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Hyundai Accent Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels of a 4th generation 2011-2015 Hyundai Accent to upgrade the OEM speaker.

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2013 Accent Door Panel
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Pry Off Sail Panel
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Disconnect Tweeter Speaker

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Hyundai Accent in removing the plastic interior door panels in order to add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch, change a broken power window motor or upgrade the OEM door speakers.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Tucson, Elantra, Sonata, Azera, Veloster, Tiburon, Genesis, Lavita, Veracruz, Santa Fe, ix20, i20, ix35, Fluidic Verna, Equus, Cadenza, Forte, Optima, Rio, Soul, Sedona, Sorento, Spectra and Sportage may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

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

To remove the OEM door speakers, you will need to use an electric drill with drill bits to drill out the metal rivets.

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Sail Panel Removed
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Door Opener Handle
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Pry Open Screw Cover
The first two steps are to open the door and then lower the window all the way down.

Gently pry off the triangular shaped sail panel located at the top inner corner of the door panel with a flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive panel removal guide.

Press the release tab on the white plastic power plug to disconnect the tweeter speaker.

Set the sail panel aside in a safe place.

Gently pry out the square screw cover behind the door opener handle with a small flatheads screwdriver.

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Phillips Head Screw
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Arm Rest
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Pry Open Screw Cover
Then move to the rear of the switch panel just in front of the arm rest.

Pry open the square screw cover with a small flathead screwdriver.

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

Pull out the plastic bezel trim piece from behind the door opener handle and set it aside in a safe place (shown in Photo # 16 down below).

Then remove the Phillips head screw in the armrest by turning it counterclockwise.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

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Two Phillips Screws
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Pry Out Bottom Edge
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Plastic Pop Rivet Fasteners
Move to the bottom edge of the door panel.

Insert a large flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive panel pry bar tool in between the door panel and the metal door frame.

Firmly pry out the bottom edge of the door panel to disengage the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

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Pull Out Bezel Piece
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Lift Up Door Panel
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Tilt Top Towards You
If you haven't already, remove the plastic bezel trim piece from behind the door opener handle.

Continue popping out the friction fasteners all long the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Carefully lift the door panel up and 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 legs.



 

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Release Electrical Connector
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Door Panel Removed
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Metal Door Frame
Press the release tab on the white plastic power connector on the underside of the switch panel before sliding the plug straight out of its socket.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

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Drill Out Metal Rivets
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Replace Door Panel
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Push In Power Plug
To remove the OEM speaker from the metal door frame, you will need to carefully drill out the metal rivets.

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

I'd recommend purchasing new speakers from Crutchfield since they usually include any necessary wiring harnesses, electrical connector adapters and/or mounting brackets.

If you'd like to reduce road noise for a quieter ride and also make your new speakers sound better, I'd recommend installing Dynamat Sound Deadener to the metal door frame.

To re-install the plastic door panel, hold it near the door frame with the top tilted towards you.

Push the white plastic power connector straight in to the socket on the underside of the switch panel.

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Lower Panel On Frame
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Line Up Friction Fasteners
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Firmly Tap In Pop Rivets
Lower the door panel down on to the lip at the top of the metal door frame.

Line up the 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 Door Handle Bezel
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Bezel Trim Piece Replaced
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Replace Phillips Screw
Re-insert the plastic bezel trim piece behind the door opener handle.

Tighten the Phillips head screw behind the door opener handle by turning it in the clockwise direction.

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Pop In Screw Cover
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Tighten Arm Rest Screw
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Push Down Screw Cover
Pop in the plastic cover over the door opener handle screw.

Re-insert the Phillips head screw in to the arm rest and push in the plastic cover.

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Push In Tweeter Speaker Plug
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Push On Sail Panel
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Door Panel Replaced
Re-insert the white plastic tweeter speaker power plug in to the socket.

Push the sail panel straight on to the top inner corner of the door frame.

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

For more, check out my other Hyundai Accent DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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