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Jeep Renegade Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels and upgrade the OEM door speakers in a Jeep Renegade SUV.

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2016 Renegade Door Panel
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Door Opener Handle
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Ply Out Plastic Trim Piece

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and possibly also the 2019 and 2020 model years) Jeep Renegade SUV in taking off the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or replace a broken power window motor.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM or Fiat vehicles such as the 200, 300, Pacifica, Town & Country, Avenger, Charger, Challenger, Journey, Dart, Durango, Magnum, Grand Caravan, Fiat 500 500X or 500L, Fiat 124 Spider, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Compass, Liberty, Patriot, ProMaster, 1500 and C/V Tradesman minivan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panel include a small flathead screwdriver, a plastic pry bar tool, a Phillips head screwdriver, a 5mm hex head socket or a 5mm Allen key wrench and a Torx T20 star bit screwdriver.

To replace the OEM speaker or the power window motor, you'll need a Torx T25 screwdriver.

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Plastic Trim Cover Removed
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Pry Out Rubber Cover
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Rubber Cover Removed
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and open the door.

Then use either a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool to remove the plastic trim piece located behind the door opener handle.

Set the plastic trim piece aside in a safe place.

Then pry out the rubber cover at the bottom of the door pull handle well near the center of the armrest.

Set the rubber cover aside with the plastic trim piece.

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Pry Out Plastic Cover
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Side Cover Removed
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Remove 2nd Side Cover
Move to the outer edge of the door panel and pry out the two rectangular shaped plastic screw covers with the flathead screwdriver.
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2nd Cover Removed
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Remove Door Handle Screw
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Remove Armrest Screw
Set the two screw covers aside with the other pieces.

Remove the bolt located behind the door opener handle by turning it counterclockwise with a 5mm hex head socket or a 5mm Allen key wrench.

Then remove the bolt at the bottom of the door pull handle well near the center of the armrest by turning it counterclockwise with the 5mm hex head socket or wrench.

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Screw Removed
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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2nd Screw Removed
Set the two bolts aside with the trim piece and rubber cover.
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Bottom Edge Screw
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Remove Counterclockwise
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Remove Side Screws
Move to the bottom edge of the door panel and remove the single screw by turning it counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Then move to the outside edge of the door panel and remove the two Phillips head screws by turning them counterclockwise.

Set the two screws aside with their corresponding plastic covers.

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Pry Up Switch Panel
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Switch Panel Removed
Carefully pry up the switch panel by using a flathead screwdriver or the plastic pry bar tool.

Turn over the switch panel to access the electrical connectors.

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Press Release Tab
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Disconnect Power Plugs
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Switch Panel Removed
Press in the release tabs on the electrical connectors before sliding them straight out of their sockets.

Set the switch panel aside with the other plastic pieces and fasteners.

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Lower Armrest Bolt
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Bolt Removed
Locate the second armrest bolt that was hidden by the switch panel.

Remove the bolt by turning it counterclockwise with a 5mm hex head socket or an Allen key wrench.

Set the bolt aside with the other fasteners.

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3 Screws & 3 Bolts
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Pry Out Bottom Edge
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Plastic Pop Rivets Released
Insert the plastic pry bar tool or a large flathead screwdriver in between the bottom edge of the plastic 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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Power Door Lock Plug
Lift the plastic door panel up and off 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.

Press in the release tab on the small electrical connector for the power door lock switch before sliding it straight out of its socket.

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Door Handle & Locks Cables
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Remove Screws
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2nd Screw
Locate the black plastic assembly that contains the door opener handle, door lock switch and their cables.

Remove the three screws that secure the assembly to the back of the door panel by turning them counterclockwise with a Torx T-20 star bit screwdriver.



 

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Remove 3rd Screw
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Three Screws Removed
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Door Panel Removed
Set the three screws aside in a safe place.

Carefully pull the door opener handle and door lock switch assembly off the rear of the door panel.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

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Metal Door Frame
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OEM Door Speaker
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Power Window Motor
The OEM door speaker is located at the bottom inner corner of the door frame.

To remove the OEM door speaker, loosen the four screws by turning them counterclockwise with a Torx T25 screwdriver.

The OEM door speakers can be replaced with aftermarket speakers in the following sizes: 5 1/4" (5.25"), 6 1/2" (6.5") and 6"x9".

I highly recommend applying some Dynamat Sound Deadener to the metal door frame around the speakers. It will help stop vibrations and rattles when you really crank up the volume.

If you need to replace the power window motor, it is also held in place by Torx T25 screws.

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Hold Door Panel Near Frame
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Push In Power Plug
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Re-Insert Door Handle
To replace the door panel, hold it near the door frame and tilt the top edge towards yourself.

Push in the small power plug for the door lock switch in to its socket.

Line up the door opener handle and power door lock rocker switch assembly with the opening in the back side of the door panel.

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Plastic Tab - Front Edge
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Re-Install Assembly
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Replace 3 Screws
Re-insert the plastic tab at the front edge of the assembly in to its corresponding slot.

Push the door opener handle, door lock and two cables assembly into place.

Replace the three screws by turning them clockwise with the Torx T20 screwdriver.

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Tighten Clockwise
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Pull Out Connectors
Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic assembly.

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

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Lower Panel On Frame
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Line Up Pop Rivets
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Firmly Tap In Fasteners
Lower the top edge of the plastic door panel on to the upper lip of the metal door frame.

Line up the white plastic pop rivets on the back side 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.

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Replace Bottom Screw
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Lower Side Screw
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Pop In Plastic Cover
Move to the bottom edge of the door panel and replace the single screw by turning it clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Replace the two screws on the outside edge of the door panel by turning them clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

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Replace Top Side Screw
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Snap In Top Screw Cover
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Push In Power Plugs
Push the two plastic screw covers back into place on the outer edge of the door panel.

Push the electrical connectors back in to their sockets on the underside of the switch panel.

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Replace Lower Armrest Screw
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Re-Insert Switch Panel
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Switch Panel Replaced
Replace the bolt located under the switch panel by turning it clockwise with the 5mm hex head socket.

Push the switch panel down into place over the armrest.

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Replace Armrest Screw
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Re-Insert Rubber Cover
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Replace Door Handle Screw
Replace the bolt in to the bottom of the door pull handle well by turning it clockwise with the 5mm hex head socket or a 5mm Allen key wrench.

Replace the 5mm hex head bolt behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise.

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Line Up Plastic Trim Piece
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Snap In Plastic Cover
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Door Panel Replaced
Push the plastic trim piece back in to place behind the door opener handle.

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

For more, please check out all of my Jeep Renegade DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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