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Hyundai Veloster Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 1st generation 2012-2017 Hyundai Veloster to upgrade the speakers.

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2017 Veloster Door Panel
Pry Off Sail Panel
Sail Panel Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) Hyundai Veloster in taking off 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 Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Elantra, Sonata, Azera, Santa Fe, Tucson, Accent, Ioniq, Genesis, Tiburon, ix20, i20, i30, i40, Veracruz, Optima, Cadenza, K900, Soul, Niro, Sportage, Sorento, Sedona, Rio, Forte and Spectra may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the interior door panels include a plastic pry bar tool, a flathead screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver, a 10mm socket with an extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

To remove the OEM door speakers, you'll need an electric drill with some small drill bits to drill out the metal rivets.

Door Opener Handle
Pry Out Trim Piece
Trim Cover Removed
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and then open the door.

Move to the top inner corner of the door panel and locate the triangular shaped sail panel.

Use the plastic pry bar tool to gently pull the sail panel off the door frame.

(On some Hyundai or Kia models, the sail panel may contain a tweeter speaker that will need to be disconnected.)

Set the sail panel aside in a safe place.

Pull the door opener handle out towards yourself and locate the black plastic trim piece behind it.

Use a small flathead screwdriver or the plastic pry bar tool to gently pry out the plastic trim cover located behind the door opener handle.

You'll notice that there is a Phillips head screw that was hidden by the trim cover.

Set the trim piece aside in a safe place.

Phillips Head Screw
Door Pull Handle
Small Notch - Bottom
Then move to the door pull handle near the center of the door panel.

Locate the small slot or notch near the bottom front corner of the plastic trim cover.

Insert Plastic Pry Bar Tool
Gently Pry Out Front Edge
Pop Off Plastic Cover
Insert the plastic pry bar tool in to the small notch and gently pry off the door pull handle cover.

You may need to re-insert the pry bar tool in several locations around the trim cover to fully separate it from the door panel.

Try to avoid using excessive force, the trim cover should pop off relatively easily.

Metal Door Pull Handle
Two Lower Silver Bolts
Front Edge - 3rd Bolt
Once the trim cover has been removed, you'll see a variety of bolts and screws.

Three of the silver metal bolts need to remove in order to release the door panel from the door frame.

Two of the bolts are near the bottom of the door pull handle in black plastic recessed holes.

The third bolt is in a silver metal recessed well in between two black metal Phillips head screws.

I'm pointing to the bolts in Picture # 14 and Picture # 15 located in the row of pictures above.

Loosen Counterclockwise
10mm Bolt Removed
Loosen Counterclockwise
Loosen the three bolts by turning them counterclockwise with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.
2nd Bottom Bolt Removed
Loosen 3rd Bolt
Third Bolt Removed
Set the three 10mm bolts aside in a safe place.
Loosen Counterclockwise
Phillips Head Screw Removed
1 Screw, 3 Bolts - 3 Pieces
Then move to the door opener handle area and remove the small black metal screw by turning it counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the Phillips head screw aside with the other fasteners.

At this point, you should have removed three 10mm bolts, one Phillips head screw, the sail panel, the door pull handle trim cover and the small plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle.

Notch - Bottom Edge
Pull Out Bottom Edge
Release Plastic Pop Rivets
Move to the bottom edge of the door panel and locate the small notch or slot.

Insert the plastic pry bar tool or a large flathead screwdriver in to the opening.

Firmly pull out the bottom edge of the door panel to release the pop rivets.

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

Lift Door Panel Off Frame
White Plastic Power Plug
Push Release Tab - Remove
Gently lift the plastic door panel up and off the upper lip of the metal door frame.

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

Locate the small white plastic electrical connector for the tweeter speaker.

Push in the release tab and slide power plug straight out of its socket.


Door Handle & Lock Cables
Push In Release Tab
Lift Off Cables Bracket
Locate the black plastic bracket that holds the two cables for the door opener handle and the door lock rocker switch.

Gently push in the small black plastic release tab near the rear edge of the bracket and lift up the bracket.

Remove the cables bracket from its mounting location on the back side of the door panel.

Switch Panel Connector
Disconnect Power Plug
Pop Rivet Stuck In Frame
Locate the larger white plastic electrical connector on the underside of the switch panel.

Push in the release tab before sliding the power plug straight out of its socket.

Now you can fully separate the plastic door panel away from the metal door frame.

Look on the metal door frame and locate any plastic pop rivets that may have remained stuck in place.

Pop Rivet Removal Tool
Re-Attach To Door Panel
Plastic Door Panel Removed
If any of the fasteners are still stuck to the metal door frame, use a pop rivet removal tool or something similar such as a pair of pliers or a large flathead screwdriver to gently pry it out.

Re-attach any pop rivets that you removed from the door frame back in to their proper position on the plastic door panel.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

OEM Door Speaker
Carefully Drill Out Rivets
Hold Panel Near Frame
In order to remove the OEM door speaker, you'll need to remove the four metal rivets by drilling them out.

Use an electric drill and a small and relatively short drill bit.

Drill slowly to prevent from punching through and causing damage to the outer metal door panel.

The OEM front door speakers can be replaced with aftermarket speakers in the following sizes: 5 1/4" (5.25") and 6 1/2" (6.5").

To help your new speakers sound their best, I highly recommend applying some Dynamat Sound Deadener to the metal door frame. It will help stop any vibrations or rattles when you really crank up the volume.

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

Push In Switch Panel Plug
Power Plug Secured
Small White Power Plug
Push the large white plastic electrical connector straight in to the socket on the underside of the switch panel.

Then push the small white plastic power plug in to the socket on the backside of the tweeter speaker.

Lower In Cables Bracket
Push Down To Secure
Cables Bracket Secured
Line up the plastic bracket for the two cable in to the mount on the back side of the door panel.

Push down the rear edge of the bracket until it clicks securely in to place.

Lower Panel On Frame
Line Up Pop Rivets
Firmly Tap In Fasteners
Gently lower the top of the plastic door panel on to the upper lip on the metal door frame.

Line up the plastic pop rivets with their corresponding holes in door frame.

Firmly tap in the pop rivet friction fasteners all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Phillips Head Screw
Tighten Clockwise
Replace Trim Piece
Replace the small black metal screw behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Re-insert the plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle and snap it back in to place.

Replace Bolts
Tighten Clockwise
3rd Silver Bolt
Replace the three bolts on the door pull handle by turning them clockwise with the 10mm socket and 1/4 drive ratchet until they are snug.
Line Up Plastic Cover
Push On Plastic Cover
Snap In Fasteners
Line up the plastic trim cover over the metal door pull handle at the center of the armrest.

Gently push on the trim cover to secure the friction fasteners in place.

Make sure that the door pull handle trim cover is flush with the rear part of the assembly at every corner.

Line Up Sail Panel
Sail Panel Replaced
Door Panel Replaced
Line up the triangle shaped sail panel and push it back in to place.

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

For more, check out all of my 2012-2017 Hyundai Veloster DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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