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Nissan Murano Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 2nd generation 2009 to 2014 Nissan Murano to upgrade the speakers.

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2014 Murano Door Panel
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Door Opener Handle
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Pry Out Plastic Trim Piece

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Nissan Murano SUV in removing 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 Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Pathfinder, Sentra, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, Teana, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35, QX56, QX60 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to take off the door panel include a small flathead screwdriver, a 10mm socket, a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench and a large flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel removal pry bar tool.

To replace the OEM door speaker, you'll need a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench or a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Trim Panel Removed
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Pry Up Rear of Switch Panel
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Switch Panel Removed
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and then open the door.

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

Set the trim panel aside in a safe place.

Gently pry up the rear edge of the switch panel with a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive panel pry bar.

Pull out the switch panel from the door panel and turn it over to access the electrical connector.

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Electrical Connector
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Press In Release Tab
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Pry Up Rear of Arm Rest
Press in the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding the plug straight out of its socket.

Gently pry up the rear edge of the armrest with a plastic tool or a flathead screwdriver.

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Gently Pull Off Arm Rest
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Remove 10mm Bolt
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10mm Arm Rest Bolt
Pull the arm rest straight off the door panel.

Remove the bolt behind the door opener handle by turning it counterclockwise with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Remove the 10mm bolt that was hidden by the armrest by turning it counterclockwise.

Set the two bolts aside in a safe place.

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10mm Switch Panel Bolt
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3 Panels & 3 Screws
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Pull Out Bottom Edge
Remove the 10mm bolt that was hidden under the switch panel by turning it counterclockwise.

Set the bolt aside with the other bolts and plastic panels.

Insert a large flathead screwdriver or automotive panel removal 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 disengage the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

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Pop Rivets Released
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Disconnect Step Light
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Pull Out Other Pop Rivets
Look behind the bottom edge of the door panel and disconnect the courtesy step light bulb housing by pressing the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector.

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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Tilt Top Edge Towards You
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2 Cables - Handle & Lock
Lift the door panel straight up and off the metal door frame.

Tilt the top edge of the door panel towards yourself and support the bottom with your legs.

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Pop Out Plastic Collar
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Lift Metal Bar Out of Socket
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Door Opener Handle Cable
Pull the white plastic collar near the end of the door lock switch cable out of the bracket.

Lift the metal bar at the end of the cable out of its socket.

Then pop the plastic collar near the end of the door opener handle out of the bracket.

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Lift Out Metal Cylinder
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Door Handle Cable Released
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Plastic Panel Removed
Lift the metal cylinder at the end of the door opener handle cable out of the socket.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.



 

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Metal Door Frame
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Pry Out Stuck Fastener
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OEM Door Speaker
Check to see if any of the plastic pop rivets are still attached to the door frame.

If so, pop them out and slide them back in to place on the back side of the plastic door panel.

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10mm Speaker Screws
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Hold Panel Near Frame
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Lower Cylinder In Socket
The OEM door speaker is held in place by three screws that can be removed with either a 10mm socket or a Phillips head screwdriver.

According to Crutchfield, the OEM door speakers can be replaced by aftermarket 6 3/4" (6.75") sized speakers.

I recommend buying new speakers from Amazon since you can verify that they will fit your vehicle and also whether or not you will need a mounting bracket.

If you'd like to reduce road noise and allow your new speakers to sound their best, apply some Dynamat Sound Deadener to the metal door frame. It will help stop vibrations and 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 opener handle in to the lower socket.

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Pop In Plastic Collar
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Re-Insert Metal Bar
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Both Cables Replaced
Pop in the plastic collar in to the bracket.

Re-insert the metal bar at the end of the door lock switch cable in to its socket.

Pop the plastic collar back in to the bracket.

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Pull Out Power Plug
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Push Down Panel On Frame
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Plug In Courtesy Light
Pass the electrical connector for the switch panel through the opening in the door panel.

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

Push in the power plug for the courtesy step light at the bottom of the door panel.

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Firmly Tap In Pop Rivets
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Replace Armrest Screw
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Replace Switch Panel 10mm
Firmly tap in the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Replace the 10mm screws near the armrest and the switch panel by turning them clockwise until they are snug.

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Replace Door Handle Bolt
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Re-Insert Plastic Panel
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Trim Piece Replaced
Replace the 10mm bolt behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise.

Pop in the plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle.

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Push In Power Plug
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Re-Insert Hook - Front Edge
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Push Down Switch Panel
Push the large white plastic electrical connector straight in to its socket on the underside of the switch panel.

Re-insert the hook at the front edge of the switch panel in to opening on the door panel.

Gently push down the rear edge of the switch panel to secure it in place.

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Line Up Armrest Panel
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Armrest Replaced
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Door Panel Re-Installed
Gently push the armrest panel back down in to place to secure the retaining clips.

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

For more, check out my other 2009-2014 Nissan Murano DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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