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Nissan Rogue Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the interior door panels of a 1st generation 2008-2013 Nissan Rogue SUV with photo illustrated steps.

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2011 Rogue Door Panel
Door Opener Handle
Pry Out Screw Cover
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 1st generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013) Nissan Rogue in removing the interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speaker, add soundproofing material, replace the power window motor or fix a faulty switch.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Cube, Sentra, Altima, LEAF, Maxima, Juke, Murano, Xterra, Pathfinder, Armada, Quest, Frontier, Titan, 370Z, G37, M37, EX37, FX37, JX35, and QX56 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 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.

The OEM door speaker is held in place by four Phillips head screws.

Screw Cover Removed
Door Pull Trim Panel
Gently Pry At Bottom
The first of the three screws holding the door panel in place is covered by a small rectangular trim piece behind the door opener handle. Pry out the screw cover with a small flathead screwdriver.

The other two screws are below the rectangular door pull handle trim panel.

Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver at the bottom of the trim panel and gently pry it off.

To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may want to use a plastic automotive panel removal tool.

Trim Piece Removed
Remove With 10mm Socket
Door Handle Screw Removed
The door handle screw can be removed with either a Phillips head screwdriver or with a 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Remove the screw by turning it counter clockwise and then set it aside in a safe place.

Door Pull Screws
Phillips Head Screwdriver
Upper Screw Removed
Remove the two screws in the door pull handle with the Phillips head screwdriver by turning them counter clockwise.

Set them aside with the other screw and trim panels.

Remove Lower Screw
2 Panels & 3 Screws
Pull At Bottom of Panel
Once all three screws are removed, you can move to the bottom edge of the panel and pull out the friction fasteners.
Removing Friction Fasteners
Door Lock & Handle Cables
Pull Out Plastic Collar
Continue pulling along the bottom and two sides of the door panel to disengage all of the pop rivet friction fasteners.

Lift the door panel up and off the lip of the door frame.

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

Metal Ball Removed
Remove Door Lock Cable
Press Release Button
To remove the lock switch and door opener handle cables, first pull the plastic collars out of the bracket.

Then swing the cable out and lift the ends out of their sockets.


Slide Out Power Plug
Front Door Panel Removed
Metal Door Frame
Press the release button on the white plastic power connector for the window and lock switches panel before sliding it straight out of the socket.

Set the door panel aside in a safe place.

OEM Door Speaker
Remove Phillips Screws
Four Speaker Screws
If you'd like to upgrade the door speaker, remove the four Phillips head screws by turning them counter clockwise.

Pull the speaker out of the door frame and press the release tab on the power connector before sliding it straight out.

The OEM speaker can be replaced with either a 5 1/4" (5.25"), 6.5" (6 1/2") or 6"x9" aftermarket speaker.

I'd recommend ordering new speakers from Amazon since you can verify that they will fit your vehicle and whether or not you will need a mounting bracket.

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

Pull Off OEM Speaker
Install 5.25", 6.5", 6"x9"
Line Up Door Cables
To replace the door panel, first hold it near the door frame and support it with your thighs.
Insert End of Cable
Snap In Plastic Collar
Insert Metal Ball
Then insert the metal bar for the door lock switch in to the socket at the top of the bracket.

Swing the cable towards the panel and pop the plastic collar in place.

Plastic Collar In Bracket
Door Cables Replaced
Push In Power Connector
Insert the metal ball at the end of the door opener handle cable in to the socket at the bottom of the bracket.

Swing the cable towards the panel and push the plastic collar in place.

Slide the power connector for the lock and window switches straight in to its socket.

Lower Door Panel
Line Up Pop Rivets
Push Fasteners In Place
Lower the top of the door panel on to the lip of the door frame.

Swing the bottom of the door panel towards the door frame and line up the white plastic friction fasteners with their corresponding holes.

Push all along the bottom and sides of the panel to secure all of the friction fasteners.

Tighten Lower Screw
Attach Screw With Tape
Tighten Upper Screw
Tighten the upper and lower screws in the door pull handle with the Phillips head screwdriver.

If you have trouble inserting either screw, attach the screw to the tip of the screwdriver with some tape.

Replace Door Handle Screw
Tighten With 10mm Socket
Replace Screw Cover
Replace the screw behind the door opener handle and tighten it with a Phillips head screwdriver or the 10mm socket with a ratcheting wrench.

Press the small rectangular screw cover in place.

Line Up Door Pull Trim
Snap Trim Panel In Place
Door Panel Replaced
Line up the door pull handle trim piece and gently snap it in to place.

For more, check out my other Nissan Rogue Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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