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Honda Odyssey Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the interior door panels and upgrade the speakers in a 3rd generation 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey.

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2008 Odyssey Door Panel
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Pry Off Sail Panel
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Sail Panel Removed

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010) Honda Odyssey minivan in taking off the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM front door speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or replace a broken power window motor.

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Accord, Civic, Crosstour, CR-V, CR-Z, HR-V, Fit, Element, Insight, Pilot, Ridgeline, Clarity, Crosstour, Elysion, ILX, TSX, TLX, TL, RLX, RDX, NSX and MDX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the front door panels include a plastic trim removal tool and a Phillips head screwdriver.

The OEM door speakers are also held in place by standard Phillips head screws.

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Door Opener Handle
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Small Release Tab - Front
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Push In Release Tab
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and open the door.

Use a plastic pry bar tool to gently remove the sail panel located at the top inner corner of the door frame.

On some Honda models, the sail panel may contain a tweeter speaker with a power plug that needs to be disconnected.

Set the sail panel aside in a safe place.

Move to the chrome silver door opener handle.

Use a small flathead screwdriver or a small trim removal tool to push in the release tab on the front edge of the trim cover located behind the door opener handle.

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Pull Out Trim Piece
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Two Phillips Head Screws
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Electrical Switch Panel
Pull out the trim piece behind the door opener handle and set it aside in a safe place.

You'll see two Phillips head screws located behind the door opener handle.

Move to the rear edge of the electrical switch panel.

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Small Notch - Rear Edge
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Pry Up Rear Edge
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Pry Up Side Edge
Insert the plastic pry bar tool or a flathead screwdriver into the small notch on the rear edge of the switch panel.

Gently pry up the rear edge of the switch panel to release the retaining clips.

Then pry along the outside edge of the switch panel.

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Pry Up Front Edge
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Switch Panel Removed
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Push In Release Tab
Next, pry up the front edge of the switch panel.

Try to avoid using excessive force. The switch panel's retaining clips should pop out relatively easily.

Turn over the switch panel to access the electrical connector.

Push in the 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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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Remove 2nd Screw
Set the switch panel aside in a safe place.

Remove the two screws located behind the door opener handle by turning them counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

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Two Screws Removed
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Remove Armrest Screw
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Needle Nose Pliers
Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

Remove the screw in the center of the armrest that was hidden by the switch panel.

Loosen it in the counterclockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

You may need to use a pair of needle nose pliers to remove the armrest screw unless your screwdriver happens to have a magnetic tip.

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Screw Under Armrest
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Last Screw Removed
Move to below the armrest (above the storage pocket) and locate the fourth and final screw.

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

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4 Screws & 3 Panels
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Pull Out Bottom Edge
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Release Pop Rivets
Set the screw aside with the other screws.

At this point, you should have removed the sail panel, switch panel, door opener handle screw cover trim piece and four Phillips head screws.

Insert the plastic pry bar tool or a large flathead screwdriver 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 release the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

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

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Lift Door Panel Off Frame
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Tilt Away Top Edge
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Disconnect Green Plug
Lift the door panel up and off the upper lip at 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.

Locate the green plastic electrical connector for the courtesy step light housing.

Push in the release tab on the power plug before sliding it straight out of its socket.



 

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Door Opener Handle Cable
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Pull Off Black Plastic Collar
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Pull Out White Plastic Piece
Locate the cable that operates the door opener handle.

Pull the black plastic collar off the white plastic piece near the end of the cable.

Lift the white plastic piece near the end of the cable out of the "C" shaped metal bracket.

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Collar - End of Cable
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Black Collar Removed
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Lift Out Metal Bar
Pull the black plastic collar off the metal bar at the very end of the cable.

Lift the metal elbow bar out of its socket on the back side of the door opener handle.

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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 front lower corner of the metal door frame.

It is held in place by three Phillips head screws.

The OEM front door speakers can be replaced with aftermarket car speakers in the following size: 5 1/4" (5.25").

I highly recommend applying some Dynamat sound deadener to the metal door frame. It will help stop vibrations and rattles to allow your new speakers to sound their best.

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Hold Panel Near Frame
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Line Up Metal Elbow
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Re-Insert Bar In Socket
To replace the plastic door panel, hold it near the door frame.

Tilt the top edge of the door panel away from the door frame.

Re-insert the bar at the end of the door handle opener cable into its socket.

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Snap On Black Collar
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Pop White Piece In Bracket
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Swing Up 2nd Collar
Snap the black plastic collar over the metal elbow to secure it in place.

Pop the white plastic piece near the end of the cable into its "C" shaped metal socket.

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Snap On 2nd Black Collar
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Green Plastic Power Plug
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Connect Step Light Plug
Snap the second black plastic collar over the white plastic piece to secure it in place.

Push the green plastic power plug for the courtesy step light bulb back into its socket.

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Lower Door Panel On Frame
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Re-Insert Door Lock Stalk
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Pull Out Electrical Connector
Lower the top of the plastic door panel on to the upper lip of the metal door frame.

Line up the door lock stalk with its corresponding hole at the top outer corner of the door panel.

Pull the electrical connector for the switch panel out of the opening in the armrest.

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Line Up Pop Rivets
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Firmly Tap In Pop Rivets
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Replace Lower Screw
Line up the white plastic pop rivets on the rear 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.

Replace the Phillips head screw underneath the armrest by turning it in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

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Replace Armrest Screw
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Plug In Switch Panel
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Line Up Switch Panel
Replace the screw into the center of the armrest that was hidden by the switch panel.

Tighten it in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Push the electrical connector for the switch panel back into its socket.

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Push Down - Secure Clips
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Switch Panel Secured
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Replace Two Screws
Line up the retaining clips on the underside of the switch panel with the opening in the armrest.

Firmly push down the switch panel to secure it in place.

Replace the two Phillips head screws behind the door opener handle by turning them in the clockwise direction until they are snug.

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Tighten Clockwise
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Re-Insert Trim Cover
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Push - Secure Trim Piece
Re-insert the small plastic trim cover behind the door opener handle.

Push on the cover until it "clicks" securely into place.

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Line Up Sail Panel
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Push To Secure Pop Rivets
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Door Panel Replaced
Line up the sail panel at the top inner corner of the door panel.

Push the sail panel back into place.

Sit inside the minivan, close the door and verify that the door opener handle, door lock stalk, power window switch, power door lock switch, courtesy step light and speaker all still work properly.

For more, check out all of my 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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