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Nissan Sentra Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic door panels in a 6th generation B16 2007 to 2012 Nissan Sentra with photo illustrated steps.

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2012 Sentra Door Panel
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Pry Out Plastic Trim Piece
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Screw Behind Door Handle

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation "B16" (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012) Nissan Sentra sedan in removing the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM door speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or replace a broken power window motor.

Owners of other Nissan vehicles with similar door panels such as the Versa, Cube, Altima, Maxima, Leaf, Pathfinder, 370Z, Juke, Rogue, Xterra, Murano and Quest may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to take off the door panel include a small flathead screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver and a large flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel removal tool.

To remove the OEM door speaker, you'll need a Torx T20 screwdriver.

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Pry Out Plastic Cover
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Screw In Arm Rest Well
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Pry Off Sail Panel
The first two steps are to open the door and lower the window all the way down.

Then pry out the small rectangular plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle with a small flathead screwdriver.

Set the trim panel aside in a safe place.

Move to the arm rest and pry out the plastic cover at the bottom of the door pull well with the small flathead screwdriver.

Next move to the top inner corner of the door panel and gently pry off the sail panel with the small flathead screwdriver.

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Sail Panel Removed
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Remove Door Handle Screw
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Remove Arm Rest Screw
On some Sentra models, the sail panel may contain a tweeter speaker that will need to be unplugged.

Set the sail panel aside with the other trim panels.

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

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

Set the two screws aside with the trim panels.

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Pry Up Switch Panel
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Switch Panel Removed
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Push Release Button
Gently pry out the front edge of the plastic switch panel and pull it straight out of the arm rest.

Press the release button on the white plastic electrical connector before sliding the plug straight out of its socket.

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Power Plug Disconnected
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4 Panels & 2 Screws
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Pry Out Bottom of Panel
Set the switch panel aside with the other panels and the screws.

At this point, you should have removed 2 plastic panels (sail & switch), 2 screw covers, and 2 Phillips head screws.

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

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Pop Rivet Fasteners Removed
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Lift Panel Off Door Frame
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Tilt Top Edge Towards You
Gently pull out the pop rivet friction fasteners at the bottom of the door panel.

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

Lift the door panel off the metal door frame.

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

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Pop Out Plastic Collar
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Pull Out Metal Ball
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Door Opener Handle Cable
To disconnect the door opener handle cable, first pull the white plastic collar out of the bracket.

Then swing the cable out and lift the metal ball at the end out of its socket.

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Pull Out Plastic Collar
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Remove Door Lock Cable
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Door Panel Removed
Then pull the white plastic collar on the door lock switch cable out of the bracket, swing the cable away from the panel and lift the metal bar at the end out of its socket.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

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Metal Door Frame
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Remove Speaker Screws
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Four Torx T20 Screws
To remove the OEM door speaker, loosen the four screws in the counterclockwise direction with a Torx T-20 star bit screwdriver.

Set the four screws aside in a safe place.



 

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Pry Off Speaker
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Speaker Removed
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Disconnect Power Plug
Pry off the speaker with a small flathead screwdriver to release the adhesive foam backing.

Press the release tab on the power connector and slide it straight out of its socket.

The OEM door speaker can be replaced by aftermarket speakers in the following sizes: 5 1/4" (5.25"), 6 1/2" (6.5") and 6"x9".

I'd recommend buying new speakers from Crutchfield since they usually include any necessary plug adapters, wiring harnesses or mounting brackets.

If you'd like to reduce road noise to make your car quieter and also improve the sound from your speakers, I'd recommend applying some Dynamat Sound Deadener on the metal door frame.

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Window Motor Under Cover
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Hold Panel Near Frame
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Re-Insert Metal Bar
To access the power window motor, lift the foam cover off the door frame.

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

Re-insert the metal bar at the end of the door lock switch cable in to the upper socket on the bracket.

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Pop In Plastic Collar
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Re-Insert Metal Ball
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Snap In Plastic Collar
Push the white plastic collar in to the bracket.

Lower the metal ball at the end of the door opener handle cable in to the lower socket.

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

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Cables Replaced
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Pull Power Plug Through Armrest
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Lower Panel On Frame
Make sure that both the door opener handle and door lock switch cables are securely in place.

Pull the white plastic electrical connector for the switch panel through the opening in the arm rest.

Hang the door panel on to the lip at the top of the door panel.

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Push In Power Plug
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Line Up Friction Fasteners
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Tap In Pop Rivets
Push the power plug in to the socket on the bottom of the switch panel.

Line up the white plastic pop rivet friction fasteners on the back 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.

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Re-Insert Switch Panel
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Push Down Switch Panel
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Line Up Phillips Screw
Push the switch panel down in to place on the arm rest.
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Replace Door Handle Screw
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Tighten Clockwise Direction
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Door Pull Well Screw
Replace the screw behind the door opener handle by tightening it in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.
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Tighten Arm Rest Screw
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Turn Clockwise Direction
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Push Down Plastic Cover
Tighten the screw at the bottom of the door pull well in the arm rest by turning it clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Push in the plastic screw cover at the bottom of the door pull well.

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Push In Door Handle Trim
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Line Up Sail Panel
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Push On Sail Panel
Pop in the plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle.

Line up the friction fasteners on the rear of the sail panel and push it back in to place.

For more, check out my other 2007-2012 Nissan Sentra Maintenance & Repair Guides.
 

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