How to Install Car Speaker Yourself Step by Step
Are you a mechanical engineer?
Whatever, but I am not at all. I think to do something new, something interesting you don’t need to be from that discipline. A supportive guide and a thirsty psyche are good enough to conquer anything. You want to know how to install car speaker, right? Then please collect your mechanical engineering certificate on ‘car speaker installation’ from me. After going through this guide, I think you will deserve this.
To get a better savor, you need a better preparation. To install speaker duly in your car, you need to have a checklist including steps and tools. Here I have made a checklist that will ensure you better installation.
Perfect size speaker
Having perfect size speaker is the primary requirement of mathematic and trouble-free installation. Make sure you have purchased the right piece of speaker for your car.
Choose a safe place
Choose a safe space for placing screws and removed parts of your vehicle. It will be tough to finish your installation if you lose any of the screws and parts.
Necessary Tools Arrangement
You need a handful amount of tools for installation. It is wise to check car’s screws and other fittings formation before gathering right tools for them. Most of the time screws and other fittings vary from car model to model, version to version. Be sure you have arranged the right tools. Here is a list of tools that we use habitually during car speaker installation.
- A range of screwdrivers (such as Phillips, stubby Phillips, flat-blade, and magnetic or offset screwdrivers)
- Torx drivers and bits
- Nut drivers
- Drill (with screwdriver and bits)
- Soldering iron and solder
- Right angle
- Crimping tool and connectors
- Panel removal tool/ panel poppers
- Allen wrenches
- Socket wrench set
- Wire cutter/stripper tool
- Retaining clip remover (or a screwdriver covered with a shop rag)
- A file
- Electrical tape
- Hobby knife
Don’t be shrunken thinking about tools arrangement; you may have all these tools in one package. In fact, you have to select right tools for smooth installation. Be sure you have arranged those.
- Use the right screwdriver for removing screws and parts.
- Don’t forget to disconnect the connectors of the parts.
- Make certain a safe place for keeping the screws and parts.
- Keep your screws and parts separately for each section.
Also Read: How to Change Your Car Speaker
I have mentioned that every car has its distinct formation and parts. So you may get some dissimilarities for your car with this guide.
Interestingly, the core structure of every car is homogenous. You don’t need to be worried if you get any heterogeneity you can get help from your instruction manual.
How to Install Door Speaker
Car’s doors are the common and most suitable place for speaker installation. Let’s start with this popular installation process. Here I am going to illustrate you door speaker installation of Ford F250.
Step 1: Removing the Sail Panel
The speaker installation starts with removing the sail panel. You will see a sail panel at the upper-right side of your left door. Using trim panel tool you can easily remove it then keep it in a safe place. When you remove sail panel using trim panel it seems it is damaging but don’t worry this sail panel sound like this.
Step 2: Power Window Removing
After removing the sail panel removes your power window or power door lock. Try to release the clips attached to it then you can remove the whole power window pulling it upward. Usually, the power window has some connectors so remove those gently and keep it in a separate safe side.
3. Remove 7-millimeter Screw
There is a 7-millimeter screw inside the door panel. Remove this screw using the right piece of screwdriver. Remember that, it is a crucial part of the door panel, so store it in the safest place.
Step 4: Remove Reflector Lens
There is a reflector lens at the middle left side of the left door. You can remove this using any screwdriver. After removing the lens, you will see a screw inside it. Remove the screw using the perfect driver.
Step 5: Remove Door Panel
Some door panel has retaining clips around the edge, but this model has no retaining clip. As we have removed the screws and disconnected the connectors, and the door has no retaining clip simply lift the door panel off and keep it in a safe place.
Steps 6: Remove Speaker Screws
It’s time to remove the old speaker from the door panel. Remove the screws using the perfect driver and disconnect the harness of the speaker.
Step 7: New Speaker Installation
I think you have a new speaker and the harness that suit with your car. Each harness has two parts one side is for connecting with car another side is for connecting with the speaker. The speaker side of the harness is called female slide. Simply connect this female slide with male one in the speaker. After connecting harness, attach the speaker with the car using the screws. Sometimes you need to add a bracket to ensure the best fitting of the speaker if it requires using it.
Step 8: Repeat the Process
To get your car door as fine as before just follow the reverse steps. Don’t forget to attach the right screw for the right part.
Also Read: How to Repair Car speaker
How to Install Back Rear Speaker
Here I will instruct you how to install your back rear speaker in your car. This guide illustrates you the entire installation process for Nissan Sentra. However, this guide also fits for Honda, Civics, Toyota, and some other Japanese cars.
Step 1: Remove Backseat
Rear speaker installation starts with the remove of the backseat. If you concentrate, you will see there are two hooks or tabs in the beneath of the horizontal slide of your backseat. Pull out those hooks then you can separate the horizontal slide of backseat from the vertical slide. Keep this slide in a clean place. The vertical slide of the backseat is simply attached with two fasteners one in the right side and another in the left side. Remove the fasteners and lift the slide out from the car. During lifting keeps the seatbelts aside.
Step 2: Rear Lid Off
You will see some little fasteners fastening the rear lid with the car. To remove the rear lid, use panel pooper. Gently select the fasteners and pop them up. Here you may have some flatheads carefully remove it using the best-fitted driver. Don’t forget to ensure safe storage of these fasteners and flatheads.
Step 3: Remove Third Brake Light
The brake lights usually have clips in the outside. If not, you will see the little cap. Take off the cap and find the Phillips head or 10 mi or whatever fasteners are holding the light down. You don’t need to remove any clips or fasteners here. Just lift the brake light and disconnect the connectors from it. After lifting the brake light take off the relayed pulling it from the front side or gently lift it.
Step 4: Uninstall the Speaker
Uninstall the car speakers using right angle with the drill. Remove the screws and connectors from the speaker.
Step 5: New Speaker Installation
After removing the old speaker identify the negative power harness and the positive power harness. Connect your speaker using right power harness with the car stereo system. You may use a rubber around the speaker it will ensure perfect fluctuation of tweeter and woofer also guard you against unwanted sound. Cover you speaker woofer and tweeter using your hand during screws’ attachment.
Step 6: Repeating
Repeat the steps to get your new speaker fitted with your car stereo. The fitting process is just the reverse of removing process.
After finishing installation steps check out the sound and smooth movement of tweeter and woofer of your speaker. However at any stage of your installation if you face any problem you can follow this guide again or seize help from the manual guide of your speaker.
Indeed, the smooth operation and durability of a speaker depend largely on the installation process. I think now you have enough knowledge on car speaker installation. When you finish your installation, don’t forget to accept my heartiest felicitations for your certificate worthy effort.