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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old March 18th, 2010, 10:41   #16
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Pulled out the headliner, scraped off the crapped out foam. Bought some headliner fabric off of Ebay- it comes with a new foam backing. $15. Sprayed the headliner w 3m headliner adhesive, laid down the fabric, re-installed. Looks brand new.
This is the correct approach. The spot repairs won't last for the reasons already mentioned.

There are places that sell the correct material for re-covering. It might be $100 for a roll.

This is the correct glue, I've seen it at Wally's:

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Old March 19th, 2010, 13:41   #17
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I think the foam from my headliner is coming out of my heater vents.
My headliner is sagging also, and I have some kind of dark colored foamy stuff blowing out of my vents once in a while too. I have no idea how the headliner is possibly connected to the air conditioning / heating system... but I sure hope it's just headliner material blowing out and not something else that is part of the AC system going out.


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Old November 6th, 2012, 17:39   #18
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I realize this is an old thread. I just took delivery of a very nice 2003 Jetta TDI Sportwagen. Met the truck in Northern Indiana up from Florida and did not notice the sagging headliner 'til I got the Jetta home. It is VERY nice, on ly 120K on it and everything works. The headliner is sagging right over the area behind the back seats. When I turned on the heat/fan, black bits of foam blew out of the vents.
How can the vent system be connected?
Any ideas on repair?
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Old November 6th, 2012, 17:55   #19
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I realize this is an old thread. I just took delivery of a very nice 2003 Jetta TDI Sportwagen. Met the truck in Northern Indiana up from Florida and did not notice the sagging headliner 'til I got the Jetta home. It is VERY nice, on ly 120K on it and everything works. The headliner is sagging right over the area behind the back seats. When I turned on the heat/fan, black bits of foam blew out of the vents.
How can the vent system be connected?
Any ideas on repair?
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What's coming out your vents is the foam off the heater/AC blend doors. Welcome to sun/heat damage to nitrocellulose foam!
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Old November 7th, 2012, 05:19   #20
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I reupholstered my headliner about a month ago and it wasn't a hard job at all. If you have time to watch a football game you have time to reupholster the head liner. I went to the local fabric store where they had headliner specific material, used 3M super 77 spray adhesive (DO NOT GET IT ON ANYTHING YOU DON'T WANT TO GLUE!!) and had a brand new looking headliner in less than 5 hours. Yes the pillars have to come off, but as stated its an easy removal, and while they're off you can cover them too.

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Old November 7th, 2012, 05:44   #21
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What's coming out your vents is the foam off the heater/AC blend doors. Welcome to sun/heat damage to nitrocellulose foam!
This, and other damage caused by the sun and heat is specifically why I park in the shade, whenever possible, and use a sun shade in the windshield when I can't. Headlight cover clouding and speaker cone disinegration is other damage I find.

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Old November 7th, 2012, 07:10   #22
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This, and other damage caused by the sun and heat is specifically why I park in the shade, whenever possible, and use a sun shade in the windshield when I can't. Headlight cover clouding and speaker cone disinegration is other damage I find.

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My 2000 was parked indoors in Texas all the years the PO had it (11 years). I leave it outdoors. My headliner is still OK but the door speakers are disintegrated (new ones on order) and the blend doors are probably completely foamless. I have to replace the heater core (currently bypassed) and when I get to that, I will fix the blend doors. Sun/heat is hard on the older cars, for sure.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 08:41   #23
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Mine is starting to peel at the sun visors as well. A new headlliner is $400, ouch. Don't need to deal with it right now. but eventually.

It'd be nice not to replace it with a fabric coated headliner. Wish there was a way to strip and finish the existing headliner with just a black paint.
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Old November 12th, 2012, 18:10   #24
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Anyone have a link to a DIY for removing a headliner with sun roof?
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Old November 12th, 2012, 19:17   #25
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We did a 99.5 jetta without a sunroof a bout 15 months ago and it took a couple of hours to 1) remove all the hardware 2) pull it out of the car (through the driver's side rear door, with the driver's seat moved and tilted up. Driver's seat removed would make it even easier.) 3) clean off all the old foam 4) glue down new foam 5) reinstall. I had a blast because my son did most of the work and he did a great job (he was 17 at the time).

There is a how to on the vortex for the jetta and youtube on how to install the generic liner. Cost for materials was around $50 (source of headliner was a local fabric shop, Joanne's IIRC).

Lito - the 02 golf is starting to do the same thing at the visors. Golf's would be a piece of cake to remove. Paint is an interesting idea but the new headliner was pretty sweet. (great to see you back on the forums again, you were missed and hope you enjoyed the sabbatical!)
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Old November 13th, 2012, 08:11   #26
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Just did mine. The only thing I would say, is go slow when putting the new fabric on. The oh-crap handle area's are a pain to get perfect, and the corners are semi tricky as well. I ended up with two creases in the o-crap handle area's. At least the new fabric is held in place though!

Still have to install.
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Old November 17th, 2012, 16:11   #27
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Got it put back in. In my haste I didnt cut the fabric where everything screws back in (handles, visor, etc...) it was fun trying to locate the holes
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Old November 18th, 2012, 18:17   #28
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I have the same problem with my headliner,and the owner before myself tried the glue and it did bleed through. Not a nice look. Maybe next summer I will try to replace it or get it replaced by a pro.
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