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Toyota Sienna Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the interior door panels of a 3rd generation 2011-2016 Toyota Sienna to upgrade the OEM speakers.

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2012 Sienna Door Panel
Pry Off Sail Panel
Sail Panel Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and also the refreshed 2015 & 2016 model years) Toyota Sienna minivan in removing the 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 Toyota vehicles with similar interior door panels such as the Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Hilux, Venza, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia, RAV4 and Land Cruiser, may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

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

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

Pry Out Trim Panel
Screw Behind Door Handle
Pry Up Rear of Switch Panel
The first step is to move to the top outer corner of the door panel and gently pry off the sail panel with the small flathead screwdriver.

On some Sienna models, the sail panel may contain a tweeter speaker which will need to be unplugged.

Set the sail panel aside in a safe place.

Then pry out the small plastic rectangular trim piece behind the door opener handle and near the lock / unlock switch with the small flathead screwdriver.

Gently pry up the rear edge of the plastic switch panel near the arm rest with the small flathead screwdriver.

Pull Off Plastic Switch Panel
Press Release Button
Power Plug Disconnected
Pull the plastic switch panel straight out of the door panel and turn it over.

Press the release button on the electrical connector and slide it straight out of the socket.

Set the switch panel aside in a safe place.

Remove Single Phillips Screw
Remove Arm Rest Screw
Armrest Screw Removed
Remove the single screw located behind the door opener handle by turning it counter clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Then remove the screw below where the switch panel resides and near the arm rest by turning it counter clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

3 Panels - 2 Screws
Phillips Screw - Outer Edge
Remove Phillips Head Screw
The third and final screw is located at the middle of the outer edge of the door panel. The screw has a rubber bumper attached to the top of it.

Remove the screw by turning it counter clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver and set set it aside with the other screws.

3 Panels & 3 Phillips Screws
Pull Out Bottom of Panel
Release Pop Rivet Fasteners
At this point you should have removed 3 plastic panels (switch panel, sail panel, door handle trim piece) and 3 Phillips head screws.

Move to the bottom edge of the door panel and either pull with your hand or insert a large flathead screwdriver or use an automotive trim panel removal tool to disengage the white plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

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

Lift Panel Off Door Frame
Opener Handle & Lock Cables
Pull Up Plastic Retaining Clip
Lift the plastic door panel off the lip at the top of the metal door frame.

Tilt the top of the door panel towards yourself while supporting the bottom with your thighs.

Locate the small plastic retaining clip at the top of the door opener handle and door lock assembly bracket.


Lock & Handle Assembly
Plastic Door Panel Removed
Metal Door Frame
Gently pull up the retaining clip to release the door opener handle and door lock assembly. Pull the assembly off the bracket on the rear of the door panel.

Alternatively, you could pull the white and green plastic collars at the ends of the door opener handle and door lock switch cables out of their slots.

Then rotate the cables away from the door panel and lift the metal pieces at the end of each cable out of their sockets.

Now the door panel can be completely removed and set aside in a safe place.

OEM Door Speaker
Release Power Plug
Remove 4 Phillips Screws
To remove the OEM door speaker at the inner lower corner of the door frame, first press the release button on the white plastic electrical connector and pull it straight out of its socket.

Remove the four screws that hold the speaker in place by turning them counter clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Pull the old speaker straight out of the door frame.

The OEM door speakers can be replaced with the following aftermarket speaker sizes: 5 1/4" (5.25"), 6 1/2" (6.5") or 6 3/4" (6.75").

I'd recommend purchasing new speakers from Amazon since you can verify which speakers will fit your vehicle and whether or not you will need an adapter mounting bracket.

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

Door Speaker Removed
Push On Handle/Lock Bracket
Hang Door Panel On Frame
To re-install the plastic door panel, hold it near the door frame, tilt the top towards yourself and support the bottom with your thighs.

Gently push the door lock and door handle assembly back in to the bracket on the rear of the panel until it clicks securely in place.

Hang the top edge of the panel on to the upper lip of the metal door frame.

Pull Switch Panel Cable Out
Line Up Friction Fasteners
Tap Panel - Insert Pop Rivets
Pull the wire harness for the power door lock and window switch panel out of the hole in the arm rest.

Line up the white plastic pop rivet friction fasteners on the rear of the panel with their corresponding holes in the door frame.

Firmly tap all along the bottom edge and two sides of the door panel to re-insert the pop rivets.

Replace Door Handle Screw
Tighten Arm Rest Screw
Push In Switch Panel Plug
Replace the single black screw behind the door opener handle and tighten it with the Phillips head screwdriver by turning it clockwise until it is snug.

Tighten the single silver screw below the switch panel and near the arm rest by turning it clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Push the electrical connector for the door lock / power window switch panel straight in to the socket.

Push Down Switch Panel
Replace Door Handle Trim
Replace Sail Panel
Line up the plastic friction fasteners on the bottom of the switch panel and push it down in to place over the arm rest.

Push the rectangular plastic trim piece back in to place behind the door opener handle and door lock switch.

Push the sail panel back in place at the upper inner corner of the door frame. (If your Sienna has tweeter speakers in the sail panel, be sure to re-connect the power plug.)

Push On Sail Panel
Tighten Outer Phillips Screw
Driver Door Panel Replaced
Replace the small screw with the rubber bumper attached to the middle outer edge of the panel.

For more, please check out my other Toyota Sienna Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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