How to Remove a Toyota Prius Door Panel
It is sometimes necessary to remove a car's door panel if you are upgrading the stereo system with better speakers, trying to find an electrical problem or even want to install new door panels. Removing the door panel on a Prius is not that difficult, and only requires a few tools and a minimum of expertise.
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver with tape on the end
Remove the screw that holds on the window control switch, with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the switch up and disconnect the plug. Set the switch aside.
Remove the small insert that covers the screw located behind the door-grip handle (not the door latch) by sliding it towards the back and out. Remove the screw under the insert, with the Phillips screwdriver.
Remove the black plastic cover that conceals a screw located behind the door latch. Use a flathead screwdriver wrapped in tape to gently pry up the edge of the cover and then pull it out. Remove the screw with a Phillips-head screwdriver.
Gently pull the door panel off of the door. The panel is retained by clips that press into holes in the door. Prius door panels are made of two different sections that are glued together. To avoid cracking the bond where they are glued together, do not pull on the lower part of the panel to remove the clips on the top part of the panel. Pull on the top edge of the panel to pull out the clips on the top edge.
Pull the door panel up and away from the door. If there are wires that were not disconnected, then disconnect them now.