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Nissan Rogue Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 2nd generation 2014 to 2018 Nissan Rogue to upgrade the speakers.

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2016 Rogue Door Panel
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Gently Pry Off Trim Piece
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Trim Panel Around Handle

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2014, 2015, 2016 and the revised 2017 or 2018 model year Nissan Rogue SUV 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 Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Murano, Altima, Titan, Versa, Sentra, Maxima, Leaf, 370Z, GT-R, Juke, Pathfinder, Armada, Patrol, Skyline, Cube, X-Trail, Xterra, Qashqai, Rogue Sport, NV200, NV400, Teana, Q50, Q70, Q60, QX30, QX50, QX56, QX60, QX70 and QX80 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panels include an automotive trim panel removal tool, a Phillips head screwdriver, a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

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Trim Panel Removed
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Door Pull Handle Trim
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Gently Pry Off Top Edge
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and open the door.

Use a plastic automotive trim panel removal tool to gently pry off the front edge of the trim piece that surrounds the door opener handle and door lock rocker switch.

Set the trim piece aside in a safe place.

Then gently pry up the top edge of the trim panel that covers the door pull handle and part of the armrest.

Try to avoid using excessive force and be patient. The panels should pop off relatively easily.

You may need to re-insert your tool in several locations around the trim pieces to fully release the retaining clips.

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Push Plastic Tab Down
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Pull Off Trim Panel
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Door Pull Handle Trim
If you have a stubborn plastic tab that won't release from its slot, use a flathead screwdriver to push in the tab.

Set the door pull handle trim cover aside in a safe place.

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Pry Up Rear of Switch Panel
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Switch Panel Removed
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Push In Release Tab
Use the plastic pry bar tool to lift the rear edge of the electrical switch panel.

Pull the switch panel out of the armrest.

There are two plastic hooks on the front edge of the switch panel.

Push in the white plastic release tab on the electrical connector before pulling the power plug straight out of its socket.

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Disconnect Power Plug
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Metal Door Pull Handle
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Loosen Counterclockwise
Set the switch panel aside in a safe place.

There are four screws on the metal door pull handle bracket.

Remove the screw at the top of the bracket by turning it counterclockwise with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Top Screw Removed
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Two Bottom Screws
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Phillips / 10mm Screws
Then remove the two screws at the bottom of the bracket, near the armrest, by turning them counterclockwise with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the three 10mm screws aside in a safe place.

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Center Small Screw
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Silver Phillips Screw
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Screw Below Switch Panel
The fourth and final screw on the metal bracket is a small silver screw located in the middle.

Remove the fourth screw by turning it counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Locate the black metal screw on the inner area of the armrest that was hidden by the switch panel.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Use Phillips or 10mm Socket
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Screw Removed
Loosen the screw by turning it counterclockwise with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screw aside with the other fasteners.

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Pull Out Bottom Edge
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White Plastic Pop Rivets
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Lift Door Panel Off Frame
Slide the plastic pry bar tool in between the bottom edge of the plastic door panel and the metal door frame.

Firmly pull out the bottom edge of the door panel to release the white plastic pop rivets.

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

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



 

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

The OEM door speaker is located at the bottom inner corner of the metal door frame.

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

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Disconnect Power Plug
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Lower Door Panel On Frame
Push in the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector before pulling the power plug straight out of its socket.

The OEM speaker is held in place by three screws that can be removed with either a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.

Loosen the three screws by turning them counterclockwise.

To allow your new speakers to sound their best, apply some Dynamat Sound Deadener material to the metal door frame surrounding the speaker.

The sound deadener will help stop those annoying vibrations and rattles when you really crank up the volume.

To replace the plastic door panel, carefully lower it down on to the upper lip of the metal door frame.

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Pull Out Electrical Connector
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Line Up Pop Rivets
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Firmly Tap In Fasteners
Pull the wire loom and electrical connector for the switch panel through the opening in the center of 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 the pop rivet friction fasteners all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

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Replace Inner Screw
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Tighten Clockwise
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Small Middle Screw
Replace the inner screw on the metal bracket by turning it clockwise with the 10mm socket and 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver until it is snug.

Then replace the small silver Phillips head screw in the center of the metal bracket by turning it clockwise.

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Top 10mm Screw
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Replace 2 Bottom Screws
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Tighten Clockwise
Replace the top 10mm screw and the two bottom 10mm screws on the metal bracket.
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Push In Power Plug
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Hooks - Front Switch Panel
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Push Down Switch Panel
Hold the switch panel near the armrest and push the power plug straight in to its socket.

The electrical connector should "click" securely in to place.

First re-insert the plastic hooks on the front edge of the switch panel in to the opening in the armrest.

Then gently push down the rear edge of the switch panel to secure the retaining clips.

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Line Up Pull Handle Trim
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Push On Trim Panel
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Line Up Upper Trim Piece
Line up the trim cover for the door pull handle and firmly push it back in to place.

Then line up the trim piece that surrounds the door opener handle and door lock rocker switch.

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Gently Snap In Place
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Secure Plastic Clips
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Door Panel Replaced
Gently pop the trim piece back in to place to secure the retaining clips.

Sit inside the SUV, close the door and verify that the door opener handle, door lock rocker switch, power window switch, power door lock switch and door speaker are all working properly.

For more, check out all of my 2014-2018 Nissan Rogue DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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