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GMC Terrain Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels and upgrade the speakers in 1st generation 2010-2016 GMC Terrain.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2016 Terrain Door Panel
Door Opener Handle
Pry Out Plastic Trim Piece
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) GMC Terrain in taking off the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speakers.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Cascada, Encore, Enclave, Envision, GMC Canyon, Sierra 1500, Acadia, Yukon, Denali, Savana, Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Corvette, SS, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado and Express may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to take off the door panel include a small flathead screwdriver, a 7mm socket, an 8mm socket and a large flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel pry bar tool.

The OEM door speaker is held in place by three 7mm screws.

Trim Panel Removed
Below Armrest
Pry Out Screw Cover
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and open the door.

Then gently pry out the plastic trim piece behind the chrome silver door opener handle with the small flathead screwdriver.

Set the plastic trim panel aside in a safe place.

Move to the opening below the arm rest and pry out the plastic screw cover with the small flathead screwdriver.

Screw Cover Removed
Remove 7mm Screw
7mm Screw Removed
Set the plastic screw cover aside in a safe place.

Remove the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it counterclockwise with a 7mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Set the 7mm screw aside in a safe place.

Remove Armrest Screws
8mm Screw Removed
2nd 8mm Screw Removed
Then remove the two screws located below the armrest by turning them counterclockwise with the 8mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Set the two 8mm screws aside in a safe place.

2 Plastic Pieces - 3 Screws
Pull Out Bottom Of Panel
Pop Rivets Removed
At this point, you should have removed two plastic trim pieces and three screws.

Insert a plastic automotive pry bar tool or a large flathead screwdriver 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.

Continue pulling out all of the pop rivet all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Lift Panel Off Frame
Tilt Away Top Edge
Door Opener Handle Cable
Lift the door panel up and off the top of the metal door frame.

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

Locate the door opener handle cable attached to the silver chrome and black plastic bracket.

Pry Up Plastic Clip
Pull Clip Off Bracket
Lift Ball Out of Socket
Gently pry up the black plastic clip near the end of the cable to release it from its mount.

Swing the cable away from the panel.

Lift the metal ball at the end of the cable out of its socket.

Electrical Connector
Switch Panel Power Plug
Push In Tabs To Unlock
To disconnect the large electrical connector for the switch panel, you'll first have to squeeze together the tabs to unlock the lever.


2nd Tab On Other Side
Squeeze Two Tabs To Release
Lift Up Lever To Unlock
Pinch together the two tabs near the "Unlocked Padlock" icons on the connector to unlock the lever.

Swing the tan plastic lever up to release the power plug.

Slide Out Connector
Plastic Door Panel Removed
Metal Door Frame
Slide the power plug straight out of its socket.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

7mm Speaker Screws
Remove Any Stuck Pop Rivets
Hold Panel Near Frame
The OEM door speaker is held in place by three 7mm screws.

If any of the grey plastic pop rivets are still attached to the metal door frame, pry them out with a pop rivet removal tool.

I recommend buying new speakers from Amazon since you can verify that they fit your SUV.

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

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

Door Opener Handle Cable
Insert Ball In Socket
Push Plastic Clip On Mount
Re-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 black plastic clip back in to place.

Electrical Connector
Slide In To Socket
Flip Lever - Lock Plug
Push the grey plastic electrical connector for the switch panel straight in to its socket.

Swing the tan plastic lever closed to secure the power plug in place.

Re-Insert Door Lock Stalk
Lower Panel On Frame
Line Up Plastic Pop Rivets
Lower the door panel on to the metal door frame and re-insert the door lock stalk in to its hole.

Make sure that the door panel is properly seated on the top edge of the door frame.

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

Firmly Tap In Fasteners
Replace 8mm Screw
Tighten Armrest Clockwise
Firmly tap in the friction fasteners all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Replace the two 8mm screws below the armrest by turning them clockwise with the 8mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Re-Insert Screw Cover
Plastic Trim Piece Replaced
Tighten 7mm Screw
Pop the plastic cover back in to place over the two 8mm screws.

Replace the 7mm screw behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise with the 7mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Re-Insert Trim Piece
Pop In Screw Cover
Door Panel Replaced
Snap in the plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle.

Sit inside the SUV, close the door and verify that the door opener handle, power door lock switch, door stalk and power window switch all still work properly.

For more, check out my other 2010-2016 GMC Terrain DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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