Paul's Travel Pictures

Dodge Grand Caravan Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the interior door panels of a 5th generation 2008-2014 Dodge Grand Caravan to upgrade the OEM speakers.

Main Menu                 Home                Digital Cameras                Misc. Pictures                 Articles                 My Blog

2013 Grand Caravan Door Panel
Pry Out Trim Panel
Door Handle Trim Piece
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 5th generation or "Generation V" (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Dodge Grand Caravan in taking off the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electric switch or replace a broken power window motor.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM vehicles with similar interior door panels such as the Avenger, 200, 300, Town & Country, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Patriot, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Compass, 1500, 2500, 3500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to take off the door panel include a small flathead screwdriver, a Torx T20 star bit screwdriver, a large flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel removal tool, and a pair of needle nose pliers.

To remove the OEM door speakers, you'll need a Torx T25 star bit screwdriver.

Pry Out Screw Cover
Screw Cover Removed
Pry Off Sail Panel
The first two steps are to open the door and lower the power window all the way down.

Then pry out the small rectangular shaped plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle with a small flathead screwdriver.

Next pry out the screw cover at the bottom of the door pull well in the center of the armrest.

Set the two trim panels aside in a safe place.

Sail Panel Removed
Remove Torx T-20 Screw
Door Opener Handle Screw
Move to the top inner corner of the door panel and gently pry off the sail panel with the small flathead screwdriver.

On some vehicle models or trim levels the sail panel may also contain a tweeter speaker that needs to be disconnected.

Set the sail panel aside with the other two plastic panels.

Remove the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it counterclockwise with the Torx T20 star bit screwdriver.

Remove Armrest Screw
Arm Rest Screw Removed
Pry Out Bottom Edge
Remove the screw at the bottom of the door pull well in the armrest by turning it counterclockwise with the Torx T20 screwdriver.

Insert a large flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel removal tool in between the bottom edge of the plastic door panel and the metal door frame.

Pull Out Pop Rivets
Lift Off Door Panel
Tilt Top of Door Panel
Firmly pry out the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners at the bottom edge of the door panel.

Continue pulling out the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Pull the door panel up and off the metal door frame. Tilt the top of the door panel towards yourself and support the bottom edge with your thighs.

Press Release Button
Disconnect Power Plug
Door Opener Handle Cable
Press the release tab on the green plastic electrical connector for the switch panel and pull it straight out of its socket.
Squeeze Together Prongs
Pull Out Plastic Collar
Swing Out Cable
Squeeze together the two white plastic prongs on the door opener handle cable and pull the collar out of the bracket.


Remove Metal Cylinder
Door Panel Removed
Metal Door Frame
Swing the cable out away from yourself and lift the metal cylinder at the end out of its socket.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

2 Screws, 3 Plastic Panels
Speaker Torx T25 Screws
4 Screws Removed
The OEM door speaker is held in place by four Torx T25 screws.

Remove the screws by turning them counterclockwise.

Pull Out OEM Speaker
Disconnect Power Plug
OEM Speaker Removed
Pull the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) speaker out of the door frame.

Press the release tab on the white plastic power plug before sliding it straight out of its socket.

The OEM speaker can be replaced with aftermarket speakers in the following sizes: 6"x 9", 7", 6.5" (6 1/2") and 5 1/4" (5.25").

I'd recommend purchasing new aftermarket speakers from Crutchfield since they usually include any necessary wiring adapters, harnesses or mounting brackets.

If you'd like to reduce road noise, make your car quieter and improve the sound from your new speakers, I'd recommend installing some Dynamat Sound Deadener on to the metal door frame. It will help stop vibrations and rattles when you crank up the volume.

Hold Panel Near Frame
Green Plastic Power Plug
Push In Switch Panel Plug
To replace the door panel, hold it near the door frame and push in the green plastic power plug for the switch panel.
Door Opener Handle Cable
Re-Insert Metal Cylinder
Push In White Plastic Collar
Re-insert the metal cylinder at the end of the door opener cable in to its socket.
Door Handle Cable Installed
Insert Door Lock Stalk
Line Up Friction Fasteners
Push the white plastic collar on the door opener handle cable in to the bracket until the two prongs expand and hold it securely in place.

Insert the door lock stalk at the top outer corner in to the hole in the door panel.

Line up the pop rivet friction fasteners on the back of the door panel with their corresponding holes in the door frame.

Tap In Pop Rivets
Tighten T20 Screw
T20 Armrest Screw
Firmly tap in the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Replace the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise with the Torx T20 screwdriver.

Replace the screw at the bottom of the door pull well in the armrest by turning it clockwise with the Torx T-20 screwdriver.

Push On Screw Cover
Line Up Plastic Trim Piece
Snap In Plastic Trim Panel
Push the plastic screw cover back in to place at the bottom of the door pull well in the armrest.

Snap in the plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle.

Line Up Sail Panel
Push On Sail Panel
Door Panel Re-Installed
Line up the friction fasteners on the rear of the sail panel and push it back in to place.

Sit inside the vehicle, close the door and verify that the door lock stalk, door opener handle, power window switch and power door lock switch all work properly.

For more, check out my other Dodge Grand Caravan DIY Maintenance Guides.

If you found this guide to be helpful, please consider making a small donation by clicking on the "Donate" button located to the right of this paragraph. Thank you!
(Note: I am not a registered charity. Donations are not tax deductible.)

Please help support this website by shopping at Thank You! 

Main Menu            Home            My Digital Cameras            Misc. Pictures            Articles            My Blog


Copyright 2019 ©
 All Rights Reserved

Privacy Policy     About Paul & Author Contact Info