1998 Oldsmobile 88 headliner installation guide
This 1998 Oldsmobile 88 headliner was sagging throughout and just about ready to come loose. We used a small to mid sized car headliner kit to do the job - if the car has rear panels that has headliner material on them, the full sized car headliner kit is needed. The color we used was 2001 graphite.
It may be hard to see in this photo, but the headliner in this car had a large baggy sag in the middle, by the looks of it - it may last a few more months before it was hanging on the drivers head.
To remove the headliner board from the Olds 88 - everything needs to be removed that attaches through the headliner board. In this picture we are removing the sunvisor support mount - it is a plug type "deal-eo" - pry the peg out at the back and it will snap out.
The grab handles over the passenger doors work in a somewhat simliar way - they have 2 plastic plugs that have to be pryed up before you can snap the handle out of the headliner. Once the plugs are pryed out an inch or 2, the handle assembly should pop out.
The front windshield post trim (plastic on some - covered in headliner material on others) is attached with 2 plastic trim plugs like the one in the bottom right hand corner of this picture. To remove, slide a screwdriver behind the trim, push the center piece of the plug to release it.
This picture is of the side trim between the front and rear door. It has a plastic plug at the top of it that needs to be pryed out of the hole in order for the trim to come loose. Once the plug is backed out, the trim will fall back far enough to work the headliner board out of the car.
The trim around the doors and the edge of the headliner is a rubber type trim and door sealer. It simply pulls off, remove it far enough to remove the interior trim and free the headliner board. It is rubber attached to what we call pinch welt.
In this picture you can see the headliner has been dropped down and is resting on the front seats. The wiring harness usually has a plug somewhere, and that plug will need to be unplugged. This plug was on the driver side front, located under the windshield trim.
Once the headliner board has been freed up so that it will come down, it can be removed through the passenger side door. It will easily slide through the door opening - most car headliner boards will come out through the passenger side door.
Clean the old foam off the headliner board with a brush, if it's a flimsy board - you will need a soft bristled brush. If a more resilient board, you can use a wire bristled brush. We used a soft bristled brush on this headliner board. The board needs to be free from the old foam - you can't get the old glue off and neither do you need to.
It would be wise to cover the headliner board about 1/3 at a time. This should insure that the adhesive doesn't dry too much before applying the material. Adhesive should be tacky when applying, if it dries for ove 3 to 5 minutes, you may have to use more adhesive. The material should be worked into the dips for the visors and any other indentions in the headliner board.
When you are finished with the board, it should look something like this. This one had double lights at the front that needed to be put back in before installing the headliner board back in the car.
Once you have finished the board; put it back in the car just like it came out. Put everything back in the car just like it came out or off and you should have a perfectly new top for your car.