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Mitsubishi Outlander Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 3rd generation 2014 to 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV.

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2020 Outlander Door Panel
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Pry Off "Sail" Panel
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Sail Panel Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021) Mitsubishi Outlander 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 Mitsubishi vehicles such as the Outlander Sport, Eclipse Cross, Mirage, Mirage G4, Lancer, ASX, Montero Sport, Pajero, Xpander, Strada and RVR may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panels include a plastic pry bar tool, a small flat head screwdriver such as from a precision screwdriver set, a large flat head screwdriver and a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

The first two steps are to fully lower the power window and open the door.

Move to the top inner corner of the door panel and gently pry off the triangular shaped "sail" panel with a plastic panel removal tool. The sail panel houses a tweeter speaker on most models.



 

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Push In Release Tab
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Unplug Tweeter Speaker
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Pry Out Trim Cover
Use a small flat head screwdriver to push in the release button on the tweeter speaker's electrical connector.

Slide the power plug straight out of its socket.

Move to the door opener handle and door lock rocker switch assembly.

Use a flat head screwdriver to gently pry out the rear edge of the plastic trim cover located behind the door opener handle.

Try to avoid using excessive force. The trim piece should pop out relatively easily.

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Trim Piece Removed
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Pry Out Rubber Cover
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Armrest Well Screw
Set the trim cover aside in a safe place.

Move to the center of the armrest and pry out the rubber cover in the bottom of the well by the door pull handle with a flat head screwdriver.

Set the rubber cover aside in a safe place.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Door Opener Handle
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Remove Armrest Screw
Loosen the screw located behind the door opener handle by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screw aside with the corresponding plastic trim cover.

Remove the screw in the bottom of the armrest well by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

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Needle Nose Pliers
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Two Covers, Two Screws
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Insert Pry Bar Tool
You may need to use some needle nose pliers to pull the screw out of the bottom of the well.

Set the armrest screw aside with the rubber cover.

Move to the bottom edge of the door panel.

Insert a large plastic pry bar tool (or a large flat head screwdriver) in between the bottom edge of the door panel and the metal door frame.

Firmly pull out the bottom edge of the door panel to release the pop rivets.

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Release Pop Rivets
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Lift Panel Off Frame
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Tilt Away Top Edge
Continue releasing the pop rivet friction fasteners all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

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

Tilt the top edge of the door panel towards yourself to access the back side.

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Swing Out Lock Cable
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Lift Cylinder Out of Socket
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Door Handle Cable
There are two cables on the rear of the door panel.

The cable with the yellow plastic collar operates the door lock rocker switch.

The cable with the blue plastic collar operates the door opener handle.

Pop out the plastic collar for each cable, swing out the cable away from the door panel and lift the metal cylinder out of its socket.

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Lift Cylinder From Socket
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Disconnect Power Plug
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Release Large Connector
On the front passenger door panel, there are two white plastic electrical connectors that need to be detached.

Push in the release tabs and slide the power plugs straight out of their sockets.

(The front driver side door may be equipped with additional electrical connectors.)

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Replace Stuck Pop Rivet
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Door Panel Removed
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Metal Door Frame
Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

Check the metal door frame for any pop rivets that may have remained stuck in place.

Reattach any stuck pop rivets back to their correct locations on the plastic door panel.

The OEM front door speaker is situated at the front lower corner of the door frame.

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OEM Door Speaker
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Disconnect Power Plug
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Rotate Counterclockwise
Push in the release button on the speaker's white plastic electrical connector before sliding it straight out of its socket.

To remove the OEM speaker from the door frame, rotate it about 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction.

The OEM lower front door speaker can be replaced with aftermarket car speakers in the following sizes: 6 1/2" and 6 3/4".

While you have the door panel off, I highly recommend adding some Dynamat soundproofing material to the metal door frame and the back side of the plastic door panel.

The soundproofing material will help prevent any rattles or vibrations when you crank up the volume so that you can fully appreciate the speaker upgrade.

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Line Up Door Panel
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Blue Cable - Bottom
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Pop In Plastic Collar
To replace the door panel, hold it near the door frame and tilt the top edge towards yourself.

The cable with the blue plastic collar operates the door opener handle and should be installed closer to the bottom of the assembly.

The cable with the yellow plastic collar operates the door lock rocker switch and should be attached closer to the top of the door panel.

Lower the metal cylinder at the end of each cable into the correct socket, swing the cable towards the door panel and snap the plastic collar back into the bracket.

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Yellow Cable - Top
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Replace Large Connector
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Push In Small Plug
Push the two white plastic electrical connectors back into their sockets.

You should feel or hear the power plugs "click" securely into place.

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Lower Panel On Frame
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Line Up Pop Rivets
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Firmly Tap In Fasteners
Double check that the electrical connectors and two cables are properly attached.

Gently lower the top of the plastic door panel down on to the metal lip at the top of the door frame.

Line up the white plastic pop rivets on the back side of the door panel with their corresponding holes in the metal door frame.

Firmly tap in the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

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Replace Upper Screw
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Replace Armrest Screw
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Lower In Rubber Cover
Replace the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver until it is snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screw to prevent from cracking the plastic door panel.

Replace the screw at the bottom of the well in the door pull handle by turning it in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver until it is snug.

Lower the rubber cover down into the well.

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Pop In Trim Cover
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Trim Piece Secured
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Door Panel Replaced
Gently snap the plastic trim piece back into place behind the door opener handle.

Don't forget to connect the tweeter speaker and reattach the sail panel.

I forgot to include those steps in the pictures when completing this tutorial.

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

Be sure to record the speaker upgrade or any other procedure in your vehicle's service records.

Please check out all of the 2014-2021 Mitsubishi Outlander DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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