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Toyota Camry Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in an XV70 8th generation 2018 to 2022 Toyota Camry sedan.

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2018 Camry Door Panel
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Pry Off Sail Panel
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Release Pop Rivet
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the XV70 eighth generation (2018, 2019 and probably also the 2020, 2021 & 2022 model years) Toyota Camry sedan in taking off the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speaker, fix a faulty electrical switch, add soundproofing material or replace a broken power window motor.

Owners of other Toyota, Scion and Lexus vehicles such as the Avalon, Corolla, Prius, Yaris, Mirai, 86, Sienna, RAV4, Highlander, 4Runner, C-HR, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Hilux, RX 350, IS 250, IS 350, CT 200H, GS 450h, GX 470, LX 470, UX 200, NX 300 and UX 250h may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a plastic trim panel removal tool and a Phillips head screwdriver.

To remove the OEM front door speakers, you'll need a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.



 

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

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

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

(On some Toyota models or Camry trim levels, the sail panel may contain a tweeter speaker that will need to have its power plug disconnected.)

Set the sail panel aside in a safe place.

Then move to the chrome silver colored door opener handle and door lock rocker switch assembly.

Use the plastic pry bar tool to gently pry out the trim piece located behind the door opener handle.

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Trim Piece Removed
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Rear of Switch Panel
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Pry Out Rear of Panel
Set the trim cover aside in a safe place.

Then pry up the rear edge of the switch panel with the plastic pry bar tool.

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

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Lift Out Switch Panel
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Push In Release Tab
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Disconnect Power Plugs
Lift out the switch panel and slide it towards the rear of the car.

There is a small plastic hook on the front edge of the switch panel. Try to avoid breaking it.

Push in the release tabs on the electrical connectors before sliding the power plugs straight out of their sockets.

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Two Plugs Removed
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Pry Up Armrest Panel
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Release Arm Rest Clips
Set the switch panel aside in a safe place.

Then move to the rear edge of the armrest cover.

Gently pry up the rear edge of the armrest with the plastic pry bar tool.

Continue releasing the retaining clips along the outer edge of the armrest.

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Armrest Removed
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Disconnect Plastic Tether
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Remove Phillips Screw
Lift off the armrest and turn it over.

There is a white plastic triangular shaped piece that tethers the armrest to the door panel.

Gently remove the anchor from the slot in the door panel.

Set the armrest aside in a safe place.

Remove the screw located behind the door opener handle by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Door Handle Screw
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Switch Panel Screw
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Phillips Screw Removed
Set the screw aside with the plastic trim piece.

Remove the screw that was located under the switch panel by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screw aside with the switch panel.

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Remove Armrest Screw
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Armrest Screw Removed
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Pry Out Step Light
Remove the screw that was located under the armrest cover by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screw aside with the armrest cover.

Move to the bottom of the door panel and locate the courtesy step light housing.

Gently pry out the rear edge of the light housing.

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Push In Release Tab
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Light Housing Removed
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Bottom - Insert Pry Bar
Push in the release tab on the white plastic power plug before pulling it straight out of its socket.

Set the courtesy step light housing aside in a safe place.

Insert the pry bar tool in between the bottom edge of the door panel and the metal door frame.

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Pull Out Bottom Edge
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Release Pop Rivets
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Pop Rivet - Top Inner
Firmly pull out the bottom edge of the door panel to release the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

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

Make sure that the pop rivet at the very top inner corner of the door panel has been released.

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Lift Panel Off Frame
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Tilt Away Top Edge
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Two Metal Cables
Once all of the pop rivets have been released, you can carefully lift the plastic door panel up and off the lip at the top of the metal door frame.

Tilt the top edge of the door panel towards yourself and support the bottom edge with your legs.

Locate the two metal cables that operate the door opener handle and the door lock rocker switch.

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Door Handle & Lock
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Pull Out Plastic Bracket
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Lift Up Rear Edge
Gently pull the rear edge of the black plastic bracket out of the mount on the back side of the door panel.

Continue pulling out the rear edge of the bracket.

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Pull Out Door Handle
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Door Panel Removed
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Metal Door Frame
Pull the door opener handle out of the opening in the door panel.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

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Remove Stuck Pop Rivet
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Replace On Door Panel
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OEM Door Speaker
Check the metal door panel to see if any of the white plastic pop rivets remained attached.

Pull out the stuck pop rivets and replace them on the back side of the plastic door panel.

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



 

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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10mm or Phillips Screws
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4 Screws Removed
To remove the OEM door speaker, loosen the four screws in the counterclockwise direction with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.

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

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Push In Release Tab
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Remove Power Plug
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Pry Off OEM Speaker
Push in the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector before sliding it straight out of its socket.

You may need to gently pry the old speaker off the metal door frame.

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Old Speaker Removed
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Made In Vietnam
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Hold Panel Near Frame
I highly recommend applying some Dynamat sound deadener to the metal door frame and to the rear of the plastic door panel to help stop vibrations and rattles when you crank up the volume.

To replace the plastic door panel, hold it near the metal door frame.

Tilt the top edge of the door panel towards yourself.

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Re-Insert Door Handle
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Pop Bracket Into Mount
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Lower Panel On Frame
Re-insert the door opener handle through the opening in the plastic door panel.

Push down the rear edge of the black plastic bracket into the mount.

The bracket should click securely into place.

Lower the top of the plastic door panel down on to the lip at the top edge of the metal door frame.

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Push In Top Outer Rivet
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Push In Top Inner Rivet
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Plug Wire For Step Light
Line up the plastic pop rivets with their corresponding holes in the metal door frame.

Push in the pop rivet at the top outer corner and also the pop rivet at the top inner corner.

Pull the electrical connector and wire for the courtesy step light out of the opening in the bottom of the door panel.

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Switch Panel Plugs
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Line Up Pop Rivets
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Firmly Tap In Pop Rivets
Pull the two electrical connectors for the switch panel out of the opening in the middle of the panel.

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

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Plug In Step Light
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Re-Insert Wires First
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Pop In Light Housing
Push the power plug for the courtesy step light into its socket.

Re-insert the wires and front edge of the housing back into the door panel.

Gently snap in the retaining clip on the rear edge of the housing back into the panel.

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Replace Armrest Screw
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Switch Panel Screw
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Line Up Armrest Panel
Replace the screw that was located under the armrest by turning it in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Then replace the Phillips head screw that was located under the switch panel by turning it in the clockwise direction.

Line up the armrest cover with the door panel.

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Re-Insert Plastic Triangle
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Lower Armrest Cover
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Push Down Secure Clips
Re-insert the plastic triangle piece into its slot on the door panel.

Lower the armrest cover back down into place.

Push on the armrest cover to secure the retaining clips.

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Push In Power Plugs
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Re-Insert Hook At Front
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Lower Rear of Panel
Push the two electrical connectors straight into their sockets on the underside of the switch panel.

The plugs should "click" securely into place.

Re-insert the hook at the front edge of the switch panel back into the door panel first.

Then lower the rear edge of the switch panel.

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Switch Panel Secured
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Replace Door Handle Screw
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Pop In Trim Cover
Push down on the switch panel to secure the retaining clips.

Replace the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Push the plastic trim piece back into place behind the door opener handle.

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Line Up Sail Panel
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Push To Secure Pop Rivet
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Door Panel Replaced
Line up the sail panel at the top inner corner of the door panel.

Push the sail panel back into place to secure the pop rivet friction fastener.

(If the sail panel contains a tweeter speaker, be sure to replace the electrical connector.)

Sit inside the car, close the door and verify that the door opener handle, door lock rocker switch, power window switch, power door lock switch and speaker all work properly.

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

For more, check out all of my 2018-2022 Toyota Camry DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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