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2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the interior door panels of a 10th generation 2009 to 2013 Toyota Corolla with photo illustrated steps.

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2010 Corolla Door Panel
Pry Out Handle Trim Piece
Trim Panel Removed
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 10th generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) Toyota Corolla in removing the interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speakers, add soundproofing material, replace a power window motor or fix a faulty switch.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, RAV4, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The only tools needed to remove the door panels are a small flat head screwdriver and a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

If you'd like to remove the OEM door speaker, you'll need an electric drill with some drill bits to remove the metal rivets.

Door Handle Screw
Remove Phillips Screw
Armrest Well Screw Cover
The first step is to gently pry out the oval black plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle using a small flathead screwdriver.

Then remove the single screw behind the door opener handle with the Phillips head screwdriver by turning it counter clockwise and set it aside in a safe place.

Phillips Screw Exposed
Remove Arm Rest Screw
2 Screws & Trim Panel
Move to the door pull handle well in the arm rest and pry open the round screw cover.

Remove the single screw in the arm rest well with a Phillips head screwdriver and set it aside with the other screw.

Pull Off Sail / Tweeter Panel
Tweeter Speaker
Release Tab - Remove Plug
Move to the top inner corner of the door panel and gently pull off the triangular sail panel that contains the tweeter speaker.

Press the release button on the side of the white power connector and slide it straight out of its socket.

Set the tweeter panel aside with the two screws and trim piece.

Tweeter Panel Removed
Pry Up Switch Panel
Switch Panel Removed
Pry up the rear edge of the driver's switch panel with the small flathead screwdriver and pull it out of the door panel.

The power door lock and window switch panel is held in place by a few friction fasteners and a plastic hook at the front edge.

Press Release Button
Pull Out Power Connector
Pull Bottom of Panel
Push the release button on the white plastic power connector and slide it straight out of the socket.

If the power plug is difficult to remove, you may need to use the small flathead screwdriver to firmly press the release tab.

Move to the bottom edge of the panel and pull it towards yourself to pop out the plastic "pop rivet" friction fasteners.

Pull Out Pop Rivets
Door Opener / Lock Cables
Pull Up On Black Clip
Continue pulling on the bottom edge and both sides of the panel to disengage all of the friction fasteners.

Lift the plastic door panel up and off the metal door frame.

Angle the door panel towards yourself and support the bottom of the panel with your thighs.

Gently pull up on the black plastic retaining tab at the top of the door opener and lock mechanism to release it.

Opener/Lock Mechanism
Handle/Lock Released
Front Door Panel Removed


Pull the door opener handle and lock/unlock mechanism out of the door panel.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

(If the foam piece at the top corner of the panel falls off, re-attach it in place with some glue or thin double sided tape.)

Driver's Metal Door Frame
OEM Door Speaker
Slide Out Power Connector
The original OEM door speaker is located at the bottom inner corner of the door frame.

According to Crutchfield, the front door speakers can be replaced with 5 1/4" (5.25"), 6 1/2" (6.5") or 6 3/4" (6.75") sized aftermarket speakers. I'd recommend purchasing from Crutchfield since they usually include any necessary brackets or power plug wiring adapters.

Drill Out 3 Metal Rivets
Power Window Regulator
Re-Insert Handle/Lock
Press the release button on the speaker's power plug and slide it straight out of the socket.

To remove the OEM door speaker, you'll need to carefully drill out the three metal rivets.

The power window motor and regulator are located behind the plastic sound insulating sheet.

If you'd like to reduce road noise, make your car quieter and improve the sound from your speakers, I'd recommend installing some Dynamat Sound Deadener on the metal door frame.

Snap In To Bracket
Pull Through Power Plug
Lower Panel On Frame
To re-install the door panel, first hold it near the door frame and support the bottom with your thighs.

Insert the door opener handle in through the hole in the panel and snap the assembly in to the bracket.

Make sure that the black plastic tab at the top clicks in to place.

Pull the white plastic power connector for the window and door locks switch panel in through the arm rest.

Lower the top of the door panel on to the lip of the metal door frame.

Line Up Friction Fasteners
Push In Edges of Panel
Pushing In Pop Rivets
Line up the white plastic "pop rivet" friction fasteners on the rear of the panel with their corresponding holes in the metal door frame.

Push on the bottom and sides of the panel to re-insert the fasteners.

Push In Power Plug
Hook At Front of Plate
Insert Front Side First
Push the white plastic power plug in to the socket on the bottom of the arm rest switch panel until it clicks in to place.

Insert the hook at the front of the switch panel in to the arm rest first and then push the rear side down.

Pop In Rear of Switch Panel
Tighten Arm Rest Screw
Pop In Screw Cover
Insert the screw in to the door pull well at the rear of the switch panel and tighten it with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Snap the round plastic screw cover back in place.

Replace Door Handle Screw
Snap In Trim Piece
Door Handle Trim Replaced
Replace the screw behind the door opener handle and tighten it with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Re-insert the plastic door handle trim piece and snap it in to place.

Plug In Tweeter Speaker
Push In Sail Panel
Door Panel Replaced
Push the power connector for the tweeter speaker back in to the socket on the rear of the sail panel.

Push the sail panel back in to place.

Be sure to record the speaker change or other repair in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out my other Corolla DIY tutorials at the links below -

2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides

2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides

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