Learning to Repair Car Headliners by Yourself

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Most people who own a car are familiar with how to change the oil, but they might not know that there’s another step in maintaining their vehicle. You can learn how to take cars’ headliner plastics by yourself using some simple tools and skills. If you want to learn more about this process, read on!

Take the Headliner Plastics Out of Your Car

To take the car headliner repair, you’ll need to remove the plastic. This can be done in two ways:

  • Use a screwdriver or other tool to pry up on one side of the plastic and pull it out (this method is best for more difficult-to-reach areas).
  • Prying off individual clips around each corner of your car’s headliner and pulling them free (this method is better for easier-to-reach areas).

Be careful not to damage any of the wiring or accessories that are located in the headliner. Once you’ve removed all of the plastic from around your car’s windows, start prying off each one and removing it from its respective clips.

Locate the Light Bulb and Remove It

There are two ways to remove the light bulb:

  • Using a screwdriver, carefully pry the housing apart by using your fingers to guide it. The housing should come off easily after this. If you do not have enough room in which to work, use pliers or wire cutters instead of a screwdriver for leverage just make sure that you don’t damage any wires!
  • Once you’ve removed the housing from around your new light bulb, insert it into its socket and turn on its power switch (usually marked with an on-off symbol). Once it’s glowing brightly, replace everything back together again so that there is no loose wiring or bent parts anywhere near where they should be located.

Replace the Plastic and Replace the Rear Seal

To change the car headliner repair, you’ll need to remove the plastic and replace it with new ones. You can do this by following these steps:

  • Open up your car and remove all of its plastic parts. This includes both sides of the roof, as well as around any other areas where there might be a panel or piece of trimming that needs to be removed before you start working on your Headliner Replacement Kit (HRK).
  • Remove all screws holding in place any pieces of plastic that are currently attached to your vehicle’s interior surfaces using an Allen wrench set this will make it much easier for you later when trying to work on all those pieces at once!
  • Once all the plastic pieces are removed, it’s time to take out the old headliner. You can do this by simply pulling it away from the rest of your car’s interior surfaces and tossing it into a pile in the backseat or trunk. 

Replace the Rear Seal, If Necessary, Replace the Headliner

The rear seal is the rubber piece that goes between the headliner and the carpet. If you have a lot of miles on your car, it’s likely that this part has become worn out or stretched out of shape from use. You can usually see where it connects to your headliner by looking at where your seatbelt buckle attaches to it. If this isn’t working correctly (or at all) then you may need to replace both parts together as a pair before continuing on with repairs! The front seal is the rubber piece that goes between the carpet and the seat. If you have a lot of miles on your car, it’s likely that this part has become worn out or stretched out of shape from use.

The Process Is Easy Enough To Do Yourself

You don’t need to be a mechanic, you don’t need special tools and you can do it in your own time. You’ll first want to remove the headliner from its place in the car by pulling gently on it until it comes loose. Once removed, place some newspaper beneath the headliner because this will help prevent any damage done by removing staples or nails that may have been used during the installation of the original material.


We hope you’ve found these car headliner repair tips helpful. If you follow the steps listed above, then you should be able to repair your headliner yourself in no time. Remember that if at any point you feel like things are too difficult or aren’t going well, don’t give up on yourself! It can be hard work learning how to fix something on your own but with patience and perseverance, it will eventually become second nature for everyone.