GM Buick/Oldsmobile/Pontiac/Full-Size 1975-1990 Repair Guide

Headliner

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Vehicles with deluxe trim use a formed type of headliner that, as a replacement part, comes in two pieces. The headliner cover must be glued to the foundation. This is an extremely difficult operation requiring the use of a number of special tools. It would best be left to a competent automotive upholstery shop. Only the procedure for the standard headliner, which is relatively straightforward, are included here.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



On wagons, you will need a special tool J-2772 or equivalent to remove the headliner.

  1. Remove the following items from the roof of the vehicle:
    1. Courtesy lamps.
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    3. Sunshade supports.
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    5. Coat hooks.
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    7. Upper quarter trim finishing panels.
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    9. Side roof rail moldings.
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    11. Windshield and back window garnish moldings.
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    13. Shoulder strap retainers.
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    15. Windshield side garnish molding.
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    17. Roof mounted assist straps.
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    19. Sun roof trim finishing lace (if the vehicle has a sunroof).
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    21. Twin lift-off panel roof garnish moldings (if so-equipped).
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  3. Disengage tabs or clips on each side of the headlining from the attaching slots. On wagons, use the tool J2772 at one end of the molding and pry the molding loose from the retainer.
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  5. Then, on sedans move the entire assembly far enough rearward to provide clearance for its front to be pulled out through the front door opening, and remove it. On wagons, remove the headlining through the body rear opening.
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If the replacement lining does not have an insulator cemented to the upper surface, carefully remove the insulator from the original headlining. Then, spot cement the insulator to the replacement headlining to hold it in position during installation.


CAUTION
Load the assembly into the vehicle very carefully and excessive flexing can cause permanent deformation.

  1. On all sedans, install the rear portion of the headlining through the right front door opening, holding it diagonally. On wagons, put it in through the tailgate opening.
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  3. Engage the headlining at the tabs to retain it temporarily to the roof. Install the side roof rail attaching clips.
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  5. Align the headlining so that the cutouts for the sunshades and dome lamp line up. Install these two types of accessories, but do not fully tighten the mounting screws.
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  7. On wagons, align the finishing molding at the centerline of the roof and engage it with its retainer. Install the complete molding on both the right and left sides.
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  9. Install all other hardware removed in Step 1. You can shift the headliner in that area slightly to fit each item into place.
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  11. Fully tighten the sunshade and dome lamp mounting screws.
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