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Hyundai Sonata Door Panel Removal Guide
How to remove the interior door panels in a 2011, 2012 and 2013 Hyundai Sonata with picture illustrated instructions.

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Hyundai Sonata Door Panel
Armrest Storage Area
Pry Up Screw Cover

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation (2011, 2012 & 2013) Hyundai Sonata in removing the front interior door panels in order to upgrade the speaker, add soundproofing material or replace the power window motor.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Elantra, Accent, Veloster, Tucson, Santa Fe, Veracruz, Genesis, Forte, Optima, Rio, Soul, Sedona, Sorento, Tiburon and Sportage may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panels include a small flathead screwdriver, and a Phillips head screwdriver. A panel removal tool can also be helpful.

To remove the OEM door speakers, you'll need a Torx T-20 screwdriver. Either a 5 1/4" or 6 1/2" aftermarket speaker will fit in the front or rear doors with the use of a bracket.

Remove Phillips Screw
Arm Rest Phillips Screw
Remove Side Mirror Trim
The first step is to use the small flathead screwdriver to pry up the small square cover in the arm rest storage area that hides a single Phillips head screw. Remove the screw with a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

Then move to the trim piece that covers the side view mirror and gently pry it off with the flathead screwdriver. It is held in place by three friction fasteners.

Interior Door Pull
Pry Out Door Handle Trim
Door Handle Trim Removed
The other Phillips head screw that needs to be removed is hidden by the plastic trim piece behind the door pull lever. Gently pry out the rectangular trim piece with the small flathead screwdriver.
Remove Phillips Head Screw
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Pry Off Door Panel
Remove the Phillips head screw behind the door pull trim piece with the screwdriver and set it aside in a safe place.
Pulling Out Door Fasteners
Releasing X-Mas Tree Clips
Swing Out Bottom of Panel
Once the two screws and the side view mirror trim piece have been removed, you can begin releasing the Christmas tree friction fasteners that hold the panel to the door frame.

A door panel removal tool makes the process easier but it can also be done just by pulling with your hands.

Disconnect Door Lock Plug
Power Window Connector
Pull Out Power Plug
Lift up the bottom of the door panel and reach in to disconnect the power connectors for the power window motor switch and the power door lock switch.

Press the small release tabs on the power connectors before pulling them straight out from their sockets.


Lock & Door Pull Cables
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Release Tab - Blue Arrow
The last things holding the door panel to the door frame are the two cables for the door release handle and the door lock/unlock rocker switch.

If you just want to swap out the OEM speaker or replace the power window motor, you don't need to fully remove the door panel.

If you do want to fully remove the door panel, press the small black plastic release tab located in between the two cables to remove the door pull & lock/unlock mechanism. The release tab is illustrated with a blue arrow in Picture 21 above.

Door Panel Removed
OEM Door Speaker
Torx T-20 Remove Screws
The OEM door speaker is held in place by four Torx screws. Use a Torx # T-20 screwdriver to remove them and pull the speaker out of the inner door panel.
Four T-20 Screws Removed
Pull Out Door Speaker
Press Release Tab
Press down on the power connector's release tab and pull it straight out of the socket.
Power Connector Removed
Door Speaker Opening
Power Window Motor
Either a 5.25" or a 6.5" aftermarket speaker will fit into the opening with a bracket. I'd recommend ordering your new speakers from Crutchfield since they provide the brackets and any power connector adapters that you might need.
Remove Power Connector
3 Torx T-20 Screws
Hang Panel On Door
If you need to replace the power window motor, press the release tab on the power connector and pull it straight out.

Then remove the three screws holding the motor in place with a Torx T-20 screwdriver.

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Connect Power Plugs
To begin re-installing the door panel, first hang the top part on the lip of the door frame.

Then re-connect the power plugs for the door lock and window switch by reaching in from underneath. Push them straight into their sockets. I'd recommend testing the power window switch and power door lock switch before continuing on.

Line Up Panel Fasteners
Push In Door Fasteners
Line up the "Christmas Tree" friction fasteners on the door panel with the holes in the door frame and carefully push them together. Apply pressure all around the door panel to ensure that all the fasteners are securely in place.
Side View Mirror Trim
Push Trim Piece On
Replace Door Pull Screw
Replace the side view mirror trim piece by pushing it straight on to the door frame.

Replace the Phillips head screw behind and just above the door pull handle.

Re-insert the rectangular black plastic trim piece behind the door pull handle.

Replace Door Handle Trim
Replace Arm Rest Screw
Door Panel Replaced
The last two steps are to replace the Phillips head screw in the arm rest storage area and flip the screw cover closed.

For more, check out my Hyundai Sonata Repair & Maintenance Guides page.

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