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Jeep Wrangler Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a fourth generation JL 2018 to 2023 Jeep Wrangler SUV.

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2020 Wrangler Door Panel
Door Opener Handle
Plastic Trim Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the "JL" fourth generation (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023) Jeep Wrangler SUV in taking off the plastic interior door panels in order to install door speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or replace a broken power window motor.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge and RAM vehicles such as the Grand Cherokee, Compass, Renegade, Gladiator, Cherokee, Grand Wagoneer, Wagoneer, Charger, Challenger, Durango, RAM 1500, Promaster, 2500 and 3500 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a small flat head screwdriver such as from a precision screwdriver set, a plastic pry bar tool, a Torx T30 star bit screwdriver, a Torx T20 screwdriver and needle nose pliers.

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

Locate the small black plastic trim piece situated behind the door opener handle.


Insert Flat Head - Pry Out
Trim Piece Removed
Loosen Counterclockwise
Insert a small flat head screwdriver into the notch at the top of the plastic trim cover.

Gently pry out the trim cover and set it aside in a safe place.

Loosen the single bolt behind the door opener handle by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with a Torx T-30 star bit screwdriver.

Torx T-30 Removed
Bolts Under Armrest
Loosen Counterclockwise
Set the Torx T30 bolt aside in a safe place.

Move to below the door pull handle and locate the two T30 bolts.

Remove the two T-30 bolts by turning them in the counterclockwise direction.

Two T30 Bolts Removed
Bottom Edge - T20
Loosen Counterclockwise
Set the two Torx T30 bolts from below the armrest aside in a safe place.

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

Remove the two screws at the bottom edge by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with a Torx T-20 screwdriver.

3 Bolts & 2 Screws
Pry Out Bottom Edge
Loosen Side Pop Rivet
Set the two T20 bolts aside in a safe place.

At this point, you should have removed one plastic trim cover, three large T30 bolts and two smaller T20 screws.

Insert a plastic pry bar tool in between the door panel and the metal door frame.

Firmly but carefully pull out the bottom edge and both sides to release the pop rivet friction fasteners.

Loosen Outer Edge
Pop Rivets Released
Lift Panel Off Frame
Once all the pop rivets have been released, carefully lift the plastic door panel up and off the top of the metal door frame.
Tilt Away Top Edge
Lock & Handle Cables
Pull Out Black Collar
Tilt the top edge of the plastic door panel away from the metal door frame.

There are two metal cables on the back side of the door panel that operate the door opener handle and the door lock rocker switch.

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

Lift the black plastic collar out of the bracket, swing the cable away from the door panel and lift the metal cylinder out of its socket.

Lift Out Metal Cylinder
Door Lock Cable
Squeeze Two Prongs
To release the white plastic collar from the bracket, you'll need to use a pair of needle nose pliers.

Pinch the two white plastic prongs together with the needle nose pliers with one hand.

Use your other hand to slide the white plastic collar out of the bracket.

Pull Out White Collar
Swing Out Cable
Lift Out Metal Cylinder
Swing the cable out and away from the door panel.

Lift the metal cylinder out of its socket.

Wire Harness
Slide Back Red Lock Tab
Push In Release Tab
Locate the wire harness and the black electrical connector.

Slide the red locking tab back away from the electrical connector.

Push in the release tab and slide the power plug out of its socket.

Disconnect Power Plug
Door Panel Removed
Metal Door Frame
Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

The silver metal power window motor is now easily visible.

If you'd like to add some soundproofing material to the door frame, I recommend using Dynamat or Kilmat sound deadener.

Pull Out Stuck Pop Rivet
Pop Rivet Removed
Reattach Fastener To Panel
Check the door frame to see if any of the black plastic pop rivets are stuck in place.

Pry them out with a pop rivet removal tool and reattach them to the back side of the plastic door panel.

Push In Power Plug
Slide In Red Lock Tab
Lower In Metal Cylinder
Once you are done adding soundproofing, fixing an electrical switch or replacing the power window motor, hold the door panel near the door frame.

Push the black plastic electrical connector into its socket.

Slide the red plastic lock tab in towards the electrical connector.

Lower the metal cylinder for the door opener handle cable (white plastic collar) into the lower socket.

Pop In White Prongs
Lower In Metal Cylinder
Secure Black Plastic Collar
Push the white plastic collar into the back side of the bracket until the two prongs are secured in place.

Lower the metal cylinder for the door lock rocker switch (black plastic collar) into the upper socket.

Pop the black plastic collar into the upper slot in the bracket.

Lower Panel On Frame
Push Down Top Edge
Line Up Pop Rivets
Carefully lower the top of the plastic door panel on to the upper lip of the metal door frame.

Push down on the top edge of the door panel to secure it in place.

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

Firmly Tap In Fasteners
Replace Bottom Screws
Tighten Clockwise
Firmly tap in the pop rivet friction fasteners all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Replace the two screws on the bottom edge by turning them in the clockwise direction with the Torx T20 screwdriver until they are snug.

Armrest T30 Bolts
Tighten Clockwise
Replace Door Handle Bolt
Then replace the two bolts located below the armrest by turning them in the clockwise direction with the Torx T30 screwdriver until they are snug.

Replace the bolt behind the door opener handle by turning it in the clockwise direction with the T30 screwdriver.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws or bolts to prevent from damaging the plastic door panel.

Push In Trim Cover
Trim Piece Secured
Door Panel Replaced
Gently pop in the plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle.

Sit inside the vehicle and close the door.

Verify that the door opener handle, door lock rocker switch, power window switch and power door lock switch are still all working properly.

Be sure to write down any repair procedure that you performed in your car's service records.

For more, please check out all of my 2018-2023 Jeep Wrangler DIY Maintenance Guides.

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