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Mazda CX-9 Front Door Panel Removal Guide
How to remove the front door panel of a Mazda CX-9 to add soundproofing, replace the speaker or the window motor.

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Front Door Interior Panel
Door Handle & Lock
Pry Out Cover Behind Handle
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 1st generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV in removing the front interior door panel in order to add soundproofing, replace the front speaker, or replace the power window motor.

Owners of other Mazda vehicles such as the MAZDA2, MAZDA3, MAZDA6, MX-5 Miata, RX-8, MAZDASPEED3, MAZDA5, Tribute SUV, and CX-7 crossover may also find this guide to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the interior door panels of a Mazda CX-9 include a small flathead screwdriver, a standard Phillips head screwdriver, a 10mm socket with an extension bar, a ratcheting wrench and either an automotive panel pry bar tool or a large flathead screwdriver.

The OEM front door and rear door speakers are 6" x 8" but 5 1/4" speakers will also fit with an adapter bracket.

Door Handle Screw Cover
Remove Door Handle Screw
Pry Off Side View Mirror Panel
The first step is to use a small flathead screwdriver to remove the rectangular trim piece below the door handle that hides a Phillip head screw.

Remove the screw with a standard Phillip head screwdriver and set it aside in a safe place.

Side Mirror Access Panel
Side View Mirror Power
Pry Off Arm Rest Side Cover
Next gently pry off the triangular trim piece just above the front top part of the interior door panel that covers the side view mirror power connector and it's fastening bolt.

In some vehicles, this plastic trim piece would house the tweeter speaker.

Pulling Off Armrest Trim
Two 10mm Bolts Exposed
Loosen 10mm Armrest Bolts
Use the small flathead screwdriver to pry off the long rectangular trim piece on the side of the armrest.

Behind the trim piece on the side of the armrest, you'll see two 10mm screws.

Remove them with a 10mm socket and extension piece on a ratcheting wrench.

Two 10mm Bolts Removed
Gently Pull Off Door Panel
Releasing Door Fasteners
Insert either an automotive panel removal tool or a large flathead screwdriver in between the bottom edge of the door panel and the metal door frame.

Then gently pull the lower part of the door panel away from the door frame to release the plastic friction or "Christmas Tree" fasteners.

Don't pull too hard since there are several power connectors that need to be released along with the door handle and lock switch cables.

Power Wires & Door Cables
Release Lock & Handle Cables
Remove Power Connectors
Release the cables for the door handle and door lock switch by popping out the plastic section, rotating the cable towards the door frame, and lifting the small metal hook out of the door panel.
Power Door Locks Connector
Remove Courtesy Light Bulb
Push Bulb Socket Out
Remove the electrical connector for the power door lock switch by pushing on the release tab and sliding it out of the socket.

Remove the courtesy light bulb cover, remove the bulb, and push the bulb socket back through the rear of the door panel.

Power Window Connector
CX-9 Door Panel Removed
Stock OEM 6X8 Speaker
Push the release tab on the power window switch electrical connector and pull it out of the socket.


Remove Phillips Screws
Pry Off Old Speaker
OEM Speaker Removed
To remove the OEM 6x8 speaker, unscrew the four Phillips head screws and gently pry it off the door panel.

I recommend buying new aftermarket speakers from Amazon since you can verify that the speakers will fit your car and whether or not you will need a mounting bracket.

Push the release tab on the light grey speaker power connector and pull it off the rear of the speaker.

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

Release Speaker Power Connector
6X8 Speaker Hole
Power Window Motor
The power window motor is located just above the speaker and closer to the center of the door panel.
Release Power Connector
Window Motor Connector Out
Three 10mm Bolts
Use the small flathead screwdriver to depress the release tab on the power window motor electrical connector before pulling it out of the socket.

Remove the old power window motor by loosening the three 10mm screws with the socket and ratcheting wrench.

Remove Power Window Motor
3 Long 10mm Screws
Window Motor Mounting Point
Try to avoid pushing on the round white plastic piece located behind the power window motor.

It might move out of place and the new window motor will be harder to install.

If necessary, remove a few of the 10mm screws on the black inner door panel and hold the round white plastic power window cable reel in place from the other side while you push on the new power window motor.

Install New Window Motor
Tighten 3 10mm Screws
Re-Insert Power Connector
New Window Motor Installed
Line Up Door Panel
Re-Attach Handle & Lock Cables
Once you're done adding soundproofing material, replacing the OEM speaker, or replacing the power window motor, you can gently lower the panel back on to the door frame.
Lower Panel On To Door
Line Up Friction Fasteners
Push Plastic Fasteners In
Snap the courtesy light bulb socket back into the bottom of the door panel, push in the power window motor switch electrical connector, push in the power door lock electrical connector and replace the door handle / lock cables.

Move to the bottom of the door panel and line up the white plastic friction or "Xmas Tree" fasteners with the holes on the door frame before pushing them together.

Replace Courtesy Light Bulb
Replace Courtesy Light Cover
Tighten 10mm Armrest Screw
Push the courtesy light bulb back into the socket and replace the clear plastic cover.
2nd 10mm Armrest Screw
Line Up Armrest Trim Piece
Snap Armrest Cover In Place
Tighten the two 10mm screws into the side of the armrest. I found it easier to replace the 2nd 10mm screw in the deep well by using painter's tape to secure it to the socket on an extension bar.

Snap the trim piece on the side of the armrest back into place.

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Tighten Door Handle Screw
Replace Door Handle Screw Cover
Replace the Phillips head screw behind the door handle and snap the rectangular cover back into place.
Screw Cover In Place
Replace Upper Trim Piece
Side Mirror Access Panel In Place
The last step is to pop the side mirror access panel back into place.

For more, check out my Mazda CX-9 Repair & Maintenance Guides page.

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