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Toyota Tacoma Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panel and upgrade the OEM speaker in a 2005 to 2015 Toyota Tacoma truck.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2013 Tacoma Door Panel
Pry Off Sail Panel
Sail Panel Removed
This automotive maintenance DIY tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015) Toyota Tacoma pickup truck 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 Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, Corolla, Sienna, RAV4, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Hilux, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panel include a small flathead screwdriver, a plastic automotive pry bar tool, a Phillips head screwdriver, a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Pry Open Screw Cover
Screw Behind Door Handle
Armrest Screw Cover
The first few steps are to lower the power window and open the door.

Move to the top inner corner of the door panel and gently pry off the triangular shaped sail panel with the plastic automotive panel removal tool or a small flathead screwdriver.

Set the sail panel aside in a safe place.

Then gently pry open the square plastic screw cover located just behind the door opener handle with a small flathead screwdriver.

Pry open the rectangular shaped screw cover located below the center of the armrest near the door pull handle with a small flathead screwdriver.

Screw Below Arm Rest
Gently Pry Up Switch Panel
Carefully Pry At Front
Gently pry up the rear and front parts of the electrical switch panel with a plastic tool to release the friction fasteners.
Switch Panel Removed
Press Release Tab
Push In Tab To Release
Gently pull out the switch panel and turn it over to access the electrical connectors.

Press in the release tabs on the power plugs before pulling them straight out.

You might need to use a screwdriver to push in the release buttons.

They can sometimes be too stiff to push in with your finger tip.

Power Plugs Disconnected
Remove Phillips Head Screw
Door Handle Screw
Set the switch panel aside in a safe place.

Remove the Phillips head screw behind the door opener handle by turning it counterclockwise.

Set the screw aside in a safe place.

Screw Below Pull Handle
Loosen Counterclockwise
Two Screws & 2 Panels
Remove the screw below the armrest and near the door pull handle by turning it counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screw aside with the other screw and the two plastic panels.

Pull Out Bottom of Panel
White Plastic Pop Rivets
Lift Door Panel Off Frame
Move to the bottom edge of the door panel.

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

Firmly pull out the bottom edge of the door panel to release the pop rivet friction fasteners.

Continue to release the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

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


Plastic Door Panel Removed
Metal Door Frame
OEM Door Speaker
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.

To remove it, loosen the four 10mm bolts by turning them counterclockwise.

It can be replaced with aftermarket speakers in the following sizes: 5 1/4" (5.25") or 6 1/2" (6.5").

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

Loosen 10mm Bolts
Tweeter - 10mm Botls
Lower Panel On Top Lip
The tweeter speaker is held in place by two 10mm bolts.

To replace the door panel, lower it down on to the metal lip at the top of the metal door frame.

Pull Out Electrical Connectors
Line Up Friction Fasteners
Firmly Tap In Pop Rivets
Pull the two power plugs for the switch panel out of the opening in the armrest.

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 edge and both sides of the door panel.

Replace Armrest Screw
Tighten Phillips Clockwise
Pop In Screw Cover
Replace the screw below the armrest by turning it clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Snap in the plastic screw cover.

Replace Door Handle Screw
Tighten Clockwise
Snap In Plastic Screw Cover
Re-insert the screw behind the door opener handle and tighten it in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Close the plastic screw cover.

Push In Power Plugs
Lower Switch Panel
Push To Secure Clips
Push the two power plugs in to their sockets on the underside of the electrical switch panel.

Lower the switch panel to the door panel and push on it to secure the friction fasteners.

Line Up Sail Panel
Push To Secure Clips
Door Panel Replaced
Line up the clips on the back side of the sail panel and firmly push it back in to place.

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

For more, check out my other 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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