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SoCalSprinter
03-14-2013, 03:57 PM
I am interested in removing all the interior ceiling panels in order to repair a leak in my roof.
Im sure the leak is coming from the rear a/c unit.

Questions...How do i strip the interior without damaging panels?

I have removed the ceiling vent system already but am unsure about what to do next.
Do i need to start with the verticals around the windows?
Do i just pull hard until it pops out?
Do i need a special tool?

please advise

autostaretx
03-14-2013, 04:29 PM
Although it would be really nice if we had a good photo shoot of "how to do it", so far we don't.
The process is described in the service manuals (the 2006 will apply to you for this job)
available here: http://aie-services-2.net/Sprinter/

In short, you have to work from the front towards the rear... so the first step is to remove the A (sides of windshield pillars) covers, then the over-driver section, then the next then the next...

Update: you may be able to remove only the rear section.

Read the service manual, the Headliner Removal starts in Section 23, page 73.
The part that i WISH they'd show in detail (with figures) is step 9 ...
where are the clips and what motion/tool/push/twist do they require for simple removal?

51149

good luck
--dick (above quoted section is from the 2004 service manual)

SoCalSprinter
10-09-2013, 11:56 PM
Were you able to remove celling panels starting from the rear?
Or would the rear A/C unit force me to start at the front?

chrispsprint
02-07-2014, 07:31 PM
im in the process of this. it seems to be that you need to start at the front and work back.

oregonjim
02-13-2014, 04:23 PM
I own a 2006 140 low roof 10 passenger model that did not have rear Ac.
I installed a RV AC unit near the rear.

I started by removing the rear panel first, then the next one. You do have to spring the panel some but it works. was warned about losing the "clips" but I didn't have that problem.

I wired the AC unit for 110 AC shore power but plan to connect to an Onan generator mounted where spare tire fitted.

good luck
jim