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Ford Flex Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 2009 to 2019 Ford Flex in order to upgrade the speakers.

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2019 Flex Door Panel
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Door Opener Handle
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Pry Out Trim Piece
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) Ford Flex crossover SUV in removing the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM door speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or replace a broken power window motor or regulator.

Owners of other Ford or Lincoln vehicle such as the Explorer, Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, C-Max, Mustang, Taurus, EcoSport, Escape, Edge, Expedition, Transit Connect, F-150, Ranger, MKZ, MKC, Navigator, MKX and Continental may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a plastic pry bar tool, a flathead screwdriver, a 10mm socket with a short extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratchet and a Phillips head screwdriver.

In order to remove the OEM door speaker, you'll need a 1/4" socket and an extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratchet.



 

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Trim Cover Removed
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Silver Bolt Exposed
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Door Pull Handle
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and fully open the door.

Move to the chrome silver door opener handle near the power door lock button.

Gently pry out the black plastic trim piece located behind the door opener handle with a plastic pry bar tool.

Set the trim piece aside in a safe place. Once the trim piece is out of the way, you'll be able to see a silver bolt head.

Next, move to the middle of the armrest by the door pull handle.

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Pry Out Rectangular Cover
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Bolt Cover Removed
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Pry Out Red Reflector
Pry out the rectangular shaped trim cover located at the middle of the armrest below the door pull handle.

There are two notches on the top edge of the cover. You may need to pry at both notches to remove the cover.

Set the cover aside in a safe place.

Move to the outer edge of the door panel and locate the red plastic reflector.

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Plastic Reflector Removed
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Silver Bolt Removed
Gently pry out the top edge of the red plastic reflector and set it aside in a safe place.

Remove silver metal bolt located behind the door opener handle by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with a 10mm socket, an extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Set the bolt aside with its trim cover.

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Remove Armrest Bolt
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Black Bolt Removed
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Outer Edge Screw
Remove the bolt in the middle of the armrest by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Set the black metal bolt aside with the armrest trim cover.

Remove the screw on the outer edge of the door panel that was hidden by the red plastic reflector by turning it in the counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screw aside with the red plastic reflector.

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Two Bolts, One Screw
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Rubber Bumper Screw
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Remove Counterclockwise
Remove the screw that has a rubber bumper attached to it at the outer middle area of the door panel in the counterclockwise direction.
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Bottom Edge Screws
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Below Speaker Grille
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Inner Edge Screws
Remove the two Phillips head screws on the bottom edge of the door panel in the counterclockwise direction.

Remove the two screws on the inner edge of the door panel.

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Top Inner Screw
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Five Screws Removed
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Lift Off Door Frame
Set the five Phillips head screws aside with the other fasteners.

At this point, you should have removed three plastic pieces, two bolts and six Phillips head screws.

Carefully lift the door panel off the top edge of the metal door frame.

You will still need to disconnect the pop rivet behind the triangular shaped sail panel at the top inner corner.

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Sail Panel Pop Rivet
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Tilt Away Top Edge
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Door Handle Cable
Gently pull out the sail panel at the top inner corner of the door panel and release the pop rivet friction fastener.

Tilt the top edge of the door panel towards yourself.

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Squeeze Blue Prongs
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Pull Out Plastic Collar
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Lift Out Metal Cylinder
There are two prongs on the blue plastic collar near the end of the cable for the door opener handle mechanism.

Squeeze the two prongs or "barbs" together with some needle nose pliers.

Pull the blue plastic collar out of the bracket and swing out the metal cable.

Lift the metal cylinder at the end of the cable out of its socket in the rear of the door opener handle.

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Push In Release Tab
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Remove Power Plugs
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Door Panel Removed
On this front passenger door panel, there are two electrical connectors.

Push in the release tab on small black plastic power plug for the door lock switch before pulling it straight out of its socket.

Push in the release button on the white plastic connector for the switch panel before sliding it out of its socket.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.



 

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Metal Door Frame
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Loosen Speaker Screws
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Line Up Two Lower Hooks
The OEM front door speaker is located at the bottom inner corner of the metal door frame.

The OEM speaker can be replaced with aftermarket car speakers in the following sizes: 5 1/4" (5.25"), 5" x 7" and 6" x 8".

To remove the old speaker, loosen the four screws in the counterclockwise direction with a 1/4" socket and a ratchet.

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

To replace the plastic door panel, hold it near the door frame and tilt the top edge towards yourself.

Lower the two black plastic hooks at the bottom of the door panel on to the bottom of the frame for support.

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Push In Black Power Plug
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Replace Grey Plug
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Lower Cylinder In Socket
Replace the small black plastic electrical connector by pushing it into the socket. It should click securely into place.

Push the grey plastic power plug straight into its socket.

Lower the metal cylinder at the end of the door opener cable into its socket.

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Push In Blue Prongs
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Sail Panel Pop Rivet
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Pull Out Door Lock Stalk
Push the blue plastic collar into the bracket until the two prongs pop into place.

Line up the pop rivet fastener behind the sail panel at the top inner corner of the door panel with the hole in the metal door frame near the side view mirror.

Pull the door lock stalk through the hole at the top outer corner of the door panel.

Push the sail panel pop rivet into place.

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Lower Panel On Frame
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Replace Top Inner Screw
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Inner Middle Screw
Lower the top of the door panel on to the upper lip of the metal door frame.

Replace the two screws on the inner edge of the door panel by turning them in the clockwise direction with a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Bottom Inner Screw
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Bottom Middle Screw
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Bottom Outer Screw
Replace the two screws on the bottom edge of the door panel.

Replace the screw with the rubber bump to the bottom outer corner of the door panel.

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Top Outer Edge Screw
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Red Plastic Reflector
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Gently Pop In Reflector
Replace the screw on the outer edge of the door panel.

Gently push the red plastic reflector back into place.

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Black Armrest Bolt
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Tighten Clockwise
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Armrest Bolt Cover
Replace the black metal bolt into the middle of the armrest by turning it in the clockwise direction with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.
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Pop In Trim Cover
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Silver Door Handle Bolt
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Tighten Clockwise
Push the trim cover back into place.

Replace the silver bolt behind the door opener handle by turning it in the clockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

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Re-Insert Trim Piece
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Snap Cover In Place
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Door Panel Replaced
Pop the plastic trim piece back into place behind the door opener handle.

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

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

Please check out all of my Ford Flex DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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