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Remove the door trim

For audio work or some other hacks, you must completely remove the inner door panel. Here's how!

Time Required:
30-45 minutes

Tools Needed:

  • Small flat-head screwdriver or prying device
  • Torx T-20 driver
  • 1/4 inch deep socket (or a nut driver bit for your screwdriver)
  • Window crank removal tool or some prying tools (for manual crank windows)


  • On the inside of the affected door, remove the little round plastic cap inside the latch handle/lock enclosure and the inner door handle insert by gently prying them. This will expose a Torx screw and two 1/4" bolts.
  • Around the perimeter of the door trim, there are several Torx T20 screws. Remove them as well as the screw holding the door latch handle. Don't forget the screws on the inner edge and bottom edge of the door trim!
  • Using a 1/4" nut driver or deep-well socket, remove the bolts inside the door handle.
  • Pull the indoor side view mirror bezel away from the door. It's held on with simple clips and should come off with a little bit of force. Leave it hanging loose, you don't need to completely remove it.
  • If equipped with manual crank windows, remove the window crank as shown in this hack.
  • If equipped with power locks or windows, pull up on the bezel holding the switches. It will separate from the door trim. Disconnect all electrical connections.
  • While pulling the bottom edge of the door trim away from the door, pull the whole panel upwards. It will come off from the door as the upper part slides out from the door near the window.
  • Assemble in reverse order. Make certain that the upper edge of the door trim seats properly into the door and that all electrical connections are made before reassembly.

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