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Ford Mustang Interior Door Panels Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels and upgrade the speakers in a 6th generation 2015 to 2022 Mustang

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2019 Mustang Door Panel
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Bottom Edge - 2 Screws
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Loosen Inner Screw
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the S550 sixth generation 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 Ford Mustang in taking off the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM door speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or replace a broken power window motor.

(The 7th generation S650 Ford Mustang is supposed to be released in 2022 as a 2023 model year vehicle.)

Owners of other Ford and Lincoln vehicles such as the Fusion, Taurus, Escape, EcoSport, Flex, Expedition, Bronco, Ranger, Transit, F-150, C-Max, Fiesta, Focus, Edge, MKZ, Continental, Corsair, Nautilus, Aviator and Navigator may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panel include a small flat head screwdriver, a 7mm socket, a 10mm socket, an extension bar, a 1/4" drive ratchet, a plastic pry bar tool and a pair of needle nose pliers.

The lower OEM door speaker is also held in place by 7mm screws.

The first two steps are to fully lower the power window and open the door.

Locate the two small black metal screws on the bottom edge of the door panel.



 

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Inner Screw Removed
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Loosen Outer Screw
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Outer Screw Removed
Loosen the two screws on the lower edge of the door panel by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with the 7mm socket, a short extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

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Door Opener Handle
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Pry Out Trim Cover
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Trim Piece Removed
Move to the chrome silver door opener handle and locate the black plastic trim cover situated behind it.

Use a small flat head screwdriver to gently pry out the trim cover from behind the door opener handle.

Try to avoid using excessive force. The trim cover should pop out relatively easily.

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Retaining Clip & Tabs
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Pry Up Switch Panel
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Gently Pry Up Rear Edge
Set the trim cover aside in a safe place.

Move down to the switch panel in front of the armrest.

Gently pry up the front and side of the switch panel with the plastic pry bar tool.

Continue prying up the side and rear of the switch panel to loosen all of the metal retaining clips.

Avoid using excessive pressure to prevent from cracking the plastic switch panel.

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Switch Panel Removed
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Push In Release Tab
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Switch Panel Detached
Lift the switch panel off the armrest and turn it over to access the electrical connector.

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

Set the switch panel aside in a safe place.

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

Set the black metal bolt aside with its small plastic trim cover.

Next, locate the black metal bolt that was hidden by the switch panel in the center of the armrest.

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Loosen Armrest Bolt
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Needle Nose Pliers
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Trim Pieces, Bolts, Screws
Loosen the armrest bolt by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Set the bolt aside with the switch panel.

At this point, you should have removed the small plastic trim cover, the switch panel, two small 7mm screws and two 10mm bolts.

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Pry Out Bottom Edge
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Release Pop Rivets
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Friction Fasteners

Insert the plastic pry bar tool or a large flat head screwdriver 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 pop rivets.

Continue carefully pulling out the friction fasteners 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 Away Top Edge
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Push In Release Tab
Lift the plastic door panel up and off the upper lip of the metal door frame.

Tilt the top edge of the door panel towards yourself for better access to the back side.

Push in the release tab on the gray plastic electrical connector before pulling it straight out of the socket.

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Slide Out Gray Plug
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Door Handle Cable
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Two Plastic Barbs
Locate the door opener handle cable.

There are two plastic "barbs" that jut out from the side of the black plastic mounting collar which secure it into the bracket.

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Pinch Together Barbs
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Slide Out Plastic Collar
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Lift Out Metal Cylinder
Use a pair of needle nose pliers to squeeze together the two barbs until you can slide the black plastic collar out of the mounting bracket.

Swing out the collar away from the door panel until you can lift the metal cylinder at the end of the cable out of its socket.

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Disconnect Small Plug
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Door Panel Removed
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Metal Door Frame
Push in the release tab on the small black and red plastic electrical connector before sliding it straight out of the socket.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

The OEM midrange door speaker is situated at the top inner corner of the metal door frame.

The midrange speakers can be replaced with aftermarket car speakers in the following sizes: 2 3/4", 3 1/2" and 2".

The lower door speaker can be replaced with speakers in the following sizes: 6 1/2" and 6 3/4".

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Remove Speaker Plug
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Loosen Speaker Screws
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3 Screws Removed
Push in the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding out of the socket on the speaker.

The lower speaker is held in place by three 7mm screws.

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Pull Out OEM Speaker
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Midrange Speaker
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Hold Panel Near Frame
Carefully pull the old speaker straight out of the door panel.

I highly recommend applying some Dynamat sound deadener to the metal door frame and the back side of the plastic door panel to help stop vibrations and rattles when you crank up the volume.

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

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Push In Small Power Plug
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Door Opener Cable
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Lower Cylinder In Socket
Push the red and black plastic electrical connector straight into its socket.

Lower the metal cylinder at the end of the door opener handle cable into its socket.

Swing the cable towards the door panel.

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Push In Plastic Collar
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Push In Grey Power Plug
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Pull Out Switch Panel Plug
Slide the black plastic collar into the "C" shaped socket until the two barbs "click" securely into place.

Pull the gray plastic electrical connector for the switch panel out of the opening in the middle of the door panel.

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Metal Hook - Top Inner
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Lower Panel On Frame
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Line Up Pop Rivets
Lower the top edge of the door panel on to the upper lip of the metal door frame.

Make sure the front inner corner of the door panel goes over the top of the metal hook situated near the side view mirror housing.

Line up the white 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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Attach Bolt With Tape
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Tighten Bolt Clockwise
Firmly tap in the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Attach the black metal bolt for the armrest to the 10mm socket with some tape.

I chose to use blue painter's tape.

Tighten the armrest bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

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Replace Handle Bolt
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Tighten Screws Clockwise
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Second Lower Screw
Replace the bolt behind the door opener handle by turning it in the clockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Replace the two small screws into the bottom edge of the door panel by turning them in the clockwise direction with the 7mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

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Push In Switch Panel Plug
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Line Up Retaining Clips
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Tap In Friction Fasteners
Push the electrical connector for the switch panel back into its socket.

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

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

Push down on the switch panel to secure it into place.

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Plastic Trim Cover
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Pop Cover In Place
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Door Panel Replaced
Line up the small plastic trim cover and push it back into place behind the door opener handle.

Sit inside the car, close the door and verify that the door opener handle, power window switch, power door lock switch and the speakers are all working properly.

Be sure to write down the speaker upgrade in your vehicle's service records.

For more, please check out all of the 2015-2022 Ford Mustang DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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