How To Replace Carpet
Learning how to replace carpet is beneficial, as you automatically upgrade your car and in the process get rid of the stained and damaged carpet that was giving your car a shabby look. It is quite possible to replace the carpet yourself provided you have the enthusiasm required.
To replace carpet, you will need:
- Hand Tools
- Remove the car’s seats. The front seats of a car are bolted to the floor at four points. It is easy to reach the nuts from under the car through the holes. For the rear seats, you might have to release the back seat which is attached to the bottom with fasteners. Once all the seats are removed, you can see the bolts.
- You might need to clear away any items that are in the way. Things like kick panels, sill plates or trim in the interior along with any screws. If a pushpin is keeping an item in place, you need to pry it up and out. For shifters and consoles you have to remove first and then feel around for any hidden screws that are keeping it attached to the floor.
- Once the floor is clear, remove the old carpet from the interior. Pull the carpet up and remove carefully. Try to use the old carpet as a sample for the new carpet by marking any holes with chalk according to the template.
- Start by installing the new carpet. Lay the carpet on the floor and try to place the heal pad under the brake, the gas and pedals. Smooth the carpet from the center out to the edges to make sure you get a tight fit and cut the holes in the carpet just like you had in the old sample carpet.
- Trim the edges of the carpet as you go along. Make sure the new carpet is slightly larger than the old one. Use a utility knife to trim any holes and the edges of the new carpet. Be careful not to over cut the the new carpet.
- Finally reinstall the car parts, making sure you secure everything properly and the nuts are tight. If need be, you can adjust the size or position of the holes in the new carpet with an awl and a utility knife