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2010 Corolla S
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I realize someone recently posted one of these, but I felt it lacked information that I find helpful, namely the direction the panels have to go and where the connection points are. Plus someone on another forum asked about a DIY for this, so I thought I'd share in both places :)

I've already removed my interior to install speakers and a little dampening material, so here is some info on taking apart the rear panels. All I did this time was disassemble the driver side for the DIY, assuming the user could mirror the process on the other side and then follow the simple instructions to finally remove the deck, but if I need to make it more detailed let me know. I want to take mine apart again in the near future to put on more eDead.

I did a little bit more work than others, but found that I had more room to work and didn't have to worry about panels being temporarily contorted. You can probably do this without taking off the seatbacks and lower sill and just pull out the top half of the wheel well panel, leaving it in but unclipped, but I preferred to get it all out of the way.

Disclaimer, I am an amateur and am not responsible for any possible damage you incur in attempting this on your car. If you use/repost any of this post (pictures or text), please credit me.

As a precaution
, I began by disconnecting the battery so that there would be no chance of discharging the airbags when I removed the panel. It requires a 10mm socket. I sincerely doubt it would actually ever go off, but to be safe I took the extra 2 minutes.

Be warned, these panels scratch very easily. Be careful with them once they are out.

1) Take off the seat backs. Just pop the latches from the trunk to fold them over, and remove the two bolts on each seatback where it attaches to the hinge. It takes a 12mm socket.


You can pull the cloth from the seatbacks off the two little black pegs simply by pulling on it so it stretches around the head. This shot is after the cloth is pulled off. Don't try to remove the pegs.


2) Remove the door sill covers.

Tuck your fingers under the inside edge at both the top and bottom, and pull outward a little.

It has a little nub on the inside that clips around the other panels. Once that is unclipped you can get your fingers in a the center of the top and bottom and pull straight upward.

Technically you could just yank upwards on it in the first place and it would pop off, but this works a bit cleaner. A couple shots so you can see what you are working with in terms of clips and holes.



3) Pull off the rubber weatherstripping from the now exposed bottom edge all the way around to the top left corner of the door so you can get it out of your way.



4) Remove the wheel well panel, the large one that runs along the seat. I started with the white snap toward the top. I found it easiest to put a long screwdriver in between the snap and the hole and turn it so that it would cleanly back the snap out. You can also just pry it with your fingers.


Then I pried out the blue snap toward the bottom.


Now you can remove the upper portion of the panel and take the whole thing out. There are 3 clips of sorts that need to come out. Pull the top of the panel toward the middle of the car. All the clips will remove in that direction, because the part of the panel that connects behind the seatback inserts at an angle.





You have to get the panel around the seatback hinge and out the door without resnapping the white or blue snaps. Here is what the panel looks like.




5) Remove the rectangular panel. Simply tuck your fingers behind the outside edge and pull toward the front of the car.







6) Remove the airbag panel. This one has 4 snaps throughout the panel. Start with the white and blue snaps at the edge.



Next slide your fingers along the top edge against the headliner to where the airbag logo is and pull outward a little to release the snap behind.



One more snap toward the very back, I used the screwdriver method to pop it.


Here is the back of the panel.


The bottom of the panel has plastic that fits into a channel that is built into the rear deck. Once the 4 snaps are released, simply pull the panel straight toward the front of the car. My picture of the channel connection sucks, sorry.


7) Repeat 1-6 on the opposite side, if you haven't already been doing both sides. It is an exact mirror image.

8) Remove the rear deck. I didn't take it out this time since I didn't remove the passenger side, so I'll simply explain it. Lift up on the edge and you will see white snaps. If I remember correctly, there are 3 of them in the approximate position that I circled, but you should be able to find them by just pushing up on the panel where the arrows are. Simply pry up each of the snaps, and pull the whole panel straight toward the front of the car. You will probably have to lift up a little while you pull.



I'd suggest buying the ~$10 speaker adapters from ebay to replace your speakers. The old speakers will unbolt very easily unlike the front speakers which were riveted. When I replaced mine, I ended up rigging them with zipties through the original holes and my speakers holes because I didn't know I'd need an adapter plate- It worked, but isn't great. I'll be doing the adapters soon.

I hope any of this helps you! I think its good to have multiple versions of DIY up because there might be something shown in mine or words of advice in someone else's that make more sense to different people.

Cheers!
 

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I broke 3 clips on the airbag panel + 1 near the door panel:facepalm: (I usually break things while working on them).

Is there somewhere I can find replacement clips? I've checked fastenerwarehouse.com but not sure which is the correct replacement.
 

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Thanks guys,


I broke 3 clips on the airbag panel + 1 near the door panel:facepalm: (I usually break things while working on them).

Is there somewhere I can find replacement clips? I've checked fastenerwarehouse.com but not sure which is the correct replacement.
Is this the part you are talking about?



The head of the "snap" as I've been calling it can slide sideways off the panel mount, and be slid back on. This is a picture of one from my door panel that I forgot to put back in after it popped out while removing the panel :eek:. Did you somehow break the head off? If so, how were you pulling on the panel so I can add extra words of caution or edit my directions- what makes sense to me isn't necessarily what makes sense to everyone.

The best way to obtain the part number is simply calling a dealership and ask for the part number of the white (or blue, if you broke that one) nylon trim retainers. Probably less expensive to buy them somewhere else, but I'm sure they would offer them to you as well. The approximate measurements appear to be a 13mm top head, ~18mm bottom head, 14-15mm stem length. But that is only my guesstimates with a tape measure, not a precise measuring instrument :)
 

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Yes that's the clip. I can't re-use/slide them back on since I butchered them while getting them out of the hole.

Your directions are bulletproof. Only if I had some more patience. As my friends and family always tell me I have a tendency of breaking things. Only thing I have to say is if you are clumsy like me; watch out.

I ain't replacing front door speakers until I can find replacement clips.
 

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Great presentation, especially the pictures. I am going to try it out this weekend for install of rear deck speakers. Here are a couple bits of information that may help out.

In picture 18 where the speaker wires go through the sheet metal, you might want to put some protection against vibration (i.e. possible chaffing against the sheet metal edge and short circuit). It is an odd-shape hole to use a grommet, so maybe wrapping the wire bundle with a few folded shop rags and tie wraps in the area close to the sheet metal edge might work.


“Is there somewhere I can find replacement clips?”


– When I did the door speakers, I bought a couple of the white plastic fasteners from a local Toyota parts department. It was special order, so I had to make a second trip back to get them a couple days later. (Sorry I didn’t keep the receipt, so I don’t know their part number.) The fasteners came with the black flat-rubber-0-rings, which I guess are for anti-noise. It is easy to overlook and loose the o-rings, but you could make your own out of thin rubberized gasket material (from Auto Zone for example). It might be worth putting a small dab of rubber cement on the 0-rings to keep them in place on the white fasteners while re-assembling.
 

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I agree, perhaps some anti chafe is in order next time I open it up. Good advice. I hadn't been too concerned as I'm using Monster speaker wire (got a bunch free from the demo room of circuit city when they closed up) which has a very thick rubbery plastic shell and a separate thin sheath over the internal wire, so it would take a lot of rubbing to get to the copper. Can never be too careful I suppose!

I only remember seeing the o-rings on the door panel fasteners, not on any of the rear snaps. You can see the blackness through the one I pictured, it is indeed about paper thin, although I think it might be foam.
 

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how to take out the clips very easily! without breaking any clips

Well, the easiest and painless way to take out those annoying clips is to use a crimpper. If you have one of those, just simply open the crimpper and then put it under the clip and pull and off the clip comes without breaking it. if you cant get it under. you can maybe use a flat head to lift it up a little just enough space for the crimpper to get under and just close the crimpper and pull. ITS REAL EASY AND FUN! AND IT WONT HURT UR FINGERS OR ENERGY TRYING TO GET THOSE THINGS OUT.... i didnt know in the beginning and always break them..and takes me forever to pass through that process. Hope this helps! =]

Thanks guys,




Is this the part you are talking about?



The head of the "snap" as I've been calling it can slide sideways off the panel mount, and be slid back on. This is a picture of one from my door panel that I forgot to put back in after it popped out while removing the panel :eek:. Did you somehow break the head off? If so, how were you pulling on the panel so I can add extra words of caution or edit my directions- what makes sense to me isn't necessarily what makes sense to everyone.

The best way to obtain the part number is simply calling a dealership and ask for the part number of the white (or blue, if you broke that one) nylon trim retainers. Probably less expensive to buy them somewhere else, but I'm sure they would offer them to you as well. The approximate measurements appear to be a 13mm top head, ~18mm bottom head, 14-15mm stem length. But that is only my guesstimates with a tape measure, not a precise measuring instrument :)
 

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I'm also unsure how you are using a wire crimper to pop the clips. Perhaps a really thin one like this and using it like pliers to clamp on behind it and then lever it out?
 

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anoying sound

since I pay for a music sound to get installed....

when driving every road hole that I get make a plastic vibration sound that came of the speakers covers what could it be.....!!!!!
 

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I think i accidentally removed one of connecters behind one of side panels (driver side), now there is a wire connecter with red, black and green wires but I cant find the other end of wire that connects to it. my car is working fine as far as I know, does any one have any idea what it is and where it connects? That would be a big help.

This is the side panel which covers it

 

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