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Jeep Patriot Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panel in a 1st generation 2007 to 2016 Jeep Patriot to upgrade the speaker.

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2016 Patriot 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 first generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Jeep Patriot SUV in removing the plastic interior door panels in order to add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch, replace a broken power window motor or upgrade the OEM speaker.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and RAM vehicles such as the Compass, Renegade, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, 500, Town & Country, 200, 300, Pacifica, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, RAM 1500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster Van may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools required to remove the door panel and the OEM speaker include a flathead screwdriver, a plastic automotive panel pry bar tool, a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench, a Torx T25 socket, a Torx T20 screwdriver and also a Torx T25 screwdriver.

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Door Opener Handle
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Pry Out Lower Trim Cover
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Trim Panel Removed
(If you just want to upgrade the OEM door speaker, skip down the page to the speaker grille removal steps.)

The first two steps are to roll the power window all the way down and then open the passenger door.

Move to the top inner corner of the door panel and gently pry off the triangular shaped sail panel with a flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive panel removal tool.

Then pull back the chrome colored door opener handle and locate the small notch on the lower trim panel.

Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver in to the notch and gently pry out the trim cover.

Set the trim panel aside in a safe place.

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Pry Out Screw Cap
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Armrest Well Screw
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Pry Off Speaker Grille
Pry out the round plastic screw cover at the bottom of the door pull handle well in the armrest with a flathead screwdriver.

Set the screw cap aside in a safe place.

Move to the speaker grille at the bottom inner corner of the door panel and gently pry it off with a flathead screwdriver.

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Speaker Cover Removed
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Remove Door Handle Screw
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Torx T-25 Screw Removed
Set the speaker cover aside in a safe place.

Remove the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it counterclockwise with a Torx T25 star bit screwdriver.

Set the screw aside with its corresponding trim cover.

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Remove Armrest Screw
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Torx T25 Screw Removed
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Remove 10mm Bolt
Then remove the screw in the bottom of the door pull handle at the center of the armrest by turning it counterclockwise with a Torx T-25 star bit screwdriver.

Set the T25 armrest screw aside in a safe place.

Locate the two bolts on the bottom edge of the door panel.

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2nd Bolt - Lower Edge
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Two 10mm Bolts Removed
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10mm Bolt - Inner Edge
Remove the two bolts on the bottom edge of the door panel by turning them counterclockwise with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Set the two bolts aside in a safe place.

There are two more 10mm bolts located on the inner edge of the door panel near the OEM door speaker.

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Remove 10mm Bolt
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10mm Bolt - Bottom Corner
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Two 10mm Bolts Removed
Remove the two 10mm bolts by turning them counterclockwise.

One bolt is located near the top inner corner of the door speaker and other is near the bottom inner corner of the speaker.

Set the two bolts aside in a safe place.

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Black Metal T20 Screw
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T20 Speaker Screw Removed
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2nd T20 Speaker Screw
The OEM door speaker is held in place by four screws.

Two of the screws are Torx T20 and other two are Torx T25.

Remove the black metal Torx T20 screws by turning them counterclockwise.

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2nd Black T20 Screw
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Remove T25 Speaker Screw
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T-25 Screw Removed
Remove the two silver metal Torx T25 screws by turning them counterclockwise.
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2nd T25 Screw
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2nd Silver T25 Speaker Screw
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Pull Out Old Speaker
Set the four speaker screws aside in a safe place.

Pull the OEM door speaker out of the door frame.

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Disconnect Power Plug
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Pry Out Middle Panel
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Middle of Panel Removed
Press in the release tab on the electrical connector for the OEM door speaker before pulling it straight out of the socket.

The OEM door speaker can be replaced with aftermarket speakers in the following sizes: 5 1/4" (5.25"), 6 1/2" (6.5") and 6"x9". For some sizes, you might need an adapter bracket.

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

To help reduce road noise and make your new speakers sound their best, apply some Dynamat Sound Deadener to the metal door frame. It will stop vibrations and rattles when you crank up the volume.

If you'd like to remove the rest of the door panel, follow the next steps.

Pry out the middle part of the door panel with the plastic automotive pry bar tool.

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Screws & Plastic Pieces
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Disconnect Switch Panel Plug
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Plastic Retaining Rod
Press in the release tab on the grey plastic electrical connector for the switch panel before pulling it straight out of its socket.

The middle part of the door panel is held in place by two metal plastic rods attached to retaining clips.

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Disconnect Bar From Clip
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Remove 2nd Retaining Clip
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Center Part Disconnected
Disconnect the small bars at the end of the flexible plastic rods from their retaining clips to detach the middle part of the door panel.
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Window Motor T25 Screws
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Third T25 Screw
Remove the three Torx T25 screws that secure the door panel to the power window motor by turning them counterclockwise.
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Three Window Motor Screws
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Loosen 10mm Bolt
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10mm Bolt Removed
Set the three T25 power window motor screws aside in a safe place.

There are two 10mm bolts near the middle of the door panel that were hidden by the recently removed center piece.

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2nd 10mm Bolt - Inner
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Remove 2nd 10mm Bolt
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White Plastic Bracket
Remove the two bolts by turning them counterclockwise with the 10mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Set the two 10mm bolts aside in a safe place.

There is a white plastic bracket near the middle of the outer edge of the door panel on the back side.

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White Bracket - Behind Panel
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Torx T25 Socket
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Remove Torx T25 Screw
The white plastic bracket is held in place by a single screw.

Use a Torx T25 socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench to remove the screw on the back side of the white plastic bracket by turning it counterclockwise.

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T25 Screw Removed
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Pull Out Two Retaining Tabs
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Lift Door Panel Off Frame
Set the T25 screw aside in a safe place.

Pull the two retaining tabs on the white plastic bracket out of their slots on the door panel.

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

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Tilt Away Top Edge
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Pull Off Tan Plastic Collar
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Disconnect Door Handle Bar
Tilt the top edge of the door panel towards yourself while supporting the bottom edge with your legs.

Pull the tan plastic collar off the door opener handle bar.

Lift the metal door opener handle bar out of its socket.

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Wire Harness
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Pull Harness Out of Clips
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Pull Up Metal Hook
Pull the wire harness out of its retaining socket.

Pull the two metal "L" hooks out of their plastic sockets.



 

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Release 2nd Metal Hook
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Wires In Plastic Loop
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White Plastic Window Motor
The wire harness is held in place by a plastic loop.
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Pry Open Plastic Loop
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Interior Door Panel Removed!
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Metal Door Frame
Pry open the plastic loop with a flathead screwdriver.

Now you can, finally, set the plastic interior door panel aside in a safe place.

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Hold Panel Near Frame
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Re-Insert Wire Harness
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Plastic Hooks - Bottom Edge
To replace the door panel, hold it near the door frame.

Re-attach the wire harness.

Re-insert the plastic hooks at the bottom of the door panel in to the metal door frame.

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Line Up Metal Hooks
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Replace Door Handle Bar
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Re-Insert Door Lock Stalk
Line up the metal "L" shaped hooks and re-attach them to their sockets.

Replace the door handle opener handle bar in to its socket.

Pop the tan plastic "C" collar over the door opener handle bar.

Re-insert the door lock stalk in to the door panel.

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Re-Attach Window Motor
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Tighten T25 Clockwise
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3rd Screw Secured
Line up the white plastic power window motor and tighten the three Torx T25 screws in the clockwise direction.
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Re-Attach Metal Hook
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2nd Metal Hook Secured
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Line Up Window Motor Track
Make sure the two metal "L" hooks are re-attached to their slots on the door frame.

Line up the bolt hole on the power window motor track with the bolt hole in the door panel.

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Bolt Hole Lined Up
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Re-Insert 10mm Bolt
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Tighten 10mm Clockwise
Re-insert the 10mm bolt and tighten it in the clockwise direction.
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Middle 10mm Bolt
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Tighten 10mm Clockwise
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White Plastic Inner Bracket
Re-insert the two 10mm bolts in the middle section of the door panel and tighten them in the clockwise direction.

Re-attach the two tabs on the white plastic bracket in to their slots.

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Re-Attach Two Plastic Tabs
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Re-Insert Torx T25 Screw
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Tighten T25 Clockwise
Re-insert the single T25 screw and tighten it in the clockwise direction.
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Install Door Speaker
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Re-Insert Torx T20 Screw
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Tighten T20 Clockwise
Install the door speaker and replace the four screws.

The two black metal screws are T20 and the two silver screws are T25.

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Top T20 Screw
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Tighten Top T20 Screw
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Tighten Lower T25 Screw
Tighten the four screws in the clockwise direction.
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Top T25 Speaker Screw
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Tighten Top T25 Screw
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Line Up Middle Panel
Line up the middle panel with the door panel.
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Push In Power Plug
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Re-Attach To Clip
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Re-Attach Second Bar
Push in the power plug for the electrical panel in to its socket.

Re-attach the two small cylinders for the two retaining rods for the middle panel.

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Firmly Tap In Middle Panel
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Re-Insert Lower 10mm Bolt
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Tighten 10mm Clockwise
Firmly tap in the middle panel.

Re-insert the two 10mm bolts along the inner edge of the door speaker.

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Inner Edge - 10mm Bolt
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Tighten 10mm Clockwise
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Bottom of Panel - 10mm
Re-insert the two 10mm bolts along the bottom edge of the door panel.
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Tighten 10mm Clockwise
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2nd 10mm - Bottom of Panel
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Tighten 10mm Clockwise
Tighten the two 10mm bolts by turning them in the clockwise direction.
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Armrest T25 Screw
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Tighten T25 Clockwise
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Pop In Screw Cap
Replace the Torx T25 screw at the bottom the door pull handle in the armrest by turning it clockwise.

Pop in the round screw cap.

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Door Pull Handle Screw
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Tighten T25 Clockwise
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Line Up Trim Cover
Replace the T25 screw behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise.

Push in the trim panel over the screw behind the door opener handle.

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Pop In Trim Piece
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Line Up Sail Panel
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Push Sail Panel In Place
Push the sail panel back in to place at the top inner corner of the door panel.
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Line Up Speaker Cover
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Firmly Tap On Cover
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Door Panel Replaced
Line up the speaker grille and firmly tap it back in to place.

Sit inside the SUV, 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 2007-2016 Jeep Patriot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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