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Dodge Avenger Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 2011 to 2014 Dodge Avenger sedan to upgrade the OEM speakers.

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2012 Avenger Door Panel
Trim Behind Door Handle
Pry Out With Screwdriver
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the updated (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) Dodge Avenger sedan in removing 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 Chrysler Group vehicles with similar door panels such as the Dart, Challenger, Durango, Charger, Grand Caravan, 200, 300, RAM C/V Tradesman, Jeep Patriot, Compass and Cherokee may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a small flathead screwdriver, a Torx T20 star bit screwdriver, a large flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel removal tool and a pair of needle nose pliers.

To remove the power window motor, you'll need a Torx T30 screwdriver.

Trim Piece Removed
Armrest Door Pull Handle
Pry Out Plastic Trim Piece
The first two steps are to lower the window all the way down and open the door.

Gently pry out the plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle with the small flathead screwdriver.

Then pry out the rectangular plastic trim panel at the bottom of the door pull well in the arm rest with the small flathead screwdriver.

Set the two trim panels aside in a safe place.

Screws Under Trim Panel
Remove Door Handle Screw
Torx T20 Screw Removed
Remove the single screw behind the door opener handle by turning it counter clockwise with the Torx T-20 star bit screwdriver.

Set the screw aside next to the trim piece.

Remove Arm Rest Screws
Two T20 Screws Removed
Sail Panel - Top Inner Corner
Remove the two screws at the bottom of the door pull well in the armrest by turning them counter clockwise with the Torx T20 screwdriver.

Set the two screws aside with the trim panel.

Pry Off With Screwdriver
Sail Panel Removed
3 Screws & 3 Plastic Panels
Then move to the top inner corner of the door panel and gently pry off the black plastic sail panel with a flathead screwdriver.

On some models, the sail panel may also contain a tweeter speaker that will need to be unplugged.

Set the sail panel aside with the other pieces.

Insert Flathead Screwdriver
Pull Out Pop Rivet Fasteners
Release All Friction Fasteners
Move to the bottom edge of the door panel and insert a flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel removal tool.

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

Continue pulling out the friction fasteners all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Lift Panel Off Door Frame
Door Opener Handle Cable
Cable Attached To Bracket
Lift the door panel up off the frame and tilt the top towards yourself while supporting the bottom with your thighs.


Squeeze Together 2 Prongs
Pull Out White Plastic Collar
Pull Off Plastic "C" Collar
To release the door opener handle cable, you'll first have to squeeze together the two prongs on the white plastic collar with a pair of needle nose pliers.

Pull the white plastic collar out of the bracket and swing the cable away from the door panel.

Pop the metal bar at the end of the cable out of the light tan "C" shaped plastic collar.

Pull Out Metal Bar
Press Release Button
Pull Out Power Plug
Pull the metal bar down and out of the tan plastic piece.

Press the release button on the switch panel's light grey electrical connector and slide the plug straight out of its socket.

Plastic Door Panel Removed
Door Frame Exposed
OEM Speaker Screws
Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

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

Four T-20 Torx Screws
Pull Out OEM Speaker
Press Release Button
Remove the four screws holding the OEM door speaker in place by turning them counter clockwise with the Torx T-20 star bit screwdriver.

Pull the speaker out of the door frame and press the release button on the power plug before sliding it straight out of the socket.

Slide Out Electrical Connector
Window Motor Torx T30
Hold Panel Near Frame
The OEM door speakers can be replaced with aftermarket speakers in the following sizes: 5 1/4" (5.25") and 6 1/2" (6.5").

I'd recommend purchasing new speakers from Crutchfield since they usually provide any necessary wiring harnesses, electrical plug adaptors and mounting brackets.

To make your new speakers sound better and reduce road noise, I'd recommend applying Dynamat Sound Deadener to the metal door frame to stop vibrations and rattles.

The power window motor is held in place by three Torx T30 screws.

To replace the plastic door panel, hold it near the door frame and tilt the top towards yourself while supporting the bottom with your legs.

Push In Power Plug
Door Opener Handle Cable
Re-Insert Metal Bar
Push the power plug straight in to the socket on the underside of the switch panel until it clicks securely in to place.

Re-insert the metal bar at the end of the door opener handle cable in to the light grey plastic piece.

Snap Bar In To "C" Collar
Push In White Plastic Collar
Two Prongs In Place
Snap the metal bar in to the "C" collar on the light tan plastic piece.

Push the white plastic collar near the end of the cable in to the black plastic bracket until the two prongs are securely holding it in place.

Re-Insert Door Lock Stalk
Lower Door Panel On Frame
Line Up Plastic Pop Rivets
Re-insert the door lock stalk in to the hole at the top of the door panel.

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

Line up the white plastic pop rivet friction fasteners on the rear of the door panel with their corresponding holes in the metal door frame.

Tap Panel - Push In Fasteners
Line Up Sail Panel
Push On Sail Panel
Firmly tap on the door panel all along the bottom edge and both sides to re-insert the white plastic friction fasteners.

Line up the metal friction fastener on the rear of the sail panel and push it back in to place.

Replace Arm Rest Well Screws
Tighten Torx T20 Clockwise
Push In Plastic Panel
Replace the two screws at the bottom of the door pull well in the arm rest by turning them clockwise with the Torx T20 screwdriver.

Push in the rectangular plastic trim piece at the bottom of the door pull well to cover the screws.

Replace Door Handle Screw
Push In Plastic Trim Piece
Door Panel Replaced
Tighten the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise with the Torx T20 screwdriver.

Gently push in the plastic trim panel behind the door opener handle.

For more, check out my other Dodge Avenger Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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