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Honda Civic Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 10th generation 2016 to 2019 Honda Civic to upgrade the speaker.

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2016 Civic Door Panel
Plastic Switch Panel
Pry Out Front Edge
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the tenth generation 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Honda Civic in taking off the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or change a broken power window motor.

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Accord, Insight, Clarity, Fit, HR-V, CR-V, Pilot, Passport, Odyssey, Ridgeline, ILX, MDX, RDX, NSX, RLX and TLX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a plastic pry bar tool and a Phillips head screwdriver.

To remove the OEM front door speakers, you'll need an 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.

The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and then fully open the door. I chose to start with the front passenger door. The steps are the same or very similar for the front driver side door and the two rear doors.

If you live in a cold climate, I recommend doing this inside of a warm garage with a space heater to prevent from breaking any of the plastic parts. Plastic tends to be more brittle when cold and more flexible when warm.

Insert the blade of the plastic pry bar tool or a small flat head screwdriver in between the front edge of the switch panel and the arm rest.


Pry Along Side
Pry Up Rear Edge
Pull Off Switch Panel
Gently pry up the front edge of the switch panel to release the plastic retaining clips.

Continue prying along the side and then the rear edge of the switch panel.

Try to avoid using excessive force.

The switch panel should pop out relatively easily.

Turn over the switch panel to access the electrical connector.

Electrical Connector
Push In Release Tab
Pull Out Power Plug
Push in the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding it straight out of its socket.

If the release button is very stiff, you can use the plastic pry bar tool or a flat head screwdriver to push it in.

Set the switch panel aside in a safe place.

Armrest Screw Exposed
Loosen Counterclockwise
Armrest Screw Removed
Once the switch panel is out of the way, you'll be able to see the single silver metal screw in the center of the arm rest.

Remove the screw by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screw aside with the switch panel.

(Unlike most other cars, the door opener handle is not part of the door panel and will remain attached to the door frame.)

Insert Pry Bar Tool
Pull Out Bottom Edge
Plastic Pop Rivets
Insert the 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 Door Panel Off Frame
Door Panel Removed
Set Aside Door Panel
Carefully lift the door panel up and off the upper lip on the top of the metal door frame.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

Metal Door Frame
OEM Door Speaker
Loosen Counterclockwise
The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) speaker is located at the bottom inner corner of the door frame.

Remove the single bolt that holds it in place by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with either an 8mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.


Speaker Screw Removed
Pry Off Old Speaker
Electrical Connector
Set the speaker screw aside in a safe place.

The speaker might still be attached to the door frame by some double sided adhesive tape on the back side of the speaker.

Use the pry bar tool to gently loosen the adhesive until the speaker can be removed.

Push In Release Tabs
Old Speaker Removed
TFF7362 Part Number
Push in the two release tabs on the electrical connector before pulling it straight off the old speaker.

The OEM speaker part number is Honda TFF7362.

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

I highly recommend adding 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.

Hold Panel Near Frame
Hang Panel On Frame
Line Up Pop Rivets
(If you would like to replace or upgrade the tweeter speaker in the sail panel at the top inner corner of the door frame, do that before replacing the door panel.)

To replace the door panel, hold it near the door frame.

Carefully lower the top of the door panel on to the upper lip on the door frame.

Line up the plastic pop rivets on the back side of the door panel with their corresponding holes in the door frame.

Firmly Tap In Fasteners
Tweeter Speaker
Pull Out Power Plug
Firmly tap in the friction fasteners all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Make sure that the door panel is flush with the door frame at every edge.

Pull the electrical connector for the switch panel out of the opening in the armrest at the middle of the door panel.

Replace Armrest Screw
Line Up Switch Panel
Push In Power Plug
Replace the armrest screw by turning it in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver until it is snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screw to prevent from damaging the plastic door panel.

Push the electrical connector straight into its socket on the bottom of the switch panel.

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

Lower Switch Panel
Push Down To Secure Clips
Door Panel Replaced
Line up the plastic retaining clips on the underside of the switch panel with their corresponding slots in the armrest.

Push down the switch panel to secure it into place.

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

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

Please check out all of my 2016-2019 Honda Civic DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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