How to Install a Roof Mount Flip Down TV

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How to Install a Roof Mount Flip Down TV
Install a portable flip down TV in your car for long trips. (portable dvd player image by Trevor Goodwin from

Roof mounted flip down TVs are nice to have on long trips, especially if you have young children. Instead of constantly hearing "Are we there yet?" your children will sit quietly enjoying their favourite movies. As difficult as it may appear, the process of mounting a flip down TV in your vehicle is a project you can save money on by doing it yourself over the weekend.

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Things you need

  • Small screwdriver
  • Carpenters knife
  • Drill with 10/24 screw tap
  • 10/24 machine screws

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  1. 1

    Locate the small square cutout on the lens of the overhead dome light in your car. Fit a small screwdriver into the square opening, pry it open and remove the lens. If the dome light doesn't easily come down, look for a retainer clip and use the small screwdriver to push the clip in to free the lens. Slide the screwdriver around the edges of the light fixture and push back all the connector clips until the rest of the dome light drops free and the wiring is exposed.

  2. 2

    Look through the hole where the dome light used to be to locate the support bracket. The support bracket is roughly 1/4 of an inch thick. Make sure to use screws that are shorter than 1/4 of an inch when mounting the TV bracket. Unplug the wires from the dome light.

  3. 3

    Hold the TV bracket against the mounting bracket on the roof and use a carpenter's knife to trace around the TV bracket. Move the TV bracket away from the mounting bracket and remove the cut portion of headliner. This will give the TV a tighter fit so that the screen does not bounce as the car moves.

  4. 4

    Carefully drill out the mounting holes using a 10/24 screw tap in the mounting bracket. Make sure not to drill any deeper than the mounting bracket so as not to put any holes in the roof or damage any hidden wires that may be lying behind the bracket.

  5. 5

    Place the TV bracket over the mounting bracket and screw it in using 10/24 machine screws that are shorter than 1/4 inch long.

  6. 6

    Plug the wires from the dome light into the TV and click the TV into place on the TV bracket.

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