Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels of a 2nd generation 2010 to 2015 Kia Sorento to upgrade the speakers.
2014 Sorento Door Panel
Pry Out Trim Piece
Screw Behind Door Handle
automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist
owners of the second generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 &
2015) Kia Sorento SUV in removing the plastic interior door panels
in order to add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical
switch, replace a broken power window motor or upgrade the OEM door
Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Forte, Cadenza, K900, Rio, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.
The tools needed to remove the door panels include a small flathead screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver, and either an automotive panel removal tool or a large flathead screwdriver.
To remove the OEM door speakers, you'll need an 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet.
Pry Out Rubber Cover
Screw In Arm Rest Well
Outer Edge of Door Panel
|The first two steps
are to open the door and then lower the window all the way down.
Pry out the rectangular trim piece behind the door opener handle with a small flathead screwdriver.
Set the trim piece aside in a safe place.
Then pry out the rubber screw cover at the bottom of the well in the arm rest.
Move to the outer edge of the door panel and locate the round screw cover.
Pry Out Round Screw Cover
Phillips Head Screw
Inner Edge Screw Cover
|Pry out the round
screw cover with a small flathead screwdriver.
Then move to the inner edge of the door panel and pry out the round plastic screw cover.
Set the two screw covers aside in a safe place.
Screw Cover Removed
Door Handle Trim Piece
Pry Out At Small Notch
|Next, move to the
rear edge of the silver trim cover on the door pull handle.
Locate the notch and insert the blade of your small flathead screwdriver.
Gently pry up the bottom edge of the trim cover.
Trim Cover Removed
Remove Phillips Head Screw
Upper Door Pull Handle Screw
pulling off the trim cover to release the other retaining clips.
Remove the screw behind the door opener handle by rotating it counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.
Remove the screw at the top of the door pull handle by turning it counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.
Lower Door Pull Handle Screw
Remove Arm Rest Screw
Remove Outer Edge Screw
|Then remove the
Phillips head screw near the bottom of the door pull handle just below the
Remove the Phillips head screw in the arm rest well.
Remove the Phillips head screw on the outer edge of the door panel.
Screw & Plastic Piece
Remove Inner Phillips Screw
Pry Off Sail Panel
|When you remove the
screw on the outer edge, it should remain attached to a round plastic piece.
Move to the top inner corner of the door panel and gently pry off the triangular shaped sail panel.
Sail Panel Removed
Disconnect Tweeter Speaker
Six Screws Removed
|Press the release
tab on the tweeter speaker's power plug to disconnect.
At this point, you should have removed 4 plastic panels, 2 screw covers and 6 Phillips head screws.
Notch In Bottom Edge
Pull Out Pop Rivets
Plastic Pop Rivets Removed
|Locate the small
notch cut out in the bottom edge of the door panel.
Insert either a large flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel pry bar tool in to the notch.
Firmly pull out the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners on the bottom edge of the door panel.
Continue pulling out the pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.
Lift Panel Off Frame
Two Cables - Lock & Handle
Press In Release Tab
|Lift the door panel
up and off the metal door frame.
Tilt the top of the door panel towards yourself while supporting the bottom with your legs.
The door lock rocker switch and door opener handle cables are held in place to the door panel by a plastic bracket.
Pull Bracket Off Panel
Disconnect Power Plug
|Press in the small
black plastic release tab on the rear edge of the bracket and lift it out of
Then press the release tab on the switch panel's white plastic electrical connector and slide it straight out of the socket.
Door Panel Removed
Metal Door Frame
|Set the plastic
door panel aside in a safe place.
The OEM door speaker is located at the lower inner edge of the metal door frame.
OEM Speaker Power Plug
Disconnect Power Plug
Loosen 8mm Speaker Bolts
|Press the release
tab on the speaker's white plastic electrical connector and slide it
straight out of the socket.
Loosen the four bolts that hold the speaker in place by rotating them counterclockwise with an 8mm socket and a ratcheting wrench.
Four Bolts Removed
Pull Off Door Speaker
Power Window Motor 10mm
|Pull the OEM
speaker out of the door frame.
The OEM speaker can be replaced with aftermarket speakers in the following sizes: 6 1/2" (6.5") and 6 3/4" (6.75").
If you need to replace a broken power window motor, it is held in place by 10mm bolts.
To help reduce road noise and allow your new speakers to sound their best, apply some Dynamat Sound Deadener to the metal door frame. It will stop vibrations and rattles when you crank up the volume.
Hold Door Panel Near Frame
Push In Electrical Connector
Re-Insert Cables Bracket
|To replace the door
panel, hold it near the door frame and tilt the top edge towards yourself.
Push the white plastic power plug back in to the socket below the electrical switch panel.
Re-insert the front edge of the door lock and door opener handle cables bracket in to the mount and then pop in the rear edge.
Snap In Bracket
Lower Door Panel On Frame
Line Up Friction Fasteners
|Make sure that the
cables bracket is securely in place.
Lower the door panel on to the top lip of the metal door frame.
Line up the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners on the back of the door panel with their corresponding holes in the metal door frame.
Firmly Tap In Pop Rivets
Replace Outer Edge Screw
Pop In Screw Cover
|Firmly tap in the
pop rivets all along the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.
Replace the screw on the outer edge of the door panel attached to the plastic piece by turning it clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.
Pop in the small round plastic screw cover.
Connect Tweeter Speaker
Line Up Sail Panel
Push On Sail Panel
|Push the electrical
connector for the tweeter speaker straight in to its socket.
Line up the friction fasteners on the rear of the sail panel and gently push it back in to place.
Replace Inner Edge Screw
Push On Screw Cover
Replace Screw Below Arm Rest
Phillips head screw near the inner middle edge of the door panel by turning
Push the round plastic screw cover back in to place.
Replace the Phillips head screw at the bottom of the door pull handle by turning it clockwise.
Replace Upper Door Pull Screw
Line Up Trim Panel
Push On Trim Panel
|Replace the screw
near the top of the door pull handle close to the door opener handle.
Line up the trim panel over the door pull handle and gently tap it back in to place.
Replace Phillips Head Screw
Re-Insert Trim Piece
Trim Piece Replaced
Phillips head screw behind the door opener handle by turning it clockwise.
Push in the small plastic trim piece behind the door opener handle.
Tighten Arm Rest Screw
Replace Rubber Cover
Door Panel Replaced
|Replace the screw
at the bottom of the well in the center of the arm rest.
Push the rubber cover back in to place at the bottom of the well.
Sit inside the vehicle, close the door and verify that the door opener handle, door lock rocker switch, power window switch and power door lock switch all still work properly.
For more, check out my other
Kia Sorento DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
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