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    Bradley Walker
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    Default 2001 Subaru Outback headliner: how to remove?

    Hello all,

    In pursuit of my repairing the first sunroof in my Outback, I learned I
    would have to remove the headliner in the vehicle so that I can check the
    sunroof motor, cable, and attachments to the window. Does one know how to
    remove the headliner? The headliner is seemingly held in place by the A bar
    and C bar posts at the edges of the doors and rear trunk. I don't want to
    mess with that right now because it's plastic and I don't want to break it.

    How do I start removing this?

    Bradley

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    S
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    Default 2001 Subaru Outback headliner: how to remove?

    Hi Bradley!

    On Wed, 12 Jul 2006 02:03:43 GMT, "Bradley Walker"
    <bawalkerREMOVE@THISmodemnet.net> wrote:


    >How do I start removing this?


    Probably not what you want to hear, but you don't "start" this
    project; you either commit to seeing it thru to the end, or you wait.

    Whatever, you will probably find it easiest to begin by removing both
    front seats, and maybe the back seat as well. Next pull the door sill
    trim, the A, B, C, D pillar trim pieces, the rear view mirror, the sun
    visors, the dome lamp assemblies, and finally the headliner and
    sunroof trim. At this point the headliner can be removed thru the rear
    hatch if you're careful.

    Assembly is the reverse, and it really helps to have an assistant. Any
    of the little metal clips that remain in the sheet metal should be
    removed and placed on the plastic prior to reinstallation (you'll see
    what I'm talking about when you get that far . . .).

    This really isn't as bad as it sounds, and you shouldn't have to worry
    too much about breaking plastic on a newer car as long as you exercise
    reasonable caution. Plus it is a good time to take the shop-vac to the
    interior, as you can now access all of those little nooks and crannies
    that otherwise are impossible.

    ByeBye! S.

    Steve Jernigan KG0MB
    Laboratory Manager
    Microelectronics Research
    University of Colorado
    (719) 262-3101

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    Bradley Walker
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    Default 2001 Subaru Outback headliner: how to remove?

    Thanks for that information. My main concern is being able to do this
    without breaking/scratching/tearing the plastic pillar trim pieces. How far
    off do I need to pull the plastic pillar pieces before I can begin to start
    removing the headliner?


    > Probably not what you want to hear, but you don't "start" this
    > project; you either commit to seeing it thru to the end, or you wait.
    >
    > Whatever, you will probably find it easiest to begin by removing both
    > front seats, and maybe the back seat as well. Next pull the door sill
    > trim, the A, B, C, D pillar trim pieces, the rear view mirror, the sun
    > visors, the dome lamp assemblies, and finally the headliner and
    > sunroof trim. At this point the headliner can be removed thru the rear
    > hatch if you're careful.
    >
    > Assembly is the reverse, and it really helps to have an assistant. Any
    > of the little metal clips that remain in the sheet metal should be
    > removed and placed on the plastic prior to reinstallation (you'll see
    > what I'm talking about when you get that far . . .).
    >
    > This really isn't as bad as it sounds, and you shouldn't have to worry
    > too much about breaking plastic on a newer car as long as you exercise
    > reasonable caution. Plus it is a good time to take the shop-vac to the
    > interior, as you can now access all of those little nooks and crannies
    > that otherwise are impossible.
    >
    > ByeBye! S.
    >
    > Steve Jernigan KG0MB
    > Laboratory Manager
    > Microelectronics Research
    > University of Colorado
    > (719) 262-3101

  4. #4
    nobody
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    Default 2001 Subaru Outback headliner: how to remove?

    > Hi Bradley!
    >
    > On Wed, 12 Jul 2006 02:03:43 GMT, "Bradley Walker"
    > <bawalkerREMOVE@THISmodemnet.net> wrote:
    >
    >
    >> How do I start removing this?

    >
    > Probably not what you want to hear, but you don't "start" this
    > project; you either commit to seeing it thru to the end, or you wait.
    >
    > Whatever, you will probably find it easiest to begin by removing both
    > front seats, and maybe the back seat as well. Next pull the door sill
    > trim, the A, B, C, D pillar trim pieces, the rear view mirror, the sun
    > visors, the dome lamp assemblies, and finally the headliner and
    > sunroof trim. At this point the headliner can be removed thru the rear
    > hatch if you're careful.


    Sorry to chop the rest of Steve's good post but this is a very good time
    to invest in a set of 'upolstery' or 'trim' tools. They are variously
    shaped spades and hooks and wedges designed to pop those ugly (I have
    choicer words for them...) trim fasteners loose. I bought a set of 5
    'no-name' orange plastic ones off an independent tool truck for $15 that
    work as well as the $40 branded ones. Try calling some autobody supply
    places. If they don't stock them they may know who does.

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