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Ford Taurus Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the interior door panels of a 6th generation 2010 to 2014 Ford Taurus to upgrade the OEM speakers.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2013 Taurus Door Panel
Pry Out Trim Piece
Trim Panel Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Ford Taurus sedan in removing the 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 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles with similar door panels such as the Fiesta, Fusion, Focus, C-Max, Mustang, Escape, Transit Connect, Explorer, Edge, Expedition, Flex, MKS, MKZ, MKT, MKX, Navigator, Milan, Grand Marquis, Mariner and Mountaineer may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to take off the door panels include a small flathead screwdriver, an 8mm socket, 10mm socket, 7mm socket, a 1/4" drive ratchet, a standard Phillips head screwdriver, a pair of needle nose pliers, and a standard sized flathead screwdriver or a panel removal tool.

To remove the OEM door speakers, you'll need a Torx T20 star bit screwdriver.

Pry Off Wood Grain Trim
Plastic Trim Bar Removed
Pry Up Rear of Switch Panel
The first step is to pull back the chrome door opener handle and pry out the rectangular trim piece behind it with a small flathead screwdriver.

Set the trim piece aside in a safe place.

Then move to the rear edge of the wood grain colored plastic trim bar near the top of the door panel and gently pry it out with the small flathead screwdriver.

Continue gently pulling off the wood grain trim bar to disengage the friction fasteners. Set the trim bar aside in a safe place.

Lift Out Switch Panel
Disconnect Power Plug
Remove Phillips Rubber Bumper
Pry out the rear edge of the switch panel on the arm rest with the small flathead screwdriver.

Lift out the rear of the switch panel first and then pull out the plastic tab on the front edge.

Press the release button on the electrical connector at the bottom of the switch panel and slide it straight out of the socket.

Set the switch panel aside in a safe place.

Move to the outer edge of the panel near the bottom and remove the screw attached to a rubber bumper piece by turning it counter clockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Phillips Screw - Under Trim Bar
Remove 8mm Screw - Top Inner
8mm Screw Removed
Move to the upper outer section of the door panel and remove the Phillips head screw inside the hole where the wood grain trim bar previously installed.

Then move to the other side of where the wood grain trim bar was installed by the top inner section of the door panel just above the door pull handle and remove the screw with an 8mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Remove 10mm Screw
10mm Door Opener Handle Screw
10mm Arm Rest Screw
Remove the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it counter clockwise with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Remove the screw in the arm rest below where the switch panel was installed by turning it counter clockwise with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Set the two screws aside on or near their respective trim panels.

Arm Rest Screw Removed
Two 7mm Screws - Bottom
Remove Bottom Edge Screws
Move to the bottom edge of the door panel and remove the two small screws by turning them counter clockwise with the 7mm socket and ratcheting wrench.
2nd 7mm Screw Removed
Pry Off Sail Panel
Sail Panel Removed
Set the two 7mm screws aside in a safe place.

Move to the top inner section of the door panel and gently pry off the sail panel with the small flathead screwdriver.

On some models the sail panel may contain a tweeter speaker with a power plug that will need to be disconnected.

7 Screws & 4 Trim Panels
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
Pull Out Pop Rivet Friction Fasteners
At this point, you should have removed 4 trim panels and 7 screws.

The list of screws that should have been removed are as follows: one 8mm, two 10mm, two Phillips head and two 7mm screws.

Insert a large flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel removal tool in between the bottom edge of the door panel and the metal door frame.

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

Lift Door Panel Off Frame
Tilt Away Top Door Panel
Disconnect Power Plug
Continue pulling out the white plastic pop rivet friction fasteners all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Lift the door panel up and off the door frame.

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

Press the release button on the small power connector and slide it straight out of the socket.

Press Tab - Release Connector
Door Opener Handle Cable
Squeeze Together Two Prongs
Press the release button on the light grey plastic electrical connector and slide it straight out of the socket.

To release the door opener cable, first squeeze together the two prongs on the yellow plastic collar and pull the collar out of the mounting bracket.


Pull Out Yellow Plastic Collar
Swing Out Cable
Lift Metal Piece Out of Socket
Swing the cable away from yourself and lift the metal cylinder at the end out of its socket.
Plastic Door Panel Removed
Metal Door Frame
Remove Speaker Screws
Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

To replace the OEM door speaker, remove the four screws with a Torx T20 star bit screwdriver.

Torx T-20 Screwdriver
Four Torx T20 Screws
Pull Out OEM Speaker
Set the four screws aside in a safe place.

Pull the old speaker out of the door panel and press the release tab to disconnect the power plug.

According to Crutchfield, the aftermarket speakers that will fit in to the front doors are as follows: 5 1/4" (5.25"), 5"x7", 6"x8" and 4"x6".

I'd recommend buying new speakers from Crutchfield since they usually include any necessary wiring adapters or mounting brackets.

To get the best sound possible from your new speakers, apply some Dynamat Sound Deadener to the metal door frame. It will help reduce road noise and also prevent vibrations or rattles when you crank up the volume.

Disconnect Power Plug
Replace Panel - Hold Near Frame
Push In Power Plug
To replace the door panel, hold it near the door frame and tilt the top towards yourself while supporting the bottom with your thighs.

Push the light grey power plug in to its socket.

Replace Electrical Connector
Pull Switch Panel Plug Out
Lower Metal Bar In Socket
Push the small black and red plastic power plug straight in to its socket.

Pull the small black plastic power plug for the switch panel through the hole in the arm rest.

Swing Cable Towards Bracket
Push Yellow Collar In Bracket
Re-Insert Door Lock Stalk
Lower the metal cylinder at the end of the door opener cable in to the socket.

Swing the cable towards the door panel and push the yellow plastic collar in to the bracket.

Hang the top of the plastic door panel on to the upper lip on the metal door frame.

Be sure to re-insert the door lock stalk in to its corresponding hole near the outer edge of the door panel.

Line Up Peg & Pop Rivets
Push In Friction Fasteners
Replace 8mm Screw
Line up the plastic peg and pop rivet friction fasteners on the rear of the door panel.

Tap the door panel all along the bottom edge and two sides to push in the pop rivet friction fasteners.

Replace the 8mm screw near the top inner area of the door panel that was hidden by the wood grain trim bar. Turn it clockwise with the 8mm socket and ratcheting wrench to tighten it.

Replace 10mm Screw
Arm Rest - 10mm Screw
Push In Switch Panel Plug
Replace the 10mm screw behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise.

Replace the 10mm screw in the arm rest below the switch panel by turning it clockwise.

Push the power plug in to the socket at the bottom of the switch panel.

Insert Hook At Front End First
Push Down Rear of Panel
Replace 7mm Screws
Insert the hook at the front edge of the switch panel in to the arm rest first.

Push down the rear edge of the switch panel to secure the friction fastener.

7mm Screws - Bottom Edge
Replace Phillips Screw
Screw Behind Trim Bar
Replace the two screws at the bottom edge of the door panel by turning them clockwise with the 7mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Replace the Phillips head screw at the upper outer corner of the door panel under where the wood grain trim bar will be re-installed.

Replace Rubber Bumper Screw
Line Up Wood Grain Trim Bar
Insert Tab At Front Edge First
Replace the rubber bumper Phillips head screw near the outer middle edge of the door panel.

Insert the tab at the front edge of the wood grain trim bar in to place first.

Line Up Friction Fasteners
Push On Trim Bar
Replace Trim Piece
Gently push in the friction fasteners on the rear of the wood grain trim bar to secure it in place.

Snap in the trim piece behind the door opener handle.

Door Opener Handle Trim
Push On Sail Panel
Door Panel Replaced
Push the sail panel back in to place at the top inner corner of the door panel.

(If your Taurus is equipped with tweeter speakers, be sure to reconnect the power plug.)

Sit inside the vehicle, close the door, and check that the door opener handle, power door lock switch and power window switch still work properly.

For more, please check out my other Ford Taurus DIY Repair Guides.

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