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

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2017 Murano Door Panel
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Pry Off Sail Panel
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Sail Panel Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and probably also the refreshed 2019 & 2020 model years) Nissan Murano 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 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles such as the Rogue, Pathfinder, Armada, Versa, Sentra, Altima, Maxima, Leaf, 370Z, GT-R, Frontier, Titan, NV200, Q50, Q70, Q60, QX30, QX50, QX60, QX70 and QX80 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panel include a small plastic pry bar tool, a flathead screwdriver, a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

The OEM door speaker can be removed with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.



 
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Pry Up Rear of Switch Panel
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Pry Out Side 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 fully open the door.

Use a plastic pry bar tool to gently pry off the sail panel located at the top inner corner of the door panel.

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

Then gently pry up the rear edge of the switch panel and the side of the switch panel until it can be fully removed.

Do NOT pry up the front of the switch panel. There is a plastic hook at the front of the switch panel.

Lift out the switch panel and turn it over to access the electrical connector.

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Push In Release Tab
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Switch Panel Disconnected
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Pry Out Trim Cover
Firmly push in the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector before sliding it straight out of its socket.

Set the switch panel aside in a safe place.

Next, move to the door pull well in the center of the armrest.

There is a plastic trim piece that covers two screws.

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Screw Cover Removed
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Pry Out Trim Piece
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Trim Piece Removed
Pry out the trim cover and set it aside in a safe place.

Move to the door opener handle.

Gently pry out the trim piece located behind the door opener handle with a flathead screwdriver.

Set the trim piece aside in a safe place.

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Single Bolt Exposed
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Door Handle Bolt Removed
Remove the single bolt located behind the door opener handle by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Set the bolt aside with its corresponding trim cover.

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Two Armrest Screws
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Remove Second Screw
Remove the two screws near the center of the armrest by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

You could also use a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Two Screws Removed
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4 Plastic Pieces & 3 Fasteners
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Pull Out Bottom Edge
Set the two screws next to their corresponding trim cover so you don't mix them up later on.

At this point, you should have removed four plastic panels or covers, one bolt and two screws.

Insert the plastic pry bar tool in between the bottom edge of the door panel and the metal door frame.

Firmly pull out the pop rivet friction fasteners all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

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Pop Rivet Fasteners Released
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Lift Door Panel Off Frame
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Tilt Away Top Edge
Once all of the pop rivets have been released, you can lift the door panel off the upper lip of the metal door frame.

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



 

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Pull Out Plastic Collar
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Lift Out Metal Bar
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Door Lock Switch Cable
Locate the cables that operate the door lock rocker switch and the door opener handle.

The cable for the door lock switch is located closer to the top of the door panel.

Pull the white plastic collar out of the "C" shaped socket in the cracket.

Then lift the metal elbow out of its socket.

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Pull Out Plastic Collar
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Door Opener Handle Cable
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Door Panel Removed
Then pull out the plastic collar near the end of the door opener handle cable out of the "C" shaped socket in the bracket.

Swing out the cable and lift the metal ball out of its socket.

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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Disconnect Power Plug
The OEM door speaker is located at the bottom inner corner of the door frame.

Push in the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector before sliding it straight out of its socket.

The speaker is held in place by three screws that can be removed with either a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.

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").

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Hold Door Panel Near Frame
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Metal Ball Into Socket
Loosen the three screws on the OEM speaker by turning them in the counterclockwise direction.

For the best possible sound from your new speakers, I recommend applying some Dynamat sound deadener to the metal door frame to help stop vibrations and rattles when you crank up the volume.

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

Lower the metal ball at the end of the door opener handle cable into the lower socket on the back side of the door panel.

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Pop Collar Into Bracket
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Metal Elbow - Door Lock Cable
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Snap Collar Into Bracket
Push the white plastic collar near the end of the cable into the bracket.

Then re-insert the metal 90 degree elbow at the end of the door lock switch into its socket closer to the top of the door panel.

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Pass Cable Through Armrest
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Upper Lip On Door Frame
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Lower Panel On Frame
Pass the cable for the switch panel through the opening in the armrest.

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

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Line Up Pop Rivets & Holes
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Firmly Tap In Pop Rivets
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Spin In Two 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 rivet friction fasteners all long the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Spin in the two black metal screws a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction near the center of the armrest.

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Tighten Screws Clockwise
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Armrest Screws Secured
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Spin In 10mm Bolt
Tighten the two screws by turning them in the clockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Spin in the silver 10mm bolt behind the door opener handle a few turns in the clockwise direction.

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Tighten Bolt Clockwise
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Line Up Trim Cover
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Pop In Trim Piece
Tighten the silver bolt in the clockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Push the trim cover back into place over the two black metal screws near the center of the armrest.

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Door Opener Handle
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Push In Bolt Cover
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Push In Switch Panel Plug
Push the small trim piece back into place behind the door opener handle.

Push the white plastic electrical connector for the switch panel back into its socket.

You should hear or feel the power plug "click" securely into place.

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Plastic Hook - Front End
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Re-Insert Switch Panel
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Push Down - Secure Clips
Turn over the switch panel and lower it towards the opening in the armrest.

Insert the plastic hook on the front edge of the switch panel down into place first.

Then lower the rear of the switch panel and push on it to secure the retaining clips.

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Line Up Sail Panel
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Push On Sail Panel
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Door Panel Replaced
Line up the pop rivets on the back side of the sail panel with the top inner corner of the door frame and push it back into place.

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

Be sure to record the speaker upgrade, electrical switch replacement or power window motor replacement in your vehicle's service records.

For more, please check out all of my 2015-2018 Nissan Murano DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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