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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panel and upgrade the speaker in a 3rd generation 2011-2017 Outlander Sport.

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2015 Outlander Sport Door Panel
Door Opener Handle
Pry Out Trim Piece
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in taking off the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speaker, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or replace a broken power window motor.

Owners of other Mitsubishi vehicles such as the Lancer, Outlander, Mirage, ASX, RVR, Galant, I-MIEV, Montero, Eclipse, 3000GT, Endeavor, Raider, Diamante, Attrage, Carisma, Colt, Grandis, Magna, Pajero and the Space Star may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panel include a small flathead screwdriver, a plastic pry bar tool and a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

No tools are needed to remove the OEM door speaker.

Pry Open Screw Cover
Pry Off Sail Panel
Sail Panel Removed
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and then open the door.

To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Gently pry out the plastic trim piece from behind the door opener handle with the small flathead screwdriver.

Then move to the center of the armrest and pry out the small plastic screw cover at the bottom of the door pull well.

Set the two plastic trim pieces aside in a safe place.

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

On some Mitsubishi models, the sail panel contains a tweeter speaker.

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

(It is not necessary to disconnect the tweeter speaker power plug to remove the door panel.)

Remove Door Handle Screw
Longer Thin Screw
Remove Armrest Screw
Remove the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

The door opener handle screw is long and thin.

Then remove the screw at the bottom of the door pull well in the center of the armrest by turning it counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Shorter Thick Screw
Two Phillips Screws
Pull Out Bottom Edge
The armrest screw is shorter and thicker than the door opener handle screw.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

Insert a large flathead screwdriver or the plastic pry bar tool in between the bottom edge of the door panel and the metal door frame.

Release Pop Rivet Fasteners
Lift Door Panel Off Frame
Tilt Away Top Edge
Firmly pull out the bottom edge of the door panel to disengage the plastic pop rivets.

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

Lift the door panel up and off the top of the metal door frame.

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

Pull Out Plastic Collar
Swing Out Metal Cable
Door Opener Cable
Locate the two cables on the back side of the door panel that operate the door opener handle and the door lock rocker switch.

The cable with the yellow plastic collar at the top is attached to the door lock rocker switch. The door opener handle cable has a blue plastic collar.

Pull the plastic collar out of the bracket, swing the cable away from the door panel and then lift the metal cylinder at the end of the cable out of its socket.

Lift Out of Socket
Electrical Connectors
Press Release Tabs
Press in the release tabs on the two electrical connectors at the underside of the switch panel before sliding them straight out of their sockets.


Slide Out Power Plugs
Plastic Door Panel Removed
Metal Door Frame
Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

The OEM door speaker is located at the bottom inner corner of the metal door frame.

Stuck Plastic Pop Rivet
OEM Door Speaker
Disconnect Speaker Plug
If any of the white plastic pop rivets are still attached to the metal door frame, pry them out and slide them back in to place on the plastic door panel.

Press in the release tab at the top of the OEM door speaker before sliding it straight out of its socket.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Hold Panel Near Frame
Push In Power Plugs
Rotate the OEM door speaker 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the door frame.

I recommend applying some Dynamat Sound Deadener to the metal door frame. It will help reduce any vibrations or rattles when you crank up the volume and allow your new speakers to sound their best.

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

Push the two power plugs back in to their sockets on the underside of the switch panel.

Metal Cylinder In Socket
Pop In Plastic Collar
Replace Door Lock Cable
Replace the cable for the door opener handle by lowering the metal cylinder in to the socket and then pop the blue plastic collar in to the bracket.

Replace the cable for the door lock switch by re-inserting the metal cylinder in to the top socket and then snap the yellow plastic collar in to the bracket.

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

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

Firmly tap in the pop rivets all along the bottom and both sides of the door panel.

Line Up Sail Panel
Push On Sail Panel
Long Thin Screw
If you disconnected the tweeter speaker, push its power plug back in to place.

Line up the sail panel and push it on to the door frame.

Re-insert the longer and thinner screw behind the door opener handle.

Tighten Clockwise
Re-Insert Armrest Screw
Tighten Phillips Clockwise
Tighten the screw in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Re-insert the shorter and thicker screw in to the bottom of the door pull well in the center of the armrest.

Tighten the Phillips head armrest screw in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Pop In Screw Cover
Snap In Trim Piece
Door Panel Replaced
Push the small screw cover down in to place at the bottom of the door pull well in the center of the armrest.

Gently pop in the plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle.

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

For more, check out all of my 2011-2017 Mitsubishi Outlander DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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