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DIY: How to remove the door panels off a 2010+ 3rd gen Prius

There are times when you need to access the door frame. Replacing your OEM speaker is usually the primary reason, but you may also need to remove the glass, replace the actuators, remove your side rearview mirrors or install JDM power folding side mirrors. This guide will show you how to remove the door panel from your 3rd generation Toyota Prius.

Step 1

Take a flat head screwdriver and pop out the inner door handle cap. The cap is snapped into place and can be removed easily. I recommend pulling the door handle to gain clearance.

3rd gen Prius door panel removal: Removing the inner door handle cap

Step 2

Remove two Philips screws; one from the the door handle after the cap has been removed and a second Philips screw in the storage pocket on the door arm rest.

3rd gen Prius door panel removal: inner door handle cap removed.

3rd gen Prius door panel removal: Philips screw in the pocket of door arm rest

Step 3

Pull the door panel off the door frame. The door panel is secured onto the door frame via 8 push clips. The following photo illustrates where these clips are located. Start the panel removal process by placing your fingers on the bottom edge of the door panel, between the speaker and the courtesy light. Gently pull, but with force, placing emphasis on the yellow arrows to remove the door panel.

3rd gen Prius door panel removal: Pull door panel from door frame

These clips hold the door panel in place:

3rd gen Prius door panel removal: door panel push clips

If any push clips are separated from the panel and lodged on the door frame, use a needle nose plier or wire crimping tool to pull it out of the panel.

Step 4

Disconnect the courtesy light.

3rd gen Prius door panel removal: Disconnect the courtesy light

Step 5

Disconnect the main control switch.

3rd gen Prius door panel removal: Disconnect the main control switch

Step 6

Disconnect the manual lock and unlock cables by maneuvering the ball joint out of their socket. Green cable goes on the bottom in case you forget. If you lock yourself inside the car after removing the door panel, pull the green cable at the ball joint to open the door.

3rd gen Prius door panel removal: Disconnect the manual door lock and unlock cables

Step 7

Once all connectors have been disconnected, gently lift the door panel up and away from the door frame:

3rd gen Prius door panel removal: door frame exposed

This is what the door panel looks like from the inside:

3rd gen Prius door panel removal: door panel removed

Step 9

Installation is the reverse of removal process. The same instruction applies to rear doors.

2 thoughts on “DIY: How to remove the door panels off a 2010+ 3rd gen Prius

  1. Jason Davidson

    I'm looking to replace the actuators on three of my 2010 Prius doors. The weird thing is the driver's side is not one of them. The rest are not working. Anyhow, I'm hoping these instructions are pretty much the same for the other doors.

  2. Rob Kibler

    I found these instructions very helpful. I got stuck when trying to remove the main control switch connector. I didn't realize it was tabbed. One I depressed the tab, it came out easily. Thanks for these clear instructions.

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