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Hyundai Elantra Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the interior door panels and upgrade the speakers in a 6th generation 2017 to 2020 Hyundai Elantra.

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2018 Elantra Door Panel
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Pry Off Sail Panel
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Plastic Pry Bar Tool
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and probably also the upcoming 2021 model year) Hyundai Elantra sedan 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 Hyundai, Genesis or Kia vehicles such as the Sonata, Accent, Veloster, Ioniq, Kona, Nexo, Venue, Tucson, Santa Fe, Palisade, G70, G80, G90, Soul, Sportage, Niro, Sorento, Telluride, Rio, Forte, Optima, Stinger, Cadenza, K900, Sedona and Seltos 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 door speaker, you will need an 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.

The power window motor can be removed with a Torx T20 star bit screwdriver or a 7mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet.

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

Locate the triangular shaped black plastic "sail" panel at the top inner corner of the door panel.

Use the plastic pry bar tool to gently pull off the sail panel.



 

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Sail Panel Removed
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Well In Armrest
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Pry Open Screw Cover
Set the sail panel aside in a safe place.

On some Hyundai / Kia models, the sail panel may contain a tweeter speaker with an electrical connector that will have to be unplugged.

Move to the door pull handle and storage well in the center of the armrest.

Locate the small notch (cutout) on the rear edge of the plastic screw cover in the bottom of the door pull handle well.

Use a small flat head screwdriver to gently pry open the screw cover.

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Armrest Screw Exposed
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Remove Armrest Screw
Use a standard Phillips head screwdriver to loosen the single screw in the counterclockwise direction.

Set the screw aside in a safe place.

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Notch - Bottom Edge
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Pull Out Pop Rivets
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Release Friction Fasteners
Move to the bottom edge of the door panel.

Locate the notch on the metal door frame closer to the front of the door panel.

Insert the plastic pry bar tool or a large flat head screwdriver in between the metal door frame and the plastic door panel.

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.

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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 top of the plastic 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 with your legs.

Push in the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector for the tweeter speaker before sliding the power plug straight out of its socket.

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Unplug Tweeter Speaker
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Two Cables & Bracket
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Push In Release Tab
Locate the bracket for the door opener handle cable and the door lock rocker switch cable.

Push in the black plastic release tab on the rear edge of the bracket to release it from the mount on the back side of the door panel.

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Lift Up Rear Edge
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Cables Bracket Removed
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Switch Panel Connector
Lift up the rear edge of the bracket out of the mount and then remove it from the back side of the door panel.

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

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Disconnect Power Plug
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Door Panel Removed
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Metal Door Frame
Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) front door speaker is located at the front middle area of the metal door frame.

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Remove Stuck Pop Rivet
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Re-Attach To Door Panel
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OEM Door Speaker
If any of the blue plastic pop rivet fasteners remained attached to the metal door frame, pry them out with a pop rivet removal tool.

Then re-attach the pop rivets to the back side of the plastic door panel.

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Disconnect Speaker Plug
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Hold Panel Near Frame
Push in the release tab on the electrical connector for the door speaker before sliding it straight out of its socket.

Remove the four bolts that secure the speaker to the door frame by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with an 8mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

The OEM front door speakers can be replaced with aftermarket car speakers in these sizes: 6 1/2" and 6 3/4".

I highly recommend applying some Dynamat sound deadener to the metal door frame and the back side of the door panel.

The sound deadener will help stop the vibrations and rattles when you turn up the volume on your new speakers.

If you need to change a broken power window motor, the fasteners can be removed with a Torx T20 screwdriver or a 7mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

To replace the plastic door panel, hold it near the metal door frame and tilt the top edge towards yourself to access the back side of the panel.

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Lower In Front Bracket
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Push Down Rear Edge
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Re-Insert Connector
Line up the bracket for the door opener handle and door lock rocker switch cables with the mounting point on the back side of the door panel.

First, lower in the front edge of the bracket into the mount.

Then lower the back side of the bracket down towards the door panel.

Push on the bracket until it clicks securely into place.

Push in the electrical connector for the switch panel back into its socket. You should feel or hear the power plug "click" securely into place.

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Tweeter Speaker Plug
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Lower Panel On Frame
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Line Up Pop Rivets
Push the electrical connector for the tweeter speaker back into its socket.

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

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

Then look behind the door panel and line up the plastic pop rivets with their corresponding holes in the metal door frame.

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Tap In Pop Rivets
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Line Up Sail Panel
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Push To Secure Fasteners
Firmly tap in the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Line up the friction fasteners on the back side of the sail panel with the window frame near the top front corner of the door panel.

Push the sail panel back into place to secure the friction fasteners.

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Replace Single Screw
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Close Plastic Cover
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Door Panel Replaced
Replace the screw into the bottom of the well in the armrest by turning it in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Gently pop the plastic screw cover down into place.

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

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

For more, please check out all of my 2017-2020 Hyundai Elantra DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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