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Kia Sorento Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels of a 2nd generation 2010 to 2015 Kia Sorento to upgrade the speakers.

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2014 Sorento Door Panel
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Pry Out Trim Piece
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Screw Behind Door Handle

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Kia Sorento 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 door speakers.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Forte, Cadenza, K900, Rio, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

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

To remove the OEM door speakers, you'll need an 8mm socket with a ratcheting wrench.

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Pry Out Rubber Cover
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Screw In Arm Rest Well
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Outer Edge of Door Panel
The first two steps are to open the door and then lower the window all the way down.

Pry out the rectangular trim piece behind the door opener handle with a small flathead screwdriver.

Set the trim piece aside in a safe place.

Then pry out the rubber screw cover at the bottom of the well in the arm rest.

Move to the outer edge of the door panel and locate the round screw cover.

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Pry Out Round Screw Cover
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Phillips Head Screw
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Inner Edge Screw Cover
Pry out the round screw cover with a small flathead screwdriver.

Then move to the inner edge of the door panel and pry out the round plastic screw cover.

Set the two screw covers aside in a safe place.

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Screw Cover Removed
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Door Handle Trim Piece
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Pry Out At Small Notch
Next, move to the rear edge of the silver trim cover on the door pull handle.

Locate the notch and insert the blade of your small flathead screwdriver.

Gently pry up the bottom edge of the trim cover.

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Trim Cover Removed
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Remove Phillips Head Screw
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Upper Door Pull Handle Screw
Gently continue pulling off the trim cover to release the other retaining clips.

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

Remove the screw at the top of the door pull handle by turning it counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

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Lower Door Pull Handle Screw
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Remove Arm Rest Screw
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Remove Outer Edge Screw
Then remove the Phillips head screw near the bottom of the door pull handle just below the arm rest.

Remove the Phillips head screw in the arm rest well.

Remove the Phillips head screw on the outer edge of the door panel.

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Screw & Plastic Piece
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Remove Inner Phillips Screw
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Pry Off Sail Panel
When you remove the screw on the outer edge, it should remain attached to a round plastic piece.

Move to the top inner corner of the door panel and gently pry off the triangular shaped sail panel.

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Sail Panel Removed
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Disconnect Tweeter Speaker
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Six Screws Removed
Press the release tab on the tweeter speaker's power plug to disconnect.

At this point, you should have removed 4 plastic panels, 2 screw covers and 6 Phillips head screws.

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Notch In Bottom Edge
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Pull Out Pop Rivets
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Plastic Pop Rivets Removed
Locate the small notch cut out in the bottom edge of the door panel.

Insert either a large flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel pry bar tool in to the notch.

Firmly pull out the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners on the bottom edge of the door panel.

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

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Lift Panel Off Frame
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Two Cables - Lock & Handle
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Press In Release Tab
Lift the door panel up and off the metal door frame.

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

The door lock rocker switch and door opener handle cables are held in place to the door panel by a plastic bracket.

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Bracket Released
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Pull Bracket Off Panel
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Disconnect Power Plug
Press in the small black plastic release tab on the rear edge of the bracket and lift it out of the mount.

Then press the release tab on the switch panel's white plastic electrical connector and slide it straight out of the socket.

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Electrical Connector
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Door Panel Removed
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Metal Door Frame
Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

The OEM door speaker is located at the lower inner edge of the metal door frame.



 

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OEM Speaker Power Plug
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Disconnect Power Plug
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Loosen 8mm Speaker Bolts
Press the release tab on the speaker's white plastic electrical connector and slide it straight out of the socket.

Loosen the four bolts that hold the speaker in place by rotating them counterclockwise with an 8mm socket and a ratcheting wrench.

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Four Bolts Removed
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Pull Off Door Speaker
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Power Window Motor 10mm
Pull the OEM speaker out of the door frame.

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

If you need to replace a broken power window motor, it is held in place by 10mm bolts.

To help reduce road noise and allow your new speakers to 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.

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Hold Door Panel Near Frame
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Push In Electrical Connector
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Re-Insert Cables Bracket
To replace the door panel, hold it near the door frame and tilt the top edge towards yourself.

Push the white plastic power plug back in to the socket below the electrical switch panel.

Re-insert the front edge of the door lock and door opener handle cables bracket in to the mount and then pop in the rear edge.

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Snap In Bracket
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Lower Door Panel On Frame
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Line Up Friction Fasteners
Make sure that the cables bracket is securely in place.

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

Line up the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners on the back of the door panel with their corresponding holes in the metal door frame.

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Firmly Tap In Pop Rivets
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Replace Outer Edge Screw
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Pop In Screw Cover
Firmly tap in the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Replace the screw on the outer edge of the door panel attached to the plastic piece by turning it clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Pop in the small round plastic screw cover.

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Connect Tweeter Speaker
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Line Up Sail Panel
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Push On Sail Panel
Push the electrical connector for the tweeter speaker straight in to its socket.

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

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Replace Inner Edge Screw
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Push On Screw Cover
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Replace Screw Below Arm Rest
Replace the Phillips head screw near the inner middle edge of the door panel by turning it clockwise.

Push the round plastic screw cover back in to place.

Replace the Phillips head screw at the bottom of the door pull handle by turning it clockwise.

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Replace Upper Door Pull Screw
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Line Up Trim Panel
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Push On Trim Panel
Replace the screw near the top of the door pull handle close to the door opener handle.

Line up the trim panel over the door pull handle and gently tap it back in to place.

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Replace Phillips Head Screw
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Re-Insert Trim Piece
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Trim Piece Replaced
Replace the Phillips head screw behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise.

Push in the small plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle.

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Tighten Arm Rest Screw
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Replace Rubber Cover
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Door Panel Replaced
Replace the screw at the bottom of the well in the center of the arm rest.

Push the rubber cover back in to place at the bottom of the well.

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

For more, check out my other Kia Sorento DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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