: I just repaired the A pillar saggy fabric



48Dodge
11-30-11, 02:38 PM
I couldn't take it anymore, I decided I had to attempt to repair the A pillar fabric. It was staring me in the face every day.

Here's what I had to look at
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v96/blustig/IMG_20111130_105606.jpg

Not much to it. The driver side is held on by one bolt under the plastic cover and a couple clips and tabs. I was able to pry the cover off with my fingers. Just pull the pillar cover a little from the top to release the clips, then you can slide it back towards you and undo the tweeter connection. The passenger side is held on by 2 bolts that hold the Oh $h!t handle on. Same thing to remove the pillar cover once the handle is removed. Tweeters are just held on by 2 clips which are very easy to pop out.

Once I had the covers off, I had to pull back on the fabric a little to separate it enough to have room to get glue in there. The driver side was a little dinghy from water stains to I went ahead and cleaned it with Simple Green and dried it with a hair drier. The passenger side only had a few surface spots that I was able to clean with a damp cloth.

Here's the driver side after separating the fabric but before cleaning. After cleaning, it's still not perfectly clean but at least there aren't any watermarks. The edge is hidden that has that darker stain on it.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v96/blustig/IMG_20111130_101932.jpg

Next, I carefully sprayed contact cement (in a can) making sure to get it mostly on the plastic. I did accidentally squirt a little too much on the fabric, but luckily it's hidden by the tweeter. After letting things set for about a minute until tacky, I slowly smoothed the fabric back into place taking care to avoid wrinkles.

Here are the results
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v96/blustig/IMG_20111130_105554.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v96/blustig/IMG_20111130_112023.jpg
Time will tell if it holds up.

hannity
11-30-11, 04:35 PM
:thumbsup: Good job.

K9Caddy
11-30-11, 05:19 PM
I think you guys with the water damaged A pillars have a leaky windshield. Good job on the repairs, looks good. I just believe this issue will arise again, if the leak is not fixed.

48Dodge
11-30-11, 05:38 PM
I also have stains on the headliner around the windows, I think a PO left the sunroof or windows open and it worked its way down the pillar from there. My ESV was not treated nicely at all by the PO. Very well could be the windshield since it looks like it may be on the edge that is against the windshield.

d_v_o_1
11-30-11, 05:58 PM
I need to replace my tweeters tonight, thanks for quick easy tutorial. :)

48Dodge
11-30-11, 06:01 PM
I need to replace my tweeters tonight, thanks for quick easy tutorial. :)

Shouldn't take you but about 5 minutes per side, and most of that will be finding the right socket for the bolts. I can't remember what size I used on the driver side, ended up using an SAE but think it's actually a metric size. The passenger side needed a 10mm socket.

SouthernCaddy
11-30-11, 06:10 PM
Mine were a little further down past the speakers. I was going to do this but since GM offered under warranty I let them replace them. If it happens again I will do it. My wrinkles were from Sun not water. I checked it

hcvone
11-30-11, 06:10 PM
Nice job and description :). I agree if no one left the sunroof open the the windshield is leaking, have not seen any Escalade's yet but several Tahoe's

Aerocoupe
12-29-11, 06:15 PM
For those that are out of warranty the part numbers for the LH and RH sides for the Opal Grey interior are as follows:

LH - 20962781
RH - 20962777

Both will come with the tweeters. I fixed the sag in both of the ones on our '07 but there was some discoloration and although it looked better the discoloration was driving me nuts. Dealer here in Houston had them in stock and they went in today.

Darren

jdubh25
01-08-12, 11:50 AM
Looks nice, think I will attempt to do mine also. Question though, the previous owner of mine bought it CPO, does this warranty carry over to me as well?

48Dodge
01-08-12, 01:07 PM
I've got to redo mine today. I picked up some real headliner glue. The spray glue lasted about 2 weeks in the sun before it gave up the ghost.

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wangstarr03
05-27-14, 05:32 PM
Hate to revive an old thread, but I recently undertook this same task. Getting the pillars off was simple enough (drivers side just has one bolt, and passenger has two that hold the oh sh!t handle in place). Unfortunately, I've done this twice, already, with varying levels of success. After the first, the cloth started to sag, again. After the second time (a few weeks ago) the adhesive started bleeding through the fabric AND it started to sag again, also. With that being said, I'm just going to order new pillars. GM parts catalog has updated the p/n though so here they are:

LH - 20986759
RH - 20986755

Hope this helps anyone experiencing the same issues!

big rob 1
05-28-14, 11:04 PM
With that being said, I'm just going to order new pillars. GM parts catalog has updated the p/n though so here they are:

LH - 20986759
RH - 20986755

Hope this helps anyone experiencing the same issues!

Are these for Ebony?

Anyone have the part #s for Cashmere?

wangstarr03
05-29-14, 12:43 AM
Are these for Ebony?

Anyone have the part #s for Cashmere?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the pillar/headliner fabric the same color regardless of the interior color?

big rob 1
05-29-14, 10:59 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the pillar/headliner fabric the same color regardless of the interior color?

No idea?
If they are the same then my question is dumb :D

So I guess the question I have is, ARE they the same from Ebony to Cashmere?
And are they the same for EXT and NON EXTs?

Jefe De Jefes
05-30-14, 03:30 AM
Anyone have the part #s for Cashmere?

I think the part numbers are on the backside of the pillar covers.
I have my old ones sitting here somewhere. I'll see if I can find the numbers.
I ended up using some Tahoe/silverado pillars without the fabric. I too tried to re-glue but it only lasted a few months for me.

Jefe De Jefes
05-31-14, 11:44 AM
Anyone have the part #s for Cashmere?

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj99/jefedejefes13/55EE8B68-7D75-4AE5-B69D-5515DFC57820.jpg (http://s270.photobucket.com/user/jefedejefes13/media/55EE8B68-7D75-4AE5-B69D-5515DFC57820.jpg.html)

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj99/jefedejefes13/A801DAD9-A657-4063-B4A7-F20F5AC3BD17.jpg (http://s270.photobucket.com/user/jefedejefes13/media/A801DAD9-A657-4063-B4A7-F20F5AC3BD17.jpg.html)

big rob 1
05-31-14, 01:51 PM
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj99/jefedejefes13/55EE8B68-7D75-4AE5-B69D-5515DFC57820.jpg (http://s270.photobucket.com/user/jefedejefes13/media/55EE8B68-7D75-4AE5-B69D-5515DFC57820.jpg.html)

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj99/jefedejefes13/A801DAD9-A657-4063-B4A7-F20F5AC3BD17.jpg (http://s270.photobucket.com/user/jefedejefes13/media/A801DAD9-A657-4063-B4A7-F20F5AC3BD17.jpg.html)

so is the consensus that cashmere is different from ebony?

nasserg
03-02-15, 08:28 PM
For those that are out of warranty the part numbers for the LH and RH sides for the Opal Grey interior are as follows:

LH - 20962781
RH - 20962777

Both will come with the tweeters. I fixed the sag in both of the ones on our '07 but there was some discoloration and although it looked better the discoloration was driving me nuts. Dealer here in Houston had them in stock and they went in today.

Darren

Hello. Can you recall what the cost was for these Pillars? Thank you :)

nasserg
03-02-15, 08:29 PM
Hate to revive an old thread, but I recently undertook this same task. Getting the pillars off was simple enough (drivers side just has one bolt, and passenger has two that hold the oh sh!t handle in place). Unfortunately, I've done this twice, already, with varying levels of success. After the first, the cloth started to sag, again. After the second time (a few weeks ago) the adhesive started bleeding through the fabric AND it started to sag again, also. With that being said, I'm just going to order new pillars. GM parts catalog has updated the p/n though so here they are:

LH - 20986759
RH - 20986755

Hope this helps anyone experiencing the same issues!

Can you recall what the cost was for these Pillars? Thank you :)

denaliguy
03-02-15, 08:46 PM
20986759 - $70 (free ship) on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/CADILLAC-20986759-GENUINE-OEM-WNDSHLD-PLR-TRIM-/181641749337?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2a4ab12359&vxp=mtr

20986755 - $73 (free ship) on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cadillac-GM-OEM-07-14-Escalade-Interior-Wndshld-Pillar-Trim-Right-20986755-/291379765386?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item43d796608a&vxp=mtr

I tried pulling the fabric back and using a spray adhesive to do the cheap route...looked awful so I bought new ones online. eBay had the cheapest prices and they are OEM from GM dealers. Easy to replace. Good luck.

dsminva
03-03-15, 10:09 AM
I'm really surprised that nobody really bitches about these. I see all the complaints about the dash cracking, and the outside window reveal moulding flaking, but not much on this. Just about every Escalade I looked at when I was shopping had this issue.

FWIW - these have to come off to replace the cracked dash. I'm planning to buy both of these and the dash to do it all at once. Just want the weather to warm up a bit. If you order from GM you will get a 1 year warranty. Probably not the case from ebay.

denaliguy
03-03-15, 11:35 AM
I'm really surprised that nobody really bitches about these. I see all the complaints about the dash cracking, and the outside window reveal moulding flaking, but not much on this. Just about every Escalade I looked at when I was shopping had this issue.

FWIW - these have to come off to replace the cracked dash. I'm planning to buy both of these and the dash to do it all at once. Just want the weather to warm up a bit. If you order from GM you will get a 1 year warranty. Probably not the case from ebay.

They come with a 1 year warranty from GM, check the links I posted - it's in there. You're actually buying from places like gmpartsdirect.com, but it's their eBay store. Same place just much lower prices. I called various GM dealers to price it and they ranged from $125-$200 EACH. These are the exact same as what you'd get from a dealer, even in the same GM parts box.

Also, the pillars were redesigned. The fabric isn't as soft as what I had in my 08. They also have a sharp angle on them going into the windshield as opposed to the rounded edge I had on my original pillars. I'm optimistic they won't peel again but only time will tell.

bigmatt357
03-05-15, 03:17 PM
I'm having the same problems wih my pillars, thanks for the updated part numbers