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Ford Fusion Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 2nd generation 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion to upgrade the OEM speakers.

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2014 Fusion Door Panel
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Pry Out Trim Piece
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Plastic Cover Removed

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and probably also the refreshed 2017 model year) Ford Fusion sedan 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 Ford or Lincoln vehicles such as the Focus, Fiesta, C-Max, Mustang, Escape, Transit Connect, Edge, Flex, Explorer, Expedition, Taurus, F-150, EcoSport, MKC, MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT and the Navigator may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panel include a small flathead screwdriver, a 10mm socket, a 7mm socket, a 5.5mm socket, a ratcheting wrench and a large flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive panel removal tool.

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Loosen 10mm Bolt
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Door Opener Handle
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Bottom Edge - 7mm
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and then open the door.

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

Set the plastic trim cover aside in a safe place.

Remove the bolt behind the door opener handle by turning it counterclockwise with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Set the bolt aside in a safe place.

Then move to the bottom edge of the door panel and locate the two screws.

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7mm Screw Removed
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Loosen 2nd 7mm Screw
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Pry Up Switch Panel
Remove the two screws by turning them counterclockwise with the 7mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Set the two 7mm screws aside in a safe place.

Pry up the rear edge of the plastic switch panel with a large flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive panel removal tool.

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Gently Lift Switch Panel
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Pry Up Friction Fastener
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Remove Switch Panel
Gently continue prying up the switch panel to release the metal friction fastener clips.

Try to avoid using excessive force. The switch panel should pop out relatively easily.

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Disconnect Power Plug
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Two Armrest Screws
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Loosen 5.5mm Screws
Turn over the switch panel to access the electrical connector.

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

Set the switch panel aside with the other panel.

Locate the two small screws on the armrest that were hidden by the switch panel.

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5.5mm Screw Removed
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Turn Counterclockwise
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Second Screw Removed

Remove the two screws by turning them counterclockwise with the 7mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

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Pull Out Bottom Edge
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Pop Rivets Removed
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Lift Off Door Panel
Insert a large flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive panel removal pry bar tool in between the bottom edge of the door panel and the metal door frame.

Firmly pull out the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners on the bottom edge of the door panel and both sides.

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

Tilt the top edge of the door panel towards yourself and support the bottom edge with your legs.

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Door Opener Handle Cable
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Pull Back Plastic Clip
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Cable Mount Removed
To disconnect the door opener handle mount, gently pull back the white plastic clip.

Lift the mount out of the bracket on the back side of the door panel.

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Push In Release Tab
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Disconnect Power Plugs
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Power Plug Removed
To disconnect the power plugs, press in the release tabs before sliding them straight out of their sockets.
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Press Release Button
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Slide Out Power Plug
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Door Panel Removed
Once all the electrical connectors have been removed, you can set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.



 

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Metal Door Frame
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OEM Door Speaker
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Loosen 7mm Screw
The OEM door speaker is located at the bottom inner corner of the metal door frame.

Loosen the three 7mm screws on the OEM speaker by turning them counterclockwise.

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Turn Counterclockwise
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3rd Screw Removed
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Disconnect Power Plug
Set the three screws aside in a safe place.

Press the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector before pulling the plug straight out of it socket.

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Pull Out OEM Speaker
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Hold Panel Near Frame
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Push In Power Plug
Pull the OEM speaker out of the door frame.

The OEM door speakers can be replaced with 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 electrical connector adaptors, wiring harnesses or mounting brackets.

To make your new speakers sound better and reduce road noise, apply some Dynamat Sound Deadener to the the metal door frame. It will help stop any unwanted vibrations or rattles when you crank up the volume.

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

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Slide In Electrical Connector
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Power Plug Replaced
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Line Up Door Opener Handle
Slide the electrical connectors straight in to their sockets until they click securely in place.

Re-insert the front end of the door opener handle cable mount in to the bracket first.

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Pop Mount In To Bracket
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Pass Plug Through Opening
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Lower Door Panel On Frame
Push down the rear edge of the mount until it clicks securely in to place.

Pull the power plug for the switch panel through the opening in the armrest.

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

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Line Up Plastic Pop Rivets
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Firmly Tap In Fasteners
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Re-Insert Armrest Screws
Line up the 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 rivet friction fasteners all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

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Tighten 5.5mm Clockwise
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Replace 2nd Screw
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Armrest Screws Replaced
Re-insert the two screws in to the armrest and tighten them in the clockwise direction with the 5.5mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.
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Push In Power Plug
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Line Up Switch Panel
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Push Down Switch Panel
Push the power plug for the switch panel straight in to its socket.

Lower the switch panel down in to the armrest and firmly push in the friction fasteners.

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7mm Screws - Bottom Edge
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Tighten 7mm Clockwise
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Replace Second Screw
Tighten the two 7mm screws on the bottom edge of the door panel by turning them clockwise until they are snug.
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Replace 10mm Bolt
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Pop In Plastic Trim Piece
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Door Panel Replaced
Tighten the 10mm bolt behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise.

Line up the plastic trim piece and gently snap it back in to place.

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

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Ford Fusion DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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