How to Repair a Sagging Headliner in a Saab

Written by aaron ratliff
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A sagging headliner in your Saab vehicle can be distracting and create dangerous driving conditions. Also, the foam padding behind the liner can deteriorate and cause your vehicle's interior to become littered with debris. With only a few basic tools and the proper materials, fixing your Saab's headliner can be a fun and rewarding project. Don't put yourself and your passengers at risk; repair your sagging headliner as soon as possible.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Headliner replacement fabric
  • Headliner replacement foam
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Adhesive spray
  • Adhesive remover
  • Spackle knife
  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Remove the plastic frame holding the headliner shell in place with a Phillips screwdriver. This frame runs around the perimeter of the car between the roof and door frames.

  2. 2

    Remove the interior dome light and rear-view mirror using a Philips screwdriver. The rear-view mirror only needs to be removed if it is mounted to your vehicle's roof.

  3. 3

    Remove the vehicle's headliner shell, and transport it to a sturdy work surface. If your headliner is not flexible, do not force it through a door opening. Lower the rear seat, and remove it through the boot opening.

  4. 4

    Remove the old headliner fabric by gently pulling it free from the headliner shell.

  5. 5

    Apply a layer of adhesive remover to the headliner shell, and use the spackle knife to gently scrap off the foam and any glue residue.

  6. 6

    Lay the replacement foam on top of the headliner shell, and trim it to fit using a utility knife. Apply a thin layer of spray adhesive to the headliner shell, and place the replacement foam on top of it to properly secure it in place.

  7. 7

    Lay the headliner replacement fabric on top of the foam, and cut it to fit using scissors, leaving a 4-inch overhang. Apply the adhesive glue to the top of the foam in small sections, laying the trimmed fabric piece on top of the foam, and smooth it out as you proceeded to cover the entire headliner shell.

  8. 8

    Flip the headliner shell over, and attach at least 1 inch of the 4 inch overhang with adhesive glue around the perimeter of the rear of the headliner shell. Cut the excess materiel using scissors.

  9. 9

    Place the headliner shell back through the boot opening, and place it back on the roof of your vehicle, securing it in place by reattaching the plastic moulding removed in Step 1.

  10. 10

    Reattach the interior dome light and rear-view mirror to complete the installation.

Tips and warnings

  • Replacement parts for repairing your headliner may be purchased through a local auto repair store or through an online speciality store.

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