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Mitsubishi Mirage Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 6th generation 2012 to 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage to upgrade the speaker.

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2015 Mirage Door Panel
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Door Opener Handle Screw
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Loosen Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016) Mitsubishi Mirage in removing the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speaker, fix a faulty electrical switch, replace a broken power window motor or add soundproofing material.

Owners of other Mitsubishi vehicles such as the Lancer, Outlander, Galant, Montero, Eclipse, 3000GT, Endeavor, Raider, Diamante, Attrage, Carisma, Colt, Grandis, Magna, Pajero, Space Star and the revised 2017 Mirage may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to take off the door panels include a Phillips head screwdriver, and a plastic automotive panel pry bar tool.

No tools are needed to remove the OEM door speakers.

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Door Handle Screw Removed
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Armrest Well Screw
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Loosen Counterclockwise
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and open the door.

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

Set the screw aside in a safe place.

Then remove the Phillips head screw at the bottom of the door pull handle well in the center of the arm rest by turning it counterclockwise.

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Door Pull Screw Removed
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Two Screws Removed
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Pry Up Sail Panel
Set the armrest screw aside with the other screw.

Move to the top inner corner of the door panel.

Use a plastic automotive panel pry bar tool to gently pry up the bottom edge of the sail panel.

Do not pry at the sides or top of the sail panel. There is a slot on the back of the sail panel attached to a plastic pop rivet button head.

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Slide Sail Panel Up & Off
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Sail Panel Removed
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Outer Edge Screw
Continue sliding up the sail panel until it can be removed.

On some Mitsubishi models, the sail panel may contain a tweeter speaker that needs to be disconnected.

Set the sail panel aside in a safe place.

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

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Phillips Screw Removed
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Three Phillips Screws
Remove the outer edge screw by turning it counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

At this point, you should have removed three screws.

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Pry Up Armrest Panel
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Using Plastic Pry Bar Tool
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Armrest Panel Removed
Use the plastic pry bar tool to gently pry up the armrest panel.

Try to use excessive force and be sure to re-insert the pry bar tool in several locations to loosen the plastic retaining clips.

Turn over the armrest to access the switch panel electrical connectors.

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Push In Release Tab
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Slide Out Power Plugs
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2 Screws Below Armrest
Push in the release tabs on the two power plugs before sliding them straight out of their sockets.
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Remove 2nd Armrest Screw
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5 Screws Removed
Remove the two screws that were hidden by the armrest panel by turning them counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the two armrest screws aside with the other three screws. You should have removed a total of 5 Phillips head screws.

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Pull Out Bottom Edge Panel
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Release Pop Rivets
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Lift Up & Off Door Frame
Insert the plastic pry bar tool in between the bottom edge of the 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.

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

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Two Cables
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Door Lock Cable
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Remove Metal Cylinder
Tilt the top edge of the door panel towards yourself and support the bottom edge with your legs.

To disconnect the door opener handle and door lock rocker switch cables, first pull the plastic collar out of the "C" shaped brackets and then lift the metal cylinder out of their sockets.



 

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Pull Collar Out of Bracket
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Lift Cylinder Out of Socket
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Door Panel Removed
The cable with the yellow plastic collar is the door lock rocker switch cable. The light blue cable is the door opener handle.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

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Metal Door Frame
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Disconnect Power Plug
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Rotate 1/4 Turn CC
The OEM door speaker is located at the bottom inner corner of the door frame.

Press in the release tab on the white plastic speaker power plug before pulling it straight out of the socket.

Rotate the OEM speaker 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it out of the metal door frame.

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OEM Speaker Removed
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Hold Panel Near Frame
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Lower In Metal Cylinder
I recommend purchasing new speakers from Amazon since you can verify which sizes will fit your vehicle and also whether or not you will need an adapter mounting bracket.

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 any vibrations or rattles when you crank up the volume.

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

Lower the metal cylinder at the end of the door lock switch cable (yellow plastic collar) in to the top socket.

Snap the yellow plastic collar in to the bracket.

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Pop Bracket In To Socket
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Pull Out Wires
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Lower Panel On Top Lip
Repeat the process to re-attach the door opener handle cable (blue plastic collar).

Pull the two switch panel wire looms out of the opening in the door panel.

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

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Line Up Plastic Pop Rivets
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Firmly Tap In Fasteners
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Replace Phillips Screws
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 rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Replace the two screws located under the armrest by turning them clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

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Tighten Clockwise
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Replace Outer Edge Screw
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Replace Door Handle Screw
Replace the small Phillips head screw at the outer edge of the door panel by turning it clockwise until it is snug.

Replace the Phillips head screw behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise.

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Push In Electrical Connectors
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Lower Armrest Panel
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Push Down - Secure Clips
Push the two power plugs in to their sockets on the underside of the switch panel.

Line up the retaining clips on the underside of the switch panel with their slots on the door panel.

Lower the switch panel in to place and push it down to secure the retaining clips.

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Line Up Sail Panel
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Slide Down To Secure
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Door Panel Replaced
Line up the sail panel and slide it down in to place.

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

For more, check out all of my 2012-2016 Mitsubishi Mirage DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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