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How to Replace Carpet 2000-2005 Chevy Impala part 1

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How to Replace Carpet 2000-2005 Chevy Impala part 1

Created on: 2021-01-16

This video is part 1 of a 2 part video that shows how to open and prepare the new carpet, remove the seats and trim, and remove the old carpet for install

  1. step 1 :Unpacking the Carpet
    • Unfold the carpet and allow it to take its molded shape
    • Press the carpet into shape by hand
    • Allow warmth to work wrinkles out of the carpet
  2. step 2 :Removing the Front Seats
    • Note: the following procedures may vary depending on what option your car has
    • Remove the 15mm bolt that holds the seatbelt to the seat
    • Disconnect the power seat wiring harness
    • Disconnect the airbag harness
    • Disconnect any remaining wiring harnesses for the seat
    • Remove the 15mm bolts from the seat tracks
    • Tilt the seat forward and unhook it
    • Pull the seat out through the door
    • Repeat this process for the other seat
  3. step 3 :Removing the Rear Seat
    • Lift the rear seat up and out
    • Use a flat blade screwdriver to pry the clip off the seat
  4. step 4 :Removing Trim
    • Unclip the front door trim panels and pull them out
    • Unclip the rear door trim panels and pull them up
    • Unclip the column trim panels and pull them off
    • Pull the seatbelts out of the column trim panels
  5. step 5 :Removing the Carpet
    • Take notes and photographs of how the carpet is cut and installed
    • Start threading the bolts by hand
    • Pull the carpet up, undoing any remaining fasteners
    • Pull the carpet out the door
    • Vacuum out the floor
  6. step 6 :Preparing the New Carpet
    • Use a heat gun to release the foam padding glue
    • Pull the foam padding off the old carpet
    • Put the foam pads into the vehicle floor
    • Apply spray adhesive to the smaller pads to hold them in place
    • Lay the old carpet on top of the new carpet
    • Line the carpets up
    • Cut slits into the new carpet where there are cutaways in the old carpet
  7. step 7 :Completing the Repair
    • This is Part 1 of a two part video
    • Please consult Part 2 for further instructions
    • Perform the steps outlined in Part 2

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Heat Gun

    Utility Knife

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    3M Adhesive

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    15mm Socket

Installation Video
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Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1A Auto. I want to help you save time and money repairing or maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20-plus years experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from The right parts installed correctly: that's going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video.

In this video we're going to show you how to replace the carpet on this 2000 Impala . actually, sorry, this is a 2002. Carpet replacement is pretty much the same. Different cars have some different options, but this car was a smoker so the interior has a good odor to it. Replacing the carpet, the carpet has the most surface area of any part in the car so replacing the carpet is very good for eliminating or getting rid of most of that smell.

The tools that you're going to need are: you'll need some wrenches and screwdrivers depending on what options. This car did not have a console so all I needed actually was a 15mm socket and ratchet. You'll need good scissors. You'll need a utility knife. You may need some trim adhesive and you may need a heat gun. I say may because we actually didn't even use a heat gun on this installation although as the carpet comes it has some wrinkles in it and it is nice to, if you really wanted to get it to fit nice, the heat gun will come in handy, but you'll see we did a pretty good job even without that.

The first step is once you receive your carpet is pull it out of the box, lay it out, and basically try and press it back into shape. They do have to fold them and roll them to ship them so you just want to kind of try and return everything to its molded shape and it also helps if you do this when it's nice and sunny outside. That way the carpet can get warm and some of the wrinkles might work their way out.

The next step on this Impala is there's a 15mm bolt that holds the seatbelt to the bottom of the seat so we'll remove that with a 15mm socket and ratchet. Now you'll want to go underneath and this vehicle has a power seat and an airbag in the seat. Disconnect the power seat right there and the airbag has a little locking tab. Pull that out and disconnect that and obviously if you have to disconnect any seat heat or anything like that, you want to disconnect that as well. Now we're going to remove the two 15mm bolts that hold the rear seat tracks down. I'm going to fast forward through this. The seats on this vehicle, remove the two rear bolts and then the seats pivot forward as you'll see. On some vehicles you'll probably have another two bolts in the front as well. Here's a good place for safekeeping for the bolts. On this Impala with those two bolts in the back removed, tilt the seat forward and you bring the hooks up and out. I'll just do a quick check, make sure that I do tilt the seat forward there, quick check, make sure that everything's unhooked and then slowly work the seat right out the door. Repeat this process for the passenger seat as well.

With both front seats out, the rear seat's pretty easy. Some seats will have bolts bolting the front down. This one just lifts right up and out as you can see there. There's a little clip. I don't do a very good job videoing it here. There's a little black clip that you can see next to my right hand right there. You want to use a screwdriver if that clip comes up with the seat, you pry it off and you can see that little hole next to my knee where that clip goes back into. One reward is you always find a little bit of spare change under there as well.

Now you want to remove the front side trim. Some vehicles it will screw down or bolt down. This vehicle is just clipped down so you just pull it up and right out. Repeat removing the front trim for the other side. Do the same thing for the rear. Pull it up. You just want to pull it up enough so you can pull the carpet out from underneath and then repeat this step for the passenger side as well. Now, you want to remove the side post trim. You pull it up and off of the weather strip and then there's a clip at the bottom and a couple clips up top. I'm just kind of working it off the bottom, both the rear that you can see and the front that you really can't really see. Just get it outside and then I'll free the clip at the top. Then you just pull the seatbelt right from there like that. Obviously repeat this step for the other side as well.

Now we're pretty much ready to take the carpet out. But before we do that, what you want to do is take a few pictures and notes of how the carpet is cut around each area so that you can duplicate that. You're not going to do that until you put the carpet back in the car. Just note how it's cut. How it runs along the sides and everything, more importantly how it runs up in the top here. Other areas it might be cut out. Then, one of the last things I do is I'm going to put any bolts that are in the middle of the carpet, I'm going to thread those back in a little bit. That way when I put the new carpet down, that is sticking up and it's easy for me to make a crosscut and then put the carpet down around that bolt when I'm ready.

You can see I'm going to fast forward here. Basically this carpet has a couple little more attachment points where it's just stapled onto a couple of clips. Basically, I'm just going to pull the middle of the carpet up, then just kind of roll it up in the car and pull it out through the door. With the carpet out, I'm just going to go back in. My ductwork kind of got a little bit out of kilter so I'll put that back together and then vacuum out the floor. Our original carpet has some nice foam padding attached to the bottom. I'm just going to carefully pull that off of each section. Here's where a heat gun could really help you out. A heat gun would probably release that glue a lot faster. Just carefully pull it off and now section by section I'll take it and the larger sections I'll just lay into the spot where they were. For the big pieces I don't need to glue them down, but some of these smaller pieces I'm going to use a little bit of a spray type adhesive. Spray some onto the car. Spray some onto the insulation itself and then glue them into place so they don't move around while I'm putting the new carpet in.

I've basically lined the carpets up together and I have the new one on bottom and the old one on top. This shows me some of the areas where the new one, it may not be cut out due to different options available for different cars or whatever. I don't want to actually make any big cutouts, but I do want to make slits just to relieve the carpet in these areas or I'll have more difficulty getting the front to go up in because there's a bunch of extra carpet. I'm not cutting the section out, but I am just making slits so it's relieved in the same way. We'll speed it up here as I do that for some of the other sections. We're going to end this one for now and please go see part 2 so you can see the installation of this carpet.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Heat Gun
  • Utility Knife

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • 3M Adhesive

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 15mm Socket

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