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Volvo XC60 Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 1st generation 2010 to 2017 Volvo XC60 to upgrade the speakers.

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2017 Volvo XC60 Door Panel
Two Screws Under Armrest
Loosen Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) Volvo XC60 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 Volvo vehicles such as the XC90, XC70, S90, S80, S60, S40, C30, C70, V90, V70, V60 and V40 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panel include a Torx T25 screwdriver and a plastic automotive pry bar tool.

The OEM front door speaker is held in place by three Torx T25 screws.

Second T-25 Screw
Two Screws Removed
Gently Pry Off Sail Panel
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and then open the door.

Locate the two screws under the door pull handle in the center of the armrest.

Remove the two screws by turning them counterclockwise with a Torx T25 star bit screwdriver.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

Move to the top inner corner of the door frame by the sail panel that contains the tweeter speaker and BLIS (blind spot information system) LED indicator light.

Loosen Inner Edge
Sail Panel Removed
Disconnect Tweeter Speaker
Use the plastic automotive panel pry bar tool to gently remove the sail panel.

You may need to re-insert the pry bar at several locations to fully disengage the three metal friction fasteners that hold the sail panel in place.

Push in the release tab on the grey plastic electrical connector for the tweeter speaker before pulling it straight out of its socket.

Disconnect Blind Spot Light
Pull Out Bottom Edge
Disengage Snap Fasteners
Push in the release tab on the green plastic power plug for the BLIS light before disconnecting it.

Move to the bottom edge of the door panel.

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

Firmly pull out the bottom edge of the door panel to disengage the snap together fasteners.

Plastic Friction Fasteners
Disconnect Courtesy Step Light
Pull Out Top Edge
Continue pulling apart the snap together plastic connectors all long the bottom edge and both sides of the door panel.

Disconnect the green plastic power plug for the LED courtesy step light at the bottom of the panel.

The top edge of the door panel is still held in place to the door frame by some metal tabs on the frame that are inserted in to plastic slots on the rear of the door panel.

Carefully pull the top edge of the door panel away from the door frame.

Disconnect Top Fasteners
Slot On Top Edge Panel
Slots Along Top Edge
Once you have released all of the metal friction fastener clips along the top edge, tilt the door panel towards yourself.
Unplug Switch Panel
Remove Blue Power Plug
Remove Door Handle Cable
Disconnect the green plastic and blue plastic power plugs for the switch panel and door lock switch.

Gently pull the black plastic bracket for the door opener handle cable off the back side of the panel.

Pull Off LED Light Bracket
Door Panel Removed
Metal Door Frame
Then gently pull the black plastic bracket for the LED accent lights off the back side of the panel.

Alternatively, you could just disconnect the white plastic power plug for the LED accent lights.

Set the door panel aside in a safe place.

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


Disconnect Speaker Plug
Three Speaker Screws
Hold Panel Near Frame
Push in the release tab on the grey plastic power plug before disconnecting it from the speaker.

Remove the three speaker screws by turning them counterclockwise with a Torx T-25 screwdriver.

The OEM front door speakers can be replaced with aftermarket speakers in the following sizes: 5 1/4" (5.25"), 6 1/2" (6.5") and 6 3/4" (6.75").

I recommend applying some Dynamat Sound Deadener to the door panel to help your new speakers sound their best by stopping any rattles or vibrations when you crank up the volume.

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

Push In Green Power Plug
Replace Blue Connector
Line Up Door Handle Cable
Push in the green power plug and the blue power plug back in to their sockets.

Carefully re-attach the bracket for the door opener handle cable.

Snap Back In To Place
LED Accent Light Bracket
Push Back In To Place
Push the LED accent light bracket back in to place, or replace the white plastic power plug.
Re-Insert Door Lock Stalk
Line Up Top Fasteners
Push To Secure Fasteners
Re-insert the door lock stalk in to the opening at the top outer corner of the door panel.

Line up the slots on the back side of the door panel with their corresponding metal friction fasteners on the door frame.

Firmly push the top edge of the door panel in place to secure the friction fasteners.

Plug In Courtesy Step Light
Line Up Snap Fasteners
Firmly Tap To Secure
Push in the green plastic power plug for the courtesy step light.

Line up the black plastic connectors on the back side of the door panel with their corresponding white plastic buttons on the metal door frame.

Firmly tap on the bottom edge of the door panel and both sides to secure the snap together connectors.

Screws Under Armrest
Tighten T-25 Clockwise
Two Screws Replaced
Replace the two screws under the door pull handle in the middle of the armrest by turning them clockwise with the Torx T25 screwdriver until they are snug.
Sail Panel
Plug In Tweeter Speaker
Plug In "BLIS" Light
Replace the power plugs for the tweeter speaker and the BLIS (blind spot indicator) system light.
Line Up Blue Metal Clips
Push On Sail Panel
Door Panel Replaced
Line up the three metal retaining clips on the back side of the sail panel with their corresponding slots and push it back in to place.

Sit inside the vehicle, close the door and verify that the door opener handle, door lock stalk, power window switch, power door lock switch and speakers all still work properly.

For more, check out all of my 2010-2017 Volvo XC60 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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