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Hyundai Tucson Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the interior door panels of a 2nd generation 2010 to 2015 Hyundai Tucson to upgrade the OEM speakers.

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2014 Tucson Door Panel
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Door Opener Handle
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Pry Open Screw Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Hyundai Tucson SUV in taking off the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speakers, add soundproofing material, replace a broken power window motor or fix a faulty electrical switch.

Owners of other Hyundai and Kia vehicles such as the Accent, Elantra, Sonata, Azera, Veloster, Tiburon, Genesis, Lavita, Veracruz, Santa Fe, ix35, Equus, Cadenza, Forte, Optima, Rio, Soul, Sedona, Sorento, Spectra and Sportage may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools required to remove the door panel include a small flathead screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver and a large flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel removal tool.

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

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Door Pull Well - Armrest
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Pry Out Screw Cover
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Armrest Screw Cover Removed
The first two steps are to open the door and then lower the window all the way down.

Pry out the square plastic cover behind the door opener handle with a small flathead screwdriver.

Then pry out the round plastic cover at the bottom of the door pull well in the center of the armrest with a small flathead screwdriver.

Set the armrest screw cover aside in a safe place.

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Pry Off Sail Panel
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Sail Panel Removed
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Disconnect Tweeter Speaker
Move to the top inner corner of the door panel and gently pry off the sail panel with a small flathead screwdriver.

Press the release tab on the tweeter speaker power plug and pull the connector straight out of its socket.

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Tweeter Speaker Unplugged
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Pry Out Screw Cover
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Screw Near Inner Edge
Set the sail panel aside in a safe place.

Pry out the round plastic screw cover just below the sail panel with the small flathead screwdriver.

Set the screw cover aside with the other plastic pieces.

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Pry Out Screw Cover
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Two Screws On Outer Edge
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Pry Out Lower Screw Cover
Move to the outer edge of the door panel and pry out the two small round plastic screw covers with the flathead screwdriver.

Set the two screw covers aside with the other plastic pieces that you have removed.

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Lower Outer Edge Screw
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Remove Door Handle Screw
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Door Opener Handle Screw
Remove the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screw aside in a safe place.

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Remove Armrest Screw
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Armrest Phillips Head Screw
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Remove Outer Edge Screw
Remove the Phillips head screw at the bottom of the door pull in the armrest by turning it counterclockwise.
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Screw & Plastic Trim Piece
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Remove Lower Outer Screw
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Pull Out Door Handle Bezel
Remove the two Phillips head screws on the outer edge of the door panel by turning them counterclockwise.

The screws on the outer edge are equipped with plastic washers.

Pull out the plastic bezel that surrounds the door opener handle.

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Remove Inner Edge Screw
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5 Screws & 8 Plastic Pieces
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Insert Flathead Screwdriver
Remove the screw near the inner edge (below the sail panel) by turning it counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

At this point, you should have removed 5 Phillips head screws.

Insert a large flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel removal tool in to the notch at the bottom of the door panel.

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Pry Out Bottom Edge of Panel
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Lift Off Door Panel
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Tilt Away Top of Door Panel
Firmly pry out the bottom edge of the door panel to disengage the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

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

Lift the plastic door panel up and off the metal door frame.

Tilt the top of the door panel towards yourself while supporting the bottom edge with your thighs.



 

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Disconnect Power Plug
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Plastic Door Panel Removed
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Metal Door Frame
Press the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector for the switch panel and pull the plug straight out of its socket.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

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OEM Door Speaker
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Remove Phillips Head Screws
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Pull Out OEM Speaker
Remove the four Phillips head screws that hold the OEM door speaker in place by turning them counterclockwise.

Gently pull the speaker out of the door frame.

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Press Release Tab
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Disconnect Power Plug
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Hold Panel Near Frame
Press the release button on the speaker's black plastic power connector and slide the plug straight out of its socket.

The OEM speakers can be replaced with aftermarket speakers in the following sizes: 5 1/4" (5.25") and 6 1/2" (6.5").

I'd recommend purchasing new speakers from Amazon since you can verify that the speakers fit your vehicle.

If you'd like to reduce road noise and also allow your new speakers to sound their best, apply Dynamat Sound Deadener to the metal door frame. It will help stop vibrations and rattles when you crank up the volume.

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

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Push In Switch Panel Plug
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Lower Panel On Frame
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Line Up Pop Rivets
Push the white plastic electrical connector straight in to the socket on the underside of the switch panel.

Gently lower the plastic panel down on to the lip at the top of the metal door frame.

Line up the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners on the back side of the door panel.

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Tap In Friction Fasteners
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Replace Door Handle Bezel
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Replace Door Handle Screw
Firmly tap in the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Replace the bezel behind the door opener handle.

Re-insert the Phillips head screw behind the door opener handle and tighten it in the clockwise direction

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Pop In Screw Cover
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Replace Outer Edge Screws
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Lower Outer Edge Screw
Push in the small square screw cover behind the door opener handle.

Attach the plastic washers to the screws for the outer edge and re-insert them.

Tighten the outer edge screws by turning them clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

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Pop In Small Screw Covers
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Pop In Lower Cover
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Replace Screw Near Inner Edge
Push in the small round plastic covers over the screws on the outer edge.

Replace the Phillips head screw near the inner edge of the door panel (below the sail panel) and tighten it in the clockwise direction.

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Pop In Screw Cover
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Replace Armrest Screw
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Replace Screw Cover
Pop in the round plastic cover over the screw near the upper inner corner of the door panel.

Replace the Phillips head screw at the bottom of the door pull well in the center of the armrest and tighten it in the clockwise direction.

Pop in the round plastic screw cover at the bottom of the door pull well.

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Push In Tweeter Plug
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Push On Sail Panel
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Door Panel Replaced
Push the power plug for the tweeter speaker back in to its socket.

Line up the friction fasteners on the rear of the sail panel and gently push it back in to place.

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

For more, check out my other Hyundai Tucson DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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