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Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 11:07 am
by Dietcokeman
So just a small " How to" on a problem I noticed with my Z's head lining

I notice the head lining wasn't complete uniformly taught across the inside of the roof when the roof was up and viewed from sitting inside the car, there appeared to be a small section that was lower than the rest. For me this was just above the drives seat, but apparently it can happen anywhere across the head lining.

Ok so I decided to take a look and see what was what. I managaed to get my local stealer to send me via email a parts diagram of the roof and found out how the head lining could be accessed to the point I needed. ........

So first you need open the roof and then stop it mid way so the roofs plastic front inner section is above the head rests or there abouts.

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then chock it with something suitable to stop it rolling back down

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remove the locking mechanism motor cover, this just unclips/pulls off with a gentle tug
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inside this cover is a small T20 Torx screw that needs removing
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Next remove from either side another T20 Torx screw , counter sunk this time, hidden just at the back and to the side of the inner plastic locking mechanism cover
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finally remove the 4 x T20 Torx screws along the front edge of the plastic locking mechanism cover
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Now just ease to cover and attached lining down onto the top of the headrests and roll hoops
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now you will see the problem ........a thin plastic strip that is sewn into the liner screws to the roof frame, and this plastic strip cracks over time and come away from the fixings.
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What I did was remove any fixing that weren't doing anything and drilled some new holes in the good section of the plastic lip and screwed the fixings back in. The frame has a tapered V section all the way across the fixing bar so you only need to drill holes in the plastic lip as the screws will screw in anywhere along the bar without the need to drill it. Just take care to only drill the plastic, as doing this in situ could lead to potentially slipping with the drill and we don't want any holes on the roof fabric do we !

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I tried to drill the holes central to the plastic lip to give better strength , but when refixing with the screws you will need to push up from underneath the liner to get the screw into the V in the bar.
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Once your all fixed back up
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Simply refit the cover and all the screws, close the roof and remove your chock......Job done .

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Re: Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 1:32 pm
by GaryT
:thumbsup:

Re: Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 5:59 pm
by Stuart Truman
Good job! (and quite brave) :)

Re: Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:58 am
by JINGLE
i have a small sagging sections on passenger side, this looks PERFECT for what i need to do, thank you :D

Re: Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:55 pm
by Grumpyowl
Good write up :thumbsup:
I don't have a problem personally but I'm sure this will be of great use to some 8)

Re: Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:51 pm
by JINGLE
Done this earlier today, was really easy using this as a guide, would never have attempted this without this guide, so thank your taking the time to write up this tutorial :thumbsup:

Re: Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:15 pm
by Dietcokeman
Well that's what this place is all about , sharing and caring for our Z's . Pleased to have been of assistance .

Re: Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:17 pm
by thepits
very useful, thank you.

I especially liked the picture for -

"then chock it with something suitable to stop it rolling back down"

:rofl:

Re: Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:35 pm
by Dietcokeman
thepits wrote:very useful, thank you.

I especially liked the picture for -

"then chock it with something suitable to stop it rolling back down"

:rofl:
Quality huh !

Re: Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:01 pm
by JINGLE
Dietcokeman wrote:
thepits wrote:very useful, thank you.

I especially liked the picture for -

"then chock it with something suitable to stop it rolling back down"

:rofl:
Quality huh !
i tried a bucket, then changed it to the slightly more sophisticated option.... a shoe box sideways haha

few pics here if its of any help to anybody else, but tbh follow the above is perfect and u cant go wrong :D
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=78475&start=45

Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:45 pm
by Z4RSA
Thanks for this

I just bought a 2.0 in really good condition with 65000km. However I noticed the sagging on both sides near the window so will now try and follow this advice though it seems really scary to do on my holy new car.
Some advice please:
1. I'm not entirely sure in which direction to pull or unclip the locking motor cover and don't want to crack it.
2. Any precautions for drilling into plastic? What kind of a drill bit did you use?

Pieter

Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:45 pm
by firebobby
Has Brian left the forum now ??

Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:15 pm
by srhutch
firebobby wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:45 pm
Has Brian left the forum now ??
It would appear so.

Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:29 pm
by greg81
firebobby wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:45 pm
Has Brian left the forum now ??
Pretty sure it was a good few months ago, if not over a year

Roof Lining sagging

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:31 am
by firebobby
A yes then :)