.

Care to share how you do it?
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No big secrets, really. Just time consuming. You need to remove all the visors, lights, etc. Just pull it beyond the rubber seals near the doors and windows. The toughest part is the pillar and rear hatch area plastic. These pieces are installed with mostly clips and some screws. Once the screws are out pull around the plastic and peer underneath to locate the clips and you will see which direction to pull. It's a couple hour job.
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Removing and installing/replacing headliner (with slide/tilt sunroof) SAME AS WITHOUT



Necessary preliminary tasks

Remove both front seats

Remove both trims for roof pillars (A-pillar) at front

Remove both panels for door pillars (top)

Remove both panels for roof pillars at rear

Remove interior rear-view mirror

Remove both sun visors and counter-supports

Remove clock FOR OLDER THAN 05' MODELS

Remove front roofliner trim

Remove rear roofliner trim

Remove complete ceiling light

Remove both rear grab handles

Remove ultrasonic module





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Two persons are needed to remove the roofliner from the car



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Detach roofliner and remove through passenger door
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WOW! That's a great writeup. Thank you!
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WOW! That's a great writeup. Thank you!

Glad i can help.
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Here is a related question. Are the pillars re-installable? I heard from someone that you must break them in order to take them off.

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Here is a related question. Are the pillars re-installable? I heard from someone that you must break them in order to take them off.

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just need new clips
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nice...that's simple enough Sounds like everything else in the interior, break a few clips replace and you're good to go
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Removing and installing/replacing headliner (with slide/tilt sunroof) SAME AS WITHOUT



Necessary preliminary tasks

Remove both front seats

Remove both trims for roof pillars (A-pillar) at front

Remove both panels for door pillars (top)

Remove both panels for roof pillars at rear

Remove interior rear-view mirror

Remove both sun visors and counter-supports

Remove clock FOR OLDER THAN 05' MODELS

Remove front roofliner trim

Remove rear roofliner trim

Remove complete ceiling light

Remove both rear grab handles

Remove ultrasonic module





Important
Two persons are needed to remove the roofliner from the car



Click the image to open in full size.
Detach roofliner and remove through passenger door
I couldn't open the links you listed for removing interior pieces - I got some message in German & it said I was not logged in. Can you copy & paste them into a message? I'm trying to run wiring for my Sat Rad & want to do a nice clean install.

Thanks!!!
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Old 10-04-2006, 08:12 AM
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Sorry....I notice my centernet site logs out after some time....When i get home tonite if i have time, ill do a better write up for you guys.
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This is very much appreciated!! I need to repair my boot hinges... (first time I called it a boot..) so the interior removal advice is greatly appreciated!

1 question... Are there any airbags to worry about in there? I can see on my left side rear pillar what seems to be airbag material like a curtain. I certainly don't want to set that badboy off..

I'll probably have to drive the car with the interior our for a few as well.
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just need new clips

If you are really careful it can be done AND keep the clips.

You will need to unbolt the "keeper strap"
and be handy with dental tools.

I did both sides and all clips were fine.
I removed the inner A pillars to paint them ultra flat black.
I really like not having the white / light color "in my face"
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This is very much appreciated!! I need to repair my boot hinges... (first time I called it a boot..) so the interior removal advice is greatly appreciated!

1 question... Are there any airbags to worry about in there? I can see on my left side rear pillar what seems to be airbag material like a curtain. I certainly don't want to set that badboy off..

I'll probably have to drive the car with the interior our for a few as well.
Still working on some time to write this up

Only airbags in the headliner is in the front a-pillar towards the b-pillar.
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Ahh cool, thanks! I certainly don't want to inadvertantly set those buggers off.
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Good lord, maybe it's NOT worth it to go through all of that for Sirius radio! Great write up nonetheless.
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Tell me about it! I'd almost rather cut holes in my headliner and make some fancy covers for the access holes... I can actuall fit my hand under the headliner and feel the darn bolt I need to tighten...
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Does anyone have a diagram of how everything is held together in there.. I can't seem to get the rear pillar covers off and I really don't want to break them..

I can get to the bolt/nut for my bad hinge but it seems as though it has bent a metal back plate that the nuts tightenes against... So it looks like most of the rear of the headliner needs to come down..

I really need some help here folks. Please?
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