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Hyundai Santa Fe Front Door Panel Removal Guide
How to remove and re-install the front door panels in a 2007-2012 Hyundai Santa Fe with picture illustrated instructions.

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Front Door Interior Panel
Flip Open Screw Cover
Screw Below Door Handle

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation 2007 to 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV in removing the interior panels on the front doors in order to replace the speakers, replace the power window motor or add soundproofing material.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Tucson, Veracruz, Accent, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Genesis, Equus, Forte, Optima, Sorento, Rio, Soul, Sportage and Sedona may also find this guide to be helpful.

The only tools needed for this procedure are a small flathead screwdriver and a standard sized Phillips head screwdriver.

Begin by opening one of the front doors and prying off the small plastic cover just below the door handle knob that hides a single Phillips head screwdriver.

Remove Door Handle Screw
Remove Screw Cover
Screw Below Tweeter
Remove the single screw below the door handle with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Then move to just below the tweeter speaker housing and pry off the round screw cover. Remove the Phillips head screw below the cover.

Lower Panel Screw
Removing Phillips Head
Pop Out Screw Cover
Move to the lower part of the panel near the door hinge and remove the exposed Phillips head screw.
Screw Below Armrest
Remove Arm Rest Screw
The final screw is located behind a round cover just below the armrest. Pop out the screw cover with a small flathead screwdriver and remove the screw with the Phillips head screwdriver.
Remove Door Handle Tray
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Gently Pull On Panel
Remove the plastic tray behind the door handle. I later realized that it would have been easier to remove the door panel if I had popped off the tweeter speaker housing first. Pry up one edge of the tweeter housing with a small flathead screwdriver and gently pull on the housing until the plastic friction fasteners give way.

Use the lip of the storage bin at the bottom of the door panel to gently pull the panel until it separates from the door frame. The panel is held to the door frame by several blue plastic friction fasteners. Don't worry if one or two of them suffer minor damage when removing the panel. The panel will still hold securely in place when re-installed later.

Disconnect Courtesy Light
Power Window/Locks Wires
Disconnect Switch Connector
Once the panel is loose, gently lift the bottom edge away from the door frame and disconnect the courtesy light's power connector.

The last thing holding the panel to the door frame is the power connector for the power window switch and the power door locks. Depress the tab on the white plastic power connector while wiggling it out of the socket on the door panel.


OEM Stock Speaker 6.5"
Power Window Motor
Front Door Panel Removed
To remove the stock OEM 6.5" (6 1/2") speaker, carefully drill out the rivets located around the edge of the speaker.

The power window motor is held in place by three Torx screws.

Reconnect Door Switches
Front Door Tweeter Removed
To re-install the door panel, first re-connect the power connector for the window and locks.
Lower Panel On Door
Courtesy Light Connector
Courtesy Light Re-Attached
Then gently lower the door panel down onto to the door frame while angling the bottom part out a bit.

Plug the power connector for the courtesy light back into place.

Blue Plastic Fasteners
Line Up Fasteners & Holes
Push Panel In Place
Line up the blue plastic friction fasteners on the rear of the door panel with the holes in the door frame. Gently push on the outside of the door panel until the fasteners are securely in place. Check that the door panel rests flush against the door frame.
Pop In Panel Fasteners
Line Up Tweeter Fasteners
Push Tweeter Back On
Line up the friction fasteners on the back of the tweeter housing with the holes on the door frame and push it back into place.
Replace Door Handle Tray
Replace Door Handle Screw
Snap On Screw Cover
Pull the door handle out and slip the door handle tray back into place. Replace the Phillips head screw and snap the cover back into place.
Replace Armrest Screw
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Replace Armrest Screw Cover
Replace the screw below the armrest and replace the plastic cover.
Lower Door Panel Screw
Replace Screw Below Tweeter
Replace Screw Cover
Replace the screw on the lower part of the panel near the door hinge and replace the screw below the tweeter housing along with the screw cover.

For more, visit my Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Repair & Maintenance Guides page.

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