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How to Remove the Door Panel on a Honda Civic

by Russell Wood

The door panels on a Honda Civic help protect the internal components of the door from damage. If you ever want to work on the inside of the door, you have to remove the panel. This includes removing the door speakers, which are mounted directly to the door. Removing the panels should take approximately 10 minutes per door. In this case, the project vehicle is a 2002 Honda Civic sedan, but the process is similar for other vehicles as well.


Set the blade of the flat-head screwdriver on the inside of the interior door handle, in the seam around the square panel inside the handle. Pop off the panel using the flat-head screwdriver, then remove the two screws underneath using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the handle off the door and use the flat-head screwdriver to remove the clip holding the handle to the door linkage. Unplug the power-lock switch and set the handle to the side.


Set the blade of the flat-head screwdriver between the armrest and the door panel, then use the tool to pop off the armrest cover. Remove the Phillips-head screws underneath using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Unplug the power-window controls.


Pull off the interior panel in the corner of the door, opposite the mirror. Pull the door panel towards you to release the clips holding it in place, then lift the door panel off the window ledge and away from the car.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.

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