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Nissan Sentra Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the interior door panels and upgrade the OEM speakers in a 7th generation 2013 to 2015 Nissan Sentra.

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2014 Sentra Door Panel
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Door Opener Handle
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Gently Pry Out Bezel

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the seventh generation (2013, 2014, 2015 and perhaps also the refreshed 2016 and 2017 model years) Nissan Sentra sedan in taking off the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speaker, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or replace a broken power window motor.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Pathfinder, Murano, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, Teana, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35, QX56, QX60 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panel include a plastic automotive panel pry bar tool and a Phillips head screwdriver.

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

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Door Handle Bezel Removed
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Pry Off Sail Panel
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Sail Panel Removed
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and then open the door.

Next, gently pry out the plastic bezel that surrounds the door opener handle. I recommend that you pry out the bezel from the inside of the piece rather than the outside to prevent from damaging the clips.

Set the door opener handle bezel aside in a safe place.

Then 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 you can use a flathead screwdriver.

Set the sail panel aside in a safe place.

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Switch Panel - Armrest
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Pry Out Rear Edge
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Switch Panel Removed
Gently pry out the rear edge of the switch panel with the plastic tool.

Pull out the switch panel and turn it over to access the electrical connector.

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White Plastic Power Plug
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Press In Release Tab
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Electrical Connector Removed
Press in the release tab on the white plastic power plug before pulling it straight out of its socket.

Set the switch panel aside in a safe place.

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Switch Panel Removed
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Remove Armrest Screw
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Phillips Head Screw
Remove the single screw in the armrest that was hidden under the switch panel by turning it counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screw aside in a safe place.

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Pry Out Bottom Edge
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Pop Rivets Released
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Lift Panel Off Frame
Insert the 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 disengage the white plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

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

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Door Panel Removed
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Plastic Door Panel
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Metal Door Frame
Set the door panel aside in a safe place.



 

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OEM Door Speaker
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Disconnect Power Plug
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Remove 3 Screws
The OEM door speaker is located at the bottom inner corner of the door frame.

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

Remove the three screws that hold the OEM speaker in place by turning them counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Three Phillips Head Screws
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Pull Out OEM Speaker
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Hold Panel Near Frame
Pull the speaker out of the door frame.

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

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

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

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Pull Out Wire Harness
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Lower Panel On Frame
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Line Up Plastic Pop Rivets
Pull the wire harness for the switch panel out of the opening in the door panel.

Lower the top edge of the door panel down on to the top lip of the metal door frame.

Line up the white plastic pop rivets on the back of the door panel with their corresponding holes in the metal door frame.

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Push In Switch Panel Plug
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Replace Phillips Head Screw
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Line Up Switch Panel
Push the electrical connector for the switch panel in to its socket.

Replace the Phillips head screw at the center of the armrest by turning it clockwise until it is snug.

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Replace Switch Panel
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Line Up Handle Bezel
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Push On Plastic Bezel
Line up the switch panel and gently push it down in to place.

Line up the plastic bezel over the door opener handle and gently pop it back in to place.

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Line Up Sail Panel
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Push Sail Panel In Place
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Door Panel Replaced
Line up the sail panel and push it back in to place.

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 my other 2013-2015 Nissan Sentra DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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