Creaky headliner...easy fix!

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Creaky headliner...easy fix!

Post by KRG » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:11 pm

Not sure how common this issue is, but I've noticed it in my Velar on and off since delivery. It's fairly widespread in the F-Pace, and it was on their forum that I discovered a fix.

Basically, sometimes over uneven payment, up inclines, etc....I'd get a creaking/crackling sound from the ceiling. Initially I assumed it was the pano sunroof flexing and ignored it. It turns out it was the headliner. The grab handles mounted on the ceiling are bolted too tightly, causing the headliner to flex against the car frame and creak. On each of the grab handles there are two T30 torx bolts under small covers that you can pry open with your fingers or something small like a flathead screwdriver. I loosened all the screws by a half turn, relieving the tension on the headliner. Creaks are gone. Thank you F-Pace forums.
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Re: Creaky headliner...easy fix!

Post by Fluke » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:57 pm

Wow. I hear a slight creak every time I pull out of my driveway at the curb. Like you just assumed it was normal stuff due to uneven pavement. Will look into this further now.
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Re: Creaky headliner...easy fix!

Post by mge.92 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:02 am

That's what it was. Was checking all the trim and even the roof. Can anyone confirm that the seals are okay because for some reason my seals on the roof are weird. It goes from flush to under the panel to flush to under the panel again before becoming flush again.

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Re: Creaky headliner...easy fix!

Post by Ludo » Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:01 pm

I'll check mine and tell you
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Re: Creaky headliner...easy fix!

Post by KRG » Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:59 pm

mge.92 wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:02 am
That's what it was. Was checking all the trim and even the roof. Can anyone confirm that the seals are okay because for some reason my seals on the roof are weird. It goes from flush to under the panel to flush to under the panel again before becoming flush again.
Yeah, mine are the same. I’ve noticed when washing the car. I don’t think it’s a source of noise; at least not that I’ve noticed.
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Re: Creaky headliner...easy fix!

Post by lsegnini » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:59 pm

Hey KRG, I have the exact same issue that you had. Would it be possible to share a picture of the screws you adjusted just to make sure I am doing the right thing?

Thank you sir!


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Re: Creaky headliner...easy fix!

Post by markah » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:11 pm

Mine has stopped creaking for winter. I will make this adjustment when it reoccurs. I has suspected the grab handle for a while and jammed a bit of plastic in it, but the creaking came back.
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Re: Creaky headliner...easy fix!

Post by Robby334 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:36 am

I am having the same problem with a new 2020. Has anyone found a solution to this noise?


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Re: Creaky headliner...easy fix!

Post by cazy » Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:05 pm

I thought I had solved it by loosening the grab handles but I guess I was wrong. Today the outside temp climbed up to 24C and sunny and the creaking sounds are back. It does sound like the sunroof flexing and I'm not fully convinced the grab handles are necessarily the culprit here. Clueless as to what to do next. The local dealer tells me to bring the car in and leave it there for a couple days for thorough inspection but seeing as how the summer is over now and most days the problem isn't really there, I guess I'll have to wait till next year. The noise only presents itself on warmer days and it's been mostly absent the last few weeks...

I only have 1 year of warranty left and I wonder why the issue didn't show last year... :/
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Re: Creaky headliner...easy fix!

Post by Robby334 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:45 am

I have the same problem with my 2020 Velar. My dealership's service manager said that he has seen this problem before and it is due to a loose wiring harness. With that said, he fixed it but the problem returned just two days later. Frustrating. Would like to know if anyone else has experienced this issue and if so, how it was resolved.


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