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Kia Sedona Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels and upgrade the speakers in a 3rd generation 2015 to 2018 Kia Sedona.

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2015 Sedona Door Panel
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Pry Out Trim Cover
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Trim Piece Removed

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and perhaps also the updated 2019 and 2020 model years) Kia Sedona minivan 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 speakers.

Owners of other Kia or Hyundai models such as the Grand Carnival, Sorento, Sportage, Niro, Soul, K900, Stinger, Cadenza, Optima, Rio, Forte, Genesis, Sonata, Ioniq, Santa Fe, Tucson, Elantra and Accent may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to take off the interior door panel include a small flathead screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver and a large flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

To replace the OEM door speaker, you'll need either a Phillips head screwdriver or an 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet.

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Pry Out Rubber Cover
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Rubber Cover Removed
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Remove Door Handle Screw
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and then fully open the door.

Use a small flathead screwdriver or plastic pry bar tool to gently remove the plastic trim cover located behind the door opener handle.

Set the plastic trim piece aside in a safe place.

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

Set the rubber cover aside in a safe place.

Remove the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Phillips Screw Removed
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Remove Armrest Screw
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Two Covers & 2 Screws
Set the Phillips head screw aside with its corresponding plastic trim piece.

Remove the Phillips head screw at the bottom of the door pull well by turning it counterclockwise.

Set the screw aside with the rubber cover.

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Pull Off Sail Panel
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Sail Panel Removed
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Pull Out Bottom Edge
Use the plastic pry bar tool to gently pry off the sail panel located at the top front corner of the door frame.

The sail panel is held in place by three plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

(On some Kia or Hyundai models, the sail panel may contain a tweeter speaker that needs to have the electrical connector disconnected.)

Set the sail panel aside in a safe place.

Move to the bottom edge of the door panel.

Slide a large flathead screwdriver or the plastic pry bar tool in between the metal door frame and the plastic door panel.

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Release Plastic Pop Rivets
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Friction Fasteners Released
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Pull Door Panel Up & Off
Firmly pull out the bottom edge of the door panel to release the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

Continue releasing the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Carefully lift the top edge of the door panel up and off the upper lip on the metal door frame.

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Tilt Away Top of Panel
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Two Cables Assembly
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Push In Release Tab
Tilt the top edge of the door panel away from the door panel and support the bottom edge with your legs.

Locate the plastic assembly that houses the door opener handle cable and the door lock rocker switch cable.

Gently push in the black plastic release tab on the rear end of the assembly to release it from the mounting bracket.

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Lift Assembly Out of Bracket
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Release Electrical Connector
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Door Panel Removed
Pull out the rear edge of the assembly from the bracket.

Then lift out the two plastic tabs on the front edge of the assembly from the bracket.

Push in the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector before pulling it straight out of its socket on the underside of the switch panel.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.



 

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Metal Door Frame
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Four OEM Speaker Screws
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Hold Panel Near Frame
The OEM door speaker is located at the middle front part of the metal door frame.

It is held in place by four screws that can be removed with a Phillips head screwdriver or an 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet.

The OEM front door speakers can be replaced with aftermarket car speakers in the following sizes: 6 1/2" (6.5") and 6 3/4" (6.75").

I highly recommend applying some Dynamat sound deadener to the metal door frame to help prevent rattles and vibrations when you really crank up the volume.

To replace the plastic door panel, hold it near the door frame and tilt the top edge towards yourself.

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Push In Power Plug
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Line Up Cables Assembly
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Re-Insert Front Edge Tabs
Push the white power plug back into the socket on the underside of the switch panel until it "clicks" securely into place.

Line up the two cable holder assembly with the bracket on the back side of the door panel.

Re-insert the two black plastic tabs on the front edge of the holder into the bracket.

Then gently lower the rear edge of the assembly and push it into the bracket until it clicks securely into place.

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Push Down Rear Edge
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Lower Door Panel On Frame
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Line Up Pop Rivets
Double check that the cables assembly is securely in place.

Lower the top edge of the door panel down on to the upper lip on the metal door frame.

Line up the plastic pop rivets on the back side of the door panel with their corresponding holes in the metal door frame.

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

Then replace the screw into the bottom of the well in the armrest by turning it clockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Next, replace the screw behind the door opener handle by turning it in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

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Lower In Rubber Cover
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Rubber Cover Replaced
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Pop In Plastic Trim Piece
Push the rubber cover back down into place in the door pull handle well.

Then gently snap in the plastic trim cover behind the door opener handle.

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Line Up Sail Panel
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Sail Panel Secured
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Door Panel Replaced
Line up the three friction fasteners on the back side of the sail panel with their corresponding holes at the top front corner of the door panel.

Push the sail panel back into place.

(If your vehicle is equipped with a tweeter speaker in the sail panel, be sure to re-insert the power plug.)

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

For more, please check out all of my Kia Sedona DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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