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Ford Edge Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 2nd generation 2015 to 2019 Ford Edge to upgrade the speaker.

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2017 Edge Door Panel
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Pry Out Front of Cover
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Two Plastic Clips - Front
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and probably also the refreshed 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 model years of the Ford Edge 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 Ford and Lincoln vehicles such as the Escape, Expedition, EcoSport, Flex, Explorer, Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, Mustang, Taurus, Ranger, Transit Connect, F-150, Endura, C-Max, Kuga, Mondeo, MKZ, Navigator, Aviator, Nautilus and Continental may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panels include a small flat head screwdriver, a plastic pry bar tool, a 7mm socket, a 10mm socket, an extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

To remove the OEM door speakers, you'll need a 7mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet.

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

Then move to the silver colored door opener handle and locate the plastic trim cover situated behind it.

Use a small flat head screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool to very gently pry out the front edge of the black plastic trim piece located behind the door opener handle.

There are two plastic retaining clips at the front edge of the trim cover and two hooks at the rear edge.

Do not pry at the rear edge of the trim cover (located closer to the back of the car) since the hooks are holding it in place.

Pull out the front edge of the trim cover from behind the door opener handle and slide out the two hooks.

Set the trim cover aside in a safe place.



 

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Small Black Screw Exposed
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Loosening Switch Panel
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Gently Pry Up Front Edge
Then move to the switch panel attached to the armrest.

Use the plastic pry bar tool and flat head screwdriver to gently loosen the front, rear and sides of the switch panel.

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Gently Pry Up Side
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Loosen Rear Edge
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Switch Panel Removed
Be careful when you pry at the outer side edge of the switch panel.

There are plastic hooks along the outer edge.

Try to avoid using excessive force. The switch panel should pop out relatively easily.

If you have trouble removing the switch panel, just be patient and keep on loosening the friction fastener retaining clips with the plastic pry bar tool.

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Plastic Friction Fastener
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Plastic Hooks Outer Edge
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Close Up of Plastic Hooks
Take a look at the pictures above to see the hooks and retaining clips on the underside of the switch panel.
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Push In Release Tab
Push in the release tab on the electrical connector and slide it straight out of its socket.
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Power Plug Released
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Pry Off Sail Panel
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Sail Panel Removed
Set the switch panel aside in a safe place.

Then move to the top front corner of the door panel and locate the somewhat triangular shaped "sail" panel.

Use the plastic pry bar tool to gently pull off the sail panel.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Black Bolt Removed
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Long Extension Bar
Loosen the bolt located behind the door opener handle by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with a 10mm socket attached to an extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Set the bolt aside with the trim cover.

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Loosen Armrest Bolt
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Armrest Bolt Removed
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Front Bottom Edge Screw
Then loosen the bolt located just below the armrest with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

You may need to attach a longer extension bar to the ratchet in order to reach the bolt.

Set the bolt from the armrest aside with the switch panel.

Move to the bottom edge of the door panel and locate the two small black metal screws.

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1st Small Screw Removed
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Remove 2nd Screw
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2nd Small Screw Removed
Remove the two small screws by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with a 7mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

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3 Trim Pieces & 4 Fasteners
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Two Bolts & Two Screws
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Pull Out Bottom Edge
At this point, you should have removed three plastic pieces, two bolts and two small screws.

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

Firmly pull out the bottom edge of the door panel to release the pop rivets and plastic retaining clips.

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Release Pop Rivets
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White Retaining Clips
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Lift Panel Off Frame
Continue pulling out the friction fasteners all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

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

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Tilt Away Top Edge
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Plastic Release Switch
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Pull Back To Release
Tilt the top edge of the door panel towards yourself and support the bottom with your legs.

Locate the white plastic mount for the door opener handle cable.

Gently pull back the white plastic clip at the rear edge of the mount to release it from the black plastic bracket.

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Lift Out Rear of Mount
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Cable Bracket Removed
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Push In Release Tab
Lift up the rear edge of the cable mount out of the bracket.

Then pull out the front edge of the cable mount.

On the front passenger side door panel, there are several electrical connectors including for the tweeter speaker and the door lock switch.

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Disconnect Power Plug
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Power Door Lock Plug
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Release Connector
Push in the release tab on the electrical connectors before sliding them straight out of their sockets.
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Metal Door Frame
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Door Panel Removed
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Push In Release Tab
Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

The original OEM front door speaker is located at the bottom inner corner of the door frame.

Push in the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector at the top of the speaker and slide it straight out of its socket.



 

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Pull Out Power Plug
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Remove Second Screw
Remove the three screws on the speaker by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with a 7mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.
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Remove 3rd Screw
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Three Screws Removed
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Pull Out OEM Speaker
Set the three screws aside in a safe place.

Pull the OEM speaker out of the door panel.

The original lower front door speakers can be replaced with aftermarket car speakers in the following compatible sizes: 6 1/2" (6.5") and 6 3/4" (6.75").

I highly recommend applying some Dynamat sound deadener to the metal door frame and the back side of the plastic door panel to help stop any vibrations or rattles when you crank up the volume.

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Hold Panel Near Frame
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Side View Mirror Plug
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Tweeter Speaker Plug
To re-install the plastic door panel, hold it near the door frame and tilt the top edge towards yourself.

Replace the electrical connectors by sliding them straight into their sockets.

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Door Lock Power Plug
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Switch Panel Power Plug
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Handle Cable Mount
You should hear or feel the power plugs "click" securely into the sockets.

Line up the white plastic mount for the door handle opener cable with the black plastic bracket on the back side of the door panel.

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Lower In Front Edge
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Push Down Rear Edge
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Lower Panel On Frame
Lower the front edge of the mount into the bracket first.

Then push down the rear edge of the mount until it "clicks" into place.

Double check that the cable is securely attached to the back side of the door panel.

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

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Line Up Pop Rivets
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Electrical Connector
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Firmly Tap In Pop Rivets
Pull the electrical connector for the switch panel through the opening in the armrest.

Line up the round white plastic pop rivets and the retaining clips with their corresponding openings in the metal door frame.

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

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Middle of Armrest Bolt
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Tighten Bolt Clockwise
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Bolt Behind Door Handle
Replace the bolt at the center of the armrest by turning it in the clockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" or 3/8" drive ratchet until it is snug.

Then replace the 10mm bolt behind the door opener handle closer to the top of the door panel.

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Line Up Sail Panel
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Push On Sail Panel
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Replace Lower Screws
Line up the friction fasteners on the back side of the sail panel and push it back into place.

Replace the two small screws into the bottom edge of the door panel by turning them in the clockwise direction with the 7mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet until they are snug.

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Tighten Clockwise
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Push In Power Plug
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Underside of Switch Panel
Then push the electrical connector for the switch panel into its socket.
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Push In Switch Panel
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Line Up Trim Cover
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Retaining Clips On Left
Lower the switch panel down into the opening in the armrest.

Gently push on the switch panel to secure the retaining clips.

Line up the trim piece behind the door opener handle.

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First - Hooks On Right
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Replace Trim Cover
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Door Panel Replaced
First, re-insert the two hooks on the rear edge of the trim cover back into their slots.

Then push on the front edge of the trim cover to secure the two orange plastic retaining clips.

Sit inside the car, close the door and verify that the door opener handle, door lock switch, power window switch and tweeter speaker and lower speaker are all working properly.

Be sure to record the speaker upgrade in your vehicle's service records.

Please check out all of my 2015-2019 Ford Edge DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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