Remove / Install Ceiling-Mount Handle (’96-’00 sedan & wagon, ’97-’00 coupe)

Author: Jonathan Swain (aka "PurdueGuy")

Relevant Models

1997-2000 SC1
1997-2000 SC2
1996-2000 SL
1996-2000 SL1
1996-2000 SL2
1996-2000 SW1
1996-2000 SW2


Flathead screwdriver
7mm socket & ratchet


Step 1

Pop the end covers loose.  Put the flathead screwdriver behind them, and pull outward (can’t really pry against the headliner, so you mostly just have to pull.  Don’t whack yourself in the face)  Once the covers are loose, slide them to the middle of the handle.

Step 2

Loosen the 2 screws. Use the 7mm socket & ratchet to loosen them (normal thread direction).  Once they’re loose, the handle should come free.


Installation is basically the reverse of removal, unless the backing plate comes loose.  The backing plate is a thin metal plate between the headliner and the roof, which will normally stay in place if you don’t remove the headliner, but will likely fall off if you do remove the headliner.  It has notches in it that line up with parts of the plastic end pieces, which you can see in this picture:

It can be a bit awkward, but once you line up the notches in the plate and get the screws started, everything will stay put.

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