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Chrysler 200 Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 1st generation 2011-2014 Chrysler 200 to upgrade the OEM speaker.

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2013 Chrysler 200 Door Panel
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Pry Out Plastic Trim Panel
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Screw Behind Door Handle

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Chrysler 200 sedan in removing the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speakers, fix a faulty electrical switch, replace a broken power window motor or add soundproofing material to lessen road noise.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM vehicles such as the Avenger, 300, Town & Country, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, Patriot, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Compass, 1500, 2500, 3500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a small flathead screwdriver, a Torx T20 star bit screwdriver, a pair of needle nose pliers and a large flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel removal tool.

The OEM door speakers are held in place by four Torx T-20 star bit screws.

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Pry Out Trim Panel
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Two Arm Rest Screws
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Pry Off Sail Panel
The first step is to pry out the small black plastic trim panel behind the door opener handle with a small flathead screwdriver.

Then pry out the rectangular black plastic trim piece at the bottom of the door pull well in the arm rest with the small flathead screwdriver.

Set the two trim panels aside in a safe place.

Move to the top inner corner of the door panel and gently pry off the triangular shaped 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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Torx T20 Screw Removed
On some vehicles the sail panel may contain a tweeter speaker that needs to be disconnected.

Remove the single screw behind the door opener handle by turning it counterclockwise with the Torx T-20 star bit screwdriver.

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Remove Arm Rest Well Screws
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2 Screws - Counterclockwise
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3 Panels & 3 T20 Screws
Remove the two screws at the bottom of the door pull well in the center of the arm rest by turning them counterclockwise with the Torx T20 star bit screwdriver.

Set the three screw aside in a safe place with the plastic trim panels.

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Pry Out Pop Rivet Fasteners
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Friction Fasteners Removed
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Lift Door Panel Off Frame
Insert a large flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel removal 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 disengage the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

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

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

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Tilt Top Away From Frame
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Door Opener Handle Cable
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Squeeze Together Two Prongs
Tilt the top of the door panel away from the frame and support the bottom edge with your thighs.

To remove the cable attached to the door opener handle, you'll need a pair of needle nose pliers.

Squeeze together the two plastic prongs on the white plastic collar near the end of the cable with the needle nose pliers.

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Pull Out Plastic Collar
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Lift Out Metal Bar
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Cable Removed
Pull the white plastic collar straight out of the black plastic bracket.

Swing the cable out away from yourself and pull off the light tan plastic "C" collar.

Pull the metal bar at the end of the cable down out of its socket.

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Press Release Button
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Pull Out Power Plug
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Door Panel Removed
Press the release tab on the grey plastic electrical connector and pull it straight out of the socket on the bottom of the switch panel.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.



 

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Door Frame Exposed
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Remove T20 Screws
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4 Torx T-20 Speaker Screws
The OEM door speaker is held in place to the frame by four Torx T20 star bit screws.

Remove the four screws by turning them counterclockwise with the Torx T20 screwdriver.

Set the four screws aside in a safe place.

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Pull Out OEM Speaker
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Disconnect Power Plug
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Hold Panel Near Frame
Pull the OEM speaker out of the door frame and press the release tab on the white plastic power plug to disconnect it.

The OEM front door speakers can be replaced with either 5 1/4" (5.25") or 6 1/2" (6.5") size aftermarket speakers.

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

If you'd like to reduce road noise and make your new speakers sound better, apply some Dynamat Sound Deadener to help stop vibrations and rattles when you crank up the volume.

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

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Push In Electrical Connector
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Re-Insert Metal Bar
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Snap On Plastic "C" Collar
Push the light grey power plug back in to the socket on the underside of the switch panel for the power window and door lock switches.

Re-insert the metal bar at the end of the door opener cable up in to its socket.

Snap the metal bar in to the light tan plastic "C" collar.

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Push Prongs In To Bracket
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Door Handle Cable Replaced
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Re-Insert Door Lock Stalk
Swing the cable towards the door panel and push the white plastic collar near the end in to the black plastic bracket.

Make sure that you push the collar in until the two prongs can expand open and hold it securely in place.

Line up the door lock stalk with its corresponding hole at the upper outer edge of the door panel.

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Lower Panel On Frame
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Line Up Pop Rivet Fasteners
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Tap In Friction Fasteners
Gently lower the door panel down on to the upper lip on the metal door frame.

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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Replace Screw Behind Handle
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Replace Arm Rest Well Screws
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Re-Insert Armrest Well Cover
Replace the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise with the Torx T20 screwdriver.

Replace the two screws at the bottom of the door pull well in the center of the arm rest by turning them clockwise with the Torx T20 screwdriver.

Snap in the rectangular black plastic trim piece at the bottom of the door pull well.

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Plastic Cover Replaced
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Push In Door Opener Handle Cover
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Trim Piece Replaced
Pop in the black plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle.
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Line Up Sail Panel
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Push On Sail Panel
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Door Panel Replaced
Line up the sail panel at the top inner corner of the door panel and gently push it back in to place.

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

For more, check out my other Chrysler 200 DIY Maintenance & Repair Guides.
 

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