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Toyota Yaris Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 3rd generation 2012 to 2016 Toyota Yaris to upgrade the speakers.

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2015 Yaris Door Panel
Door Opener Handle
Pry Out Screw Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Toyota Yaris in removing the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or change a broken power window motor.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Corolla, Matrix, Prius, Camry, RAV4, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, 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 required to take off the door panels include a small flathead screwdriver, a plastic pry bar tool and a Phillips head screwdriver.

To upgrade the OEM speaker, you'll need an electric drill with some drill bits to drill out the metal rivets.

Phillips Head Screw
Pry Up Switch Panel
Gently Pry Front Edge
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and then open the door.

Use a small flathead screwdriver to gently pry open the hinged round plastic screw cover located behind the door opener handle.

The move to the plastic switch panel attached to the armrest.

Use a plastic automotive panel removal pry bar tool to gently lift the rear edge of the switch panel and then pry up the front edge.

Try to avoid using excessive force, the retaining clips on the underside of the switch panel should pop out relatively easily.

Switch Panel Removed
Press Release Tab
Disconnect Power Plugs
Lift the switch panel out of the armrest and turn it over to access the two electrical connectors.

Press in the release tabs on the power plugs before sliding them straight out of their sockets.

Two Plugs Removed
Remove Counterclockwise
Door Handle Screw
Set the switch panel aside in a safe place.

Remove the single screw located behind the door opener handle and near the door lock rocker switch by turning it counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the Phillips head screw aside in a safe place.

Two Screws - Arm Rest
Loosen Counterclockwise
Remove 2nd Armrest Screw
Remove the two screws that were hidden under the switch panel by turning them counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the two armrest screws aside with the other screw.

Three Phillips Screws
Pull Out Bottom Edge
White Plastic Pop Rivets
Insert the plastic pry bar tool or a large flathead screwdriver 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 disengage the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

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

Lift Panel Off Door Frame
Door Opener & Lock Cables
White - Door Lock Switch
Lift the plastic door panel up and off the top of the metal door frame.

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

Next, you'll need to remove the two cables.

The cable with the white plastic collar is attached to the door lock rocker switch. The lower cable with the green plastic collar is attached to the door opener handle.


Remove Collar & Ball
Pop Collar Out of Bracket
Lift Ball Out of Socket
Pull the plastic collars out of the "C" shaped sockets on the bracket.

Swing the cables away from the door panel and then lift the metal balls out of their sockets.

Plastic Door Panel Removed
Metal Door Frame
Remove Stuck Pop Rivets
Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

Check the metal door frame for any plastic pop rivets that remained in place.

Use the plastic pry bar tool to pull off the pop rivets. Slide those pop rivets back in to their appropriate slots on the back of the door panel.

Drill Out Metal Rivets
Hold Panel Near Frame
Re-Insert Ball In Socket
To upgrade the OEM door speaker, use an electric drill with some small drill bits to carefully drill out the metal rivets that hold it in place to the door panel.

I recommend applying some Dynamat Sound Deadener to the metal door frame to help your new speakers sound their best by stopping vibrations and rattles when you crank up the volume.

To replace the door panel, hold it near the door frame and support the bottom edge with your legs.

Lower the ball at the end of the door opener cable (green plastic collar) in to the lower socket on the back side of the door panel.

Snap the green plastic collar in to the "C" shaped socket on the bracket.

Pop Collar In To Bracket
Replace Door Lock Cable
Lower Panel On Frame
Replace the door lock switch cable (white plastic collar) back in to place closer to the top of the door panel.

Gently lower the top of the door panel on to the upper lip of the metal door frame.

Push Down To Secure
Pull Out Power Plugs
Line Up Pop Rivets
Pull the two white plastic electrical connectors through 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 Pop Rivets
Replace Armrest Screws
Tighten Phillips Clockwise
Firmly tap in the pop rivet friction fasteners all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Replace the two screws near the armrest by turning them clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver until they are snug.

Replace Switch Panel Plugs
Line Up Retaining Clips
Push Down Switch Panel
Push the two power plugs straight in their sockets on the underside of the switch panel until they click securely in to place.

Line up the retaining clips on the underside of the switch panel with their corresponding slots in the armrest.

Push the switch panel down in to place.

Replace Door Handle Screw
Pop In Plastic Screw Cover
Door Panel Replaced
Replace the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Push the small round cover back in to place over the screw behind the door opener handle.

Sit inside the car, 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 2012-2016 Toyota Yaris DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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