As your Volvo ages, your headliner can begin to sag or pull away from trim areas. A falling headliner isn’t just annoying — it’s also dangerous. If the fabric is pulling away from the base, a rolled-down window on a windy day could pull the fabric right down over your head! Age, dampness, and other factors can weaken the adhesive that holds the fabric or degrade the foam backing. Either way, a flapping headliner on a busy freeway is a scary thought. Maybe it’s time for removing a headliner.
When the headliner starts to fall down, temporary solutions twist-in buttons or pins might seem appealing at first, but they cause damage to the headliner board. These are only temporary fixes and don’t usually solve the problem for very long. When it comes time for a permanent repair, the damage from these temporary repairs will only make the job more difficult. Do it the right way and your Volvo will look great and you’ll be able to keep your eyes on the road! If you want to get the job done right, you must completely replace the fabric of your headliner.
Removing a headliner in a Volvo XC90 requires at least a working knowledge of where things attach, clip, etc. The last thing you want to do is break some trim or loose an important fastener. If you do your homework and take it slow, you can remove a headliner and replace it with a good-as-new one. You can check out this manual and check out the MVS forum below to help get you started.
MVS Forum member Simon Templar asks how to remove the “roof module” and “bulb interior lighting” portions of the headliner without breaking it. The full forum entry contains links to these portions in the service manual for a Volvo XC90.