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Toyota 4Runner Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 5th generation 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner to upgrade the speakers.

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2015 4Runner Door Panel
Top Inner Corner Panel
Pull Off Sail Panel
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Toyota 4Runner SUV in taking off the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or replace a broken power window motor.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Corolla, 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 tools needed to take off the door panel include a small flathead screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver and possibly also an automotive panel pry bar tool.

To remove the OEM door speaker, you'll need either a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench or a Phillips head screwdriver.

Pry Out Trim Piece
Trim Cover Removed
Door Opener Handle
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and then open the door.

Move to the top inner corner of the door panel and locate the triangular shaped sail panel.

Gently pull off the sail panel with your fingers or use a plastic automotive panel removal tool.

On some 4Runner models, the sail panel may contain a tweeter speaker that needs to be disconnected.

Next, gently pry out the plastic trim piece located behind the door opener handle with a small flathead screwdriver.

Set the trim piece aside in a safe place.

Pry Open Screw Cover
Screw Near Switch Panel
Pry Out Lower Cover
Pry open the screw cover just above the door pull handle and near the electrical switch panel with a small flathead screwdriver.

Then move to the bottom of the door pull handle near the center of the armrest and pry open the larger screw cover.

Lower Screw Cover
Loosen Counterclockwise
Phillips Head Screw
Remove the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the small silver screw aside with the plastic trim piece.

Remove Counterclockwise
Large Phillips Head Screw
Remove Lower Screw
Remove the Phillips head screw near the top of the door pull handle by turning it counterclockwise.

Then remove the Phillips head screw at the bottom of the door pull handle by turning it counterclockwise.

You might need to use a pair of needle nose pliers to remove the lower screw from its well.

Pull Out Lower Screw
3 Screws & 2 Plastic Pieces
Pull Out Bottom Edge
Set the two larger black metal screws aside in a safe place.

Firmly pull out the bottom edge of the door panel to release the pop rivet friction fasteners.

If you have trouble pulling out the bottom of the door panel, try using a large flathead screwdriver or a panel removal tool to disengage the pop rivets.

Pop Rivets Removed
Disconnect Step Light Bulb
Lift Door Panel Off Frame
Continue pulling out the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the plastic door panel.

Press in the release tab on the power plug for the courtesy step light housing at the bottom of the panel before sliding it straight out of the socket.

Carefully lift the door panel up and off the top of the metal door frame.

Tilt Away Top Edge
Press Release Tab
Unplug Switch Panel
Tilt the top edge of the door panel yourself while supporting the bottom with your legs.

Press in the release tab on the electrical connector for the switch panel before sliding it straight out of the socket.

Two Metal Cables
Pull Collar Out of Bracket
Lift Out Metal Ball
Pull the green plastic collar near the end of the door opener handle cable out of the "C" shaped black plastic bracket.

Swing out the cable and lift the metal ball at the end of the cable out of the socket.


Pull Out White Collar
Lift Out Metal Ball
Door Panel Removed
Repeat the same process to disconnect the cable for the door lock rocker switch.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

Metal Door Frame
Loosen 10mm Bolts
Hold Panel Near Frame
The OEM door speaker is located at the bottom inner corner of the metal door frame.

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

The speaker is held in place by four silver bolts. Remove the bolts by turning them counterclockwise with either a Phillips head screwdriver or a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

The OEM front door speakers can be replaced with aftermarket speakers in the following sizes: 6 1/2" (6.5"), 6 3/4" (6.75"), or 6"X9". Some speakers may require a mounting bracket.

To make your new speakers sound better and reduce road noise, I'd recommend installing Dynamat Sound Deadener to the metal door frame. It will help stop the unwanted vibrations or rattles when you crank up the volume.

To replace the plastic door panel, hold it near the door frame and tilt the top edge towards yourself.

Push In Switch Panel Plug
Replace Door Lock Cable
Door Opener Handle Cable

Push the electrical connector for the switch panel straight in to its socket.

Re-insert the metal ball at the end of the door lock switch cable in to its socket and then snap the white plastic collar in to the "C" shaped bracket.

Re-insert the metal ball at the end of the door opener handle cable in to its socket at the bottom of the bracket and then pop in the green plastic collar.

Metal Brackets - Top Panel
Lower Panel On Top Lip
Courtesy Step Light Plug
There are a few metal brackets on the underside of the plastic door panel.

Line up the metal brackets with the top lip of the door frame and lower the panel down in to place.

Push the power plug for the courtesy step light at the bottom of the door panel back in to its socket.

Line Up Pop Rivets
Tap In Friction Fasteners
Re-Insert Lower Screw
Line up the plastic pop rivets on the back side of the door panel with their corresponding holes in the metal door frame.

Firmly tap in the friction fasteners all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Re-insert the screw at the bottom of the door pull handle.

Tighten Phillips Clockwise
Tighten Top Screw
Door Opener Handle Screw
Tighten the screw in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver until it is snug.

Replace the Phillips head screw at the top of the door pull handle, near the switch panel, by turning it clockwise.

Replace the small silver Phillips head screw behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise.

Re-Insert Trim Cover
Pop In Screw Cover
Push In Lower Screw Cover
Pop in the plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle.

Close the screw cover at the top of the door pull handle.

Push the screw cover at the bottom of the arm rest closed.

Line Up Sail Panel
Push On Sail Panel
Door Panel Replaced
If your sail panel contains a tweeter speaker, re-insert the power plug.

Line up the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners on the back of the sail panel and push it back in to place.

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

For more, check out my other 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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