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Ford F-150 Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the interior door panels of a 12th generation 2009 to 2014 Ford F150 with photo illustrated instructions.

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2013 F-150 Door Panel
Door Pull Well Screw Cover
Screw Cover Removed
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 12th generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Ford F-150 truck in removing the interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speaker, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty switch, replace a power window motor or replace a broken side view mirror assembly.

Owners of other F-Series trucks or other Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles such as the Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450, Expedition, Explorer, Edge, Escape, E-150, E-250, E-350, Transit Connect, Flex, MKX, MKT, Navigator and Mountaineer may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to take off the door panel include a small flathead screwdriver, an 8mm socket, 6mm socket, ratcheting wrench and a pair of needle nose pliers.

Removing the speaker requires a 5.5mm socket.

To remove the side view mirror you'll need an 11mm deep well socket.

Cover Behind Door Handle
Trim Piece Removed
Remove 8mm Bolt
The front interior door panels of a 12th generation Ford F150 are held in place to the door frame by two bolts, two screws, and a few plastic hooks.

Use a small flathead screwdriver to pry out the small square cover in the door pull well and the rectangular trim piece behind the door opener handle.

Door Handle Screw Removed
Remove 8mm Bolt
Door Pull Well Bolt
Remove the two bolts by turning them counter clockwise with an 8mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Set the two bolts aside in a safe place on top or next to their corresponding trim pieces. This way you will remember to re-install each bolt in the correct location.

2 Bottom Edge Screws
6mm Screws On Bottom
Loosen 2nd 6mm Screw
Remove the two screws on the bottom edge of the door panel with a 6mm socket and ratcheting wrench.
6mm Screw Removed
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2 Covers, 2 Bolts, 2 Screws
Set the two 6mm screws aside with the other bolts and trim panels.
Lift Door Panel Up
Lean Panel Towards You
Press Release Buttons
Grab the arm rest and lift the door panel straight up to disengage the plastic hooks on the back side.

Lean the top of the door panel towards yourself while supporting the bottom with your thighs.

Press the release tabs on the electrical connectors for the power window and door lock switches before sliding them straight out of their sockets.

Power Connectors Removed
Door Opener Cable
Squeeze Prongs Together
Use a pair of needle nose pliers to squeeze together the two prongs on the door opener cable's plastic collar.

While holding the two prongs together with the needle nose pliers, pull the plastic collar out of the bracket.


Plastic Collar Released
Metal Ball Out of Socket
Pull Away Door Panel
Swing the door opener cable away from the panel and lift the metal ball at the end out of its socket.
Door Panel Removed
Metal Door Frame
OEM Door Speaker
The plastic door panel can now be removed and set aside in safe place.
Remove 5.5mm Screws
4 5.5mm Screws Removed
Door Speaker Removed
To remove the OEM door speaker, you'll need a 5.5mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

The OEM front and rear door speakers can be replaced with 5 1/4" (5.25"), 5"x7", 6"x8", and 4"x6" inch aftermarket speakers.

I'd recommend purchasing speakers from Crutchfield since they usually include any necessary power plug adapters or installation brackets.

To help reduce road noise and make your new speakers sound better, apply some Dynamat Sound Deadener to the metal door frame. It will stop vibrations and rattles when you crank up the volume.

Remove Power Plug
11mm Side View Mirror Nuts
Plastic Hooks On Panel
The side view mirror is held in place by three 11mm nuts. To remove them, you'll need a deep well 11mm socket and ratcheting wrench.
Plastic Hooks On Bottom
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Door Opener Cable
To re-install the door panel, hold it near the door frame and support the bottom with your thighs.
Metal Ball In Socket
Insert Plastic Collar
Plastic Collar Snapped In
Insert the metal ball at the end of the door opener cable in to its socket.

Swing the cable towards the bracket and push the plastic collar back in to place.

Window/Lock Plugs
Push In Power Connectors
Insert Door Lock Stalk
Push the power connectors for the window and door lock switches straight in to their sockets.

Insert the door lock stalk in to the hole at the top corner of the panel.

Line Up Plastic Hooks
Insert Hooks & Sockets
Tighten Lower 6mm Screws
Line up the plastic hooks on the back of the panel with their sockets.

Lower the door panel to secure the hooks in place.

Insert the two screws in to the bottom edge of the door panel. Tighten them with the 6mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

2 6mm Screws Replaced
Replace 8mm Handle Bolt
Insert 8mm Door Pull Bolt
Re-insert the silver bolt with no washer in to the hole behind the door opener handle and tighten it with the 8mm socket.

Re-insert the shorter bolt with washer attached in to the door pull well and tighten it with the 8mm socket.

Replace Plastic Screw Cover
Replace Trim Cover
Door Panel Replaced
Replace the plastic screw cover in to the door pull well and the trim piece behind the door opener handle.

For more, check out my other Ford F-150 Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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