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#1 (permalink) Old 12-06-2009, 04:33 PM
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Just finished redoing my headliner and interior. Thought I would write an instruction guide.

After you take all the hardware off, including the visors (the tabs that the visors click into are attached to the headliner, you will take them off AFTER you get it out) , the "oh shit" handles, the light cluster, the rear view mirror (pull hard) and the cloth gasket around the doors, which makes it easier.
You will also need to take your sunroof HARDWARE apart (DON"T TAKE IT OUT) to get to the release tabs for the roof support. You will need to take out L&R sides, which has 4 screws and the front, which just pops off. To get the sliding door out: with your sunroof partially opened pop of the plastic cover on the front and slide it out. On either side are the wind deflectors: with a small flat blade pry the clip off the front and pull out then it will come completely off. Open you sunroof all the way and the door should come out with ease.

OKAY, now for the fun part. The blank-e-de-blank headliner. First un-velcro the back (right above the headrest).
Start with the front and pry off the headliner support attached to the front of the sunroof. next pop out the tabs on the sides and once that's completed pry/pull out the back side of the sunroof from the clip. ( There is a metal support surrounding the opening of the sunroof, the front and back are hardest to take out) Next up there are 2 clips half way b/t the back and the sunroof, you should be able to just pull the whole headliner off now, Pay attention to the rear light if you didn't take it off yet. NOTE: the rear columns will prove irritating, make sure you pull them away from the frame, there are 2 clips that just pull off. If you want you can take out the columns by taking the backrest of the seat out and pulling them out.

Now go pour yourself a stiff drink cause you'll need it after this. Take out your rear seat bottom, there's 2 tabs on either side of the seat you push in to pop it up and out, then lay both of the seats all the way down. Move the headliner to the front and turn in at an angle (the goal is to bring it out the back door, (seeings how it was put in through the front or rear window at the factory) . The only way I could get it out was to fold it in half, which is a problem if your support at the sunroof is still in good shape. You might have to VERY CAREFULLY cut the support off.

Picking a work area that can get messy, carefully peal off the old material and scrape off the old glue, it should look like a rough form of fiberglass when your done. I used 3M #74 Foam Spray and fake suede (100% polyester) to replace it. If your doing the whole car like I did the use a stretchy material so as to not have seams on the rear post and deck. Make sure you wrap the edges around to the other side for added strength. When you get to the sunroof opening make sure you leave extra material for the front and back if you had to take off the metal support (put it back on after you get the headliner back in the car. I used gorilla glue) Putting it back up should be very cut and dry, just the exact opposite of taking it down.

Hope this helps.
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Good write up. I'll probably need it in a few years. Thank you for your time in writing it.
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how.

in THE HELL.

do you get the dome light cluster out?

my headliner has been in need of a resurface for 3 years. every summer I try to start the job, but I CANT GET TEH FREAKING DOME LIGHT ASSEMBLY OUT. PERIOD.

I've done the m104 head gasket job, and I end up getting stumped by the damn dome light?

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To get the dome light out, I believe there were two pins behind some of the light covers you push towards the front of the car, then swing the whole assembly down and towards the front.

Its been almost a year since I did mine.
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i've been screwing with my dome light on and off for about 5 years. i've scratched it up on every surface inside. it's never budged. it's mind boggling.

i've replaced the head gasket on this car with my own two hands and I can't get this dome light down. imagine my frustration!

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still...can't...get it out!!
cracked it in 2 places! big cracks!

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Since there is a video for the front, you are talking about the rear dome light, correct? I have never tried taking that down.
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a video!? where!

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If you are talking about the front overhead console lights, search using video and overhead. You will find it in one of the resulting threads I am sure.
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Hey, so im trying to remove the clips in the seconds paragraph. "Start with the front and pry off the headliner support attached to the front of the sunroof. next pop out the tabs on the sides and once that's completed pry/pull out the back side of the sunroof from the clip. ( There is a metal support surrounding the opening of the sunroof, the front and back are hardest to take out)" . I dont understand how you pop those tabs out connected to the metal supporting the sunroof opening. Can someone explain it more clearly? I see the holes where you can slide a blade or a flat edge into and I can get a screwdriver in there but im afraid of breaking parts of the support or parts of the sunroof. Thanks in advance.

Edit. Ok, got those tabs out. Silly mercedes, you have to wiggle em and kinda move it towards the door to get the tabs. Now for the fun part, taking it out. Do i have to remove the passenger door to get it out through passenger door opening?

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