The foam-backed fabric is mounted on moulded
carboard and when the foam disintegrates the fabric falls down,
supported only by the roof lights, grab handles and speakers!
Everybody told me the only satisfactory and durable
fix for this is to replace the headlining, so I went to see specialist
Trevor Edwards at Nationwide
Trim in Redditch. He says that by the time most vehicles
get to him the cardboard backing to the headlining is damaged
beyond recovery, so he replaces it with fibreglass mouldings trimmed
with the appropriate new fabric.
This is how it's done:-
On my vehicle the headlining is in two sections,
but later models have a single piece. It gets more complicated
if there's a sunroof, which I don't have.
Carefully remove the trim studs from the join
in the middle of the roof, unscrew the grab handles, sun visors
and remove the rear-view mirror, which only leaves the light fitting
holding up the front section - it's easily removed and the headlining
is taken out through the front passenger door.
It is necessary to unbolt the top mounting for
the rear seat belt on one side, so that the rear corner can drop,
to angle the headlining.
The spare wheel has to be removed too, so that
the rear headlining can be taken out diagonally. Remove the two
rear corner trim studs carefully, as you'll need them for re-fitting.
Unclip the rear edge of the headlining and disconnect the speakers.
Once the light unit is removed, the lining drops down and can
This reveals the rear wiper motor, mounted in
the top left hand corner of the roof (in older models it's behind
the D pillar trim panel).
The speakers are transferred to the new headlining.
Look out for the various wires which are suspended
from the roof by gaffer tape and make sure that they aren't under
tension. Also, make sure that the light connections are dangling
in the correct locations as it make them easier to find through
the holes in the headlining.
Fitting is a reverse of the process, but take
care not to leave dirty marks on the fabric. The backing material
has an open foam, so use a thick sponge block to prevent making
indentations, although they will come out over a period of hours.
Start with the rear section and make fitting the roof light the
first job, as it supports the lining, and then you can do the
Thanks to Trevor and Dean for a neat job.