How to Install Speakers on Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Jeep car sport utility vehicle is equipped with a stereo radio and speakers at the factory. But if your speakers aren't working properly, or if you want to improve the sound of your stereo system by replacing them with better, higher-performance aftermarket speakers, you'll need to know how to install speakers in your Jeep car. Replacing the speakers in the vehicle involves taking apart door panels and the like, but if you can follow instructions and use basic tools, it's a job that's well within the reach of the average do-it-yourselfer.

Under The Hood:

 How to Install Speakers on a 2002 Dodge Dakota

Front Door Speakers

Loosen and remove the Phillips screws from the sail panel and the bottom edge of the door panel.

Insert the edge of your panel tool underneath the screw cover--a round plastic cover--located behind the door release. Pry the cover off. Loosen and remove the Torx T25 screw located underneath.

Lift the door panel off the door proper and set it aside.

Loosen and remove the three Phillips screws holding the speaker in place. Pull the speaker out and unplug the wiring connector on the back.

Plug the new speaker into the connector. Place the speaker in the opening and screw it in place. Test the speakers, then reassemble the door panel by reversing your steps.

Rear Speakers

Insert the end of the panel tool under the cover of the seat-belt hanger on the rear-quarter wall. Pry off the cover. Loosen and remove the T-47 bolt from underneath the cover.

Insert the panel tool behind the top edge of the rear quarter panel and pry the panel out, working down until you reach the speaker location.

Loosen and remove the two Phillips screws holding the speaker in place. Pull the speaker out of the opening and unplug the connector on the back.

Plug the connector into the new speaker, place the speaker in the opening and screw it in place.

Test the speaker and reassemble the panels, reversing your steps.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Panel tool

  • Torx T25 bit and driver

  • Torx T47 bit and driver

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Installing Front Speakers

Wedge the tip of a flat-head screwdriver under the front of the speaker cover. All of the speakers in the Grand Prix use front-mounted speaker covers.

Pry the speaker cover off the speaker.

Remove the screws holding the speaker in place with a screwdriver.

Pull the speaker forward and unplug the speaker wire from the back of the speaker.

Plug the speaker connector into the back of the new speaker.

Mount the new speaker and secure it with retaining screws.

Snap the speaker cover back into place over the speaker.

Installing Rear Speakers

Pry up on the rear window trim panel with a flat-head screwdriver to remove it.

Lift up on the speaker retainer. You might need to pry it up with a flat-head screwdriver.

Lift up on the speaker and remove the tabs that hold the speaker in place from the opening of the rear window panel.

Unplug the electrical connector from the back of the speaker.

Remove the rear speaker assembly.

Plug the speaker wire connector into the new speaker and lower the new speaker assembly into the old speaker assembly mount.

Press the speaker retainer and rear window trim back into place.

Items you will need

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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Front door speakers

Take out the two screws from below the armrest on the door with a Phillips screwdriver. Remove one Phillips screw from the trim around the door release.

Take out one Phillips screw from the upper front edge of the door panel, and one screw from below the door pull.

Take a small flat-bladed screwdriver and release the clip behind the window crank (if equipped with manual windows). If you have the power window option be sure to disconnect the wiring plugs from the back of the door panel when you remove it in the next step.

Pry outwards on the bottom and sides of the door panel with a panel tool to release the clips holding the panel in place. When the clips are loose, lift the panel up and off of the door proper.

Take out the two Phillips screws holding the speaker in place. Pull the speaker out, and unplug the connector on the back. Connect the new speaker to the wiring, and hold it in the opening to mark where the mounting tabs are. Drill small holes with a 1/8-inch drill bit in the marked spots and screw the new speaker into place.

Rear speakers

Pry around the edges of the speaker grille with your panel tool and release the clips that hold the grille in place.

Take out the two T20 Torx screws that hold the speaker in place. Pull the speaker out and disconnect the wiring plug.

Connect the new speaker to the wiring, and place it in the opening. Hold it in place with the screws you removed earlier.

Snap the speaker grille back in place.

Items you will need

  • Phillips Screwdriver Small Flat-Bladed Screwdriver Drill with 1/8-Inch Bit Sheet Metal Screws Torx T20 Driver

 How to Install Speakers in a 2003 Chevy Silverado

When it comes to installing door speakers in your 2003 Silverado, you are limited to certain sizes due to the design of the doors. The front-door speakers are technically 6 1/4-inch speakers. The rear-door speakers, on four-door models, are a bit smaller but are assembled into a 4-by-6-inch bracket. You can install any 6 1/2-inch speaker in the front doors. For the rear doors, you can install a replacement stock speaker, or you can perform some custom work and install a shallow 6 1/2-inch speaker. The aftermarket speakers you choose for the rear doors must not exceed a mounting depth of 1 3/4-inches.

Tip

  • There is a lot of confusion in relation to the audio system on the 2003 to 2007 Silverado. Most information available is based on years outside of this time frame and does not apply to your 2003 Silverado. If you are ever in doubt, refer to the service manual for your vehicle. You can buy a year-specific service manual in paperback or digital form from various retailers online as well as from your local Chevy dealer.

Items you will need

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Trim-removal tool

  • Phillips Screwdriver

  • File

  • Drill

  • 1/4-inch self-taping screws (if not included with new speakers)

Front Speaker Replacement

Remove the door trim panel.

Pull outward on the door handle, then pry the bezel out of the door trim with a trim-removal tool or a flathead screwdriver. Pry the upper extension panel -- the triangular piece opposite the mirror -- off of the door. Pry the manual door lock away from the door trim. Remove the screw that was hidden behind the manual door-lock lever, the screw in the opening of the armrest and the screw beneath the bottom pocket. Slide the panel upward, then pull it away from the door. Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the switches on the panel, then set the panel aside.

Remove the stock speaker.

Remove the speaker screws from the door. Pull the speaker outward and disconnect the wiring harness from the speaker. Discard the speaker.

Install a new speaker.

Connect the wiring harness to a new 6 1/2-inch speaker. Guide the speaker into the mounting hole. Secure the speaker with the included ½-inch self-taping screws, using a drill.

Tip

  • If the stock wiring harness doesn't fit on the connectors of the new speaker, cut the stock connector off the speaker wire. Install a small blade connector on each wire, then connect the wires to the speaker.

Install the door’s trim panel

Connect the wiring harnesses to the switches in the door’s trim panel. Align the plastic retainers on the back of the panel with the holes in the door. Press the panel against the door, then slide it downward to secure it. Install the mounting screws and snug them. Press-fit the upper extension panel, manual lock lever and handle bezel to the trim panel. Repeat this entire process for the opposite front door.

Rear-Door Speakers

Remove the rear door’s trim panel.

Pull out on the door handle, then pry the small bezel out of the trim panel with a flathead screwdriver or trim-removal tool. Pry the manual door-lock lever from the trim panel. Remove the screw below the speaker grill, and the screw hidden by the manual lock lever. Slide the panel upward then pull the panel away from the door gently. Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the switches in the trim panel, then set the panel aside.

Remove the stock speaker.

Remove the three speaker screws from the speaker bracket. Remove the speaker from the bracket, then disconnect the wiring harness. If you are installing a shallow mount, 6 1/2-inch speaker, remove the three bolts that secure the bracket to the door. Remove the bracket.

Modify the speaker bracket.

File down the edges around the opening until a shallow mount, 6 1/2-inch speaker fits snugly in the bracket. Mount the new shallow-mount speaker into the bracket and secure it in place with the included self-taping screws.

Tip

  • A non-shallow mount speaker may appear to fit in the door correctly, but when the window is lowered it will strike the magnet on the back of the speaker. This may damage the glass, window regulator or speaker.

Install the speaker and bracket.

Attach the wiring harness to the new speaker. Hold the bracket against the door and align the three mounting holes. Install the screws and snug them.

Install the door’s trim panel.

Attach the wiring harnesses to the switches in the panel. Align the tabs on the back of the panel with the holes in the door. Press the panel into place, then tap it downward to secure it. Install the two screws and snug them. Press-fit the manual door lock and handle bezel into the trim panel.

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Open the truck door, and remove the speaker cover panel. To do this, slide the edge of a flathead screwdriver under the top right corner of the panel, and pry it up gently. This will allow all the edges to slide up over their clips. Set the panel aside.

Loosen and remove the current speaker's mounting screws using a Phillips screwdriver. Slide the speaker out of its mounting bay.

Use wire clippers to cut the wire as close to the rear of the speaker as possible. The more wire you have to work with, the better. Set the old speaker aside.

Use a wire crimper to cut and remove the wiring insulation about 1/2 inch back from the end of the wiring. Then, wrap each wiring end around its corresponding mount on the speaker. The positive wire will be red, and the negative wire will be black.

Use a soldering iron to lay a small bead of copper solder over each of these connections. Make the solder as clean as possible.

Slide the speaker back into the bay, and secure it using the mounting screws you just removed.

Place the speaker cover back over the speaker bay. The cover simply clicks back into place.

Items you will need

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Replacement speakers

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Wire clippers

  • Wire crimper

  • Soldering iron

  • Copper solder

 How to Install Speakers in a 1996 Honda Accord

Park the Accord and turn off the engine. Pull the hood release lever and move to the front of the vehicle.

Lift the hood. Loosen the bolt that secures the negative battery cable clamp to the negative battery post with the 10 mm wrench. Move the battery cable away from the battery terminal. Return to the inside of the Honda.

Remove the plastic screw covers from each of the door panels. The caps are located below the side mirror panels and can be removed with a trim panel removal tool or flat screwdriver.

Remove the screws beneath the panel covers with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Pry the door panel away from the Accord's doors with a flat screwdriver or trim panel removal tool. Pull the panels away from the door and reach between the panel and the door to disconnect the wiring connections for the locks and window operation. Remove the panel and set it aside.

Remove the three screws around the door panel speakers with the Phillips-head screwdriver.

Pull the speaker from the speaker dock and disconnect the speaker wires from the back of each 6 1/2-inch speaker.

Connect the Honda's speaker wires to the back of the new speakers and place it into the speaker mount. Replace the three screws around each speaker to secure them into place.

Align the door panels against the door and connect the wiring connectors for the door locks and window operation switch.

Press the door panel firmly against the door itself to secure the panel back onto the Accord's door.

Replace the screws at the forward-most upper corner (near the side mirror panel) with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Replace the covering caps over the screws and press them into place. Return to the engine compartment.

Place the negative battery cable clamp back around the negative battery terminal. Tighten the bolt that secures the cable's clamp to the battery post with the 10 mm wrench. Close the Accord's hood.

Items you will need

  • 10 mm wrench

  • Flat screwdriver (or trim panel removal tool)

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

  • 6 1/2-inch speakers

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Front Door Speakers

Pry out the triangular sail panel from the top edge of the door panel. Slide the edge of the panel tool underneath the panel and lever upwards to release it.

Pry out the circular screw cover behind the door release trim with a small flat-blade screwdriver. Unscrew and remove two Phillips screws from behind the cover.

Pry out the rubber screw cover in the bottom of the door pull cup with a screwdriver. Remove the single Phillips screw from beneath the cover.

Insert the panel tool behind the edge of the door panel and pry around the perimeter to release the clips holding the door panel in place. Lift the panel off of the door to remove it.

Unscrew the Phillips screws holding the speaker in place. Remove the speaker from the door, unplugging the connector on the back.

Plug the new speaker in, place it in the door and screw it into place. Reassemble the door panel.

Rear Deck Speakers

Pry up the grill by inserting the edge of a panel tool under the corner and prying up.

Remove the Phillips screws holding the speaker in place. Remove the speaker and unplug the connector on the back.

Plug the new speaker in, place it in the door and screw it into place. Place the grill back onto the speaker opening and press firmly downwards to seat it in place.

Items you will need

  • Panel tool

  • Flat-blade screwdriver

  • Phillips screwdriver

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Installing Door Speakers

Pry out the triangular plastic panel at the top leading edge of the door, known as the sail panel. Use a flathead screwdriver or a panel tool.

Remove the Philips screw from the trim behind the door release. Also remove the remaining clip.

Nudge up the the armrest pad, and remove it. Extract the Philips screws located beneath the pad.

Pull gently around the edges of the door panel to release it from the clips that hold it in place. Once loosened, remove it from the door.

Drill out the rivets that hold the stock speaker in place. Then, remove the speaker and disconnect its wires.

Connect the new speaker to the loose speaker wires, then attach it to the door with sheet metal screws. Test the speaker output, and reassemble the door panel.

Installing Rear Deck Speakers

Remove the brake light on the rear deck. Push it back towards the window to release it, and disconnect its wires. Put the light unit aside.

Extract the two circular clips on the front edge of the rear deck panel. Also remove the seat belts from their slots on the rear deck.

Pull up slightly on the rear deck, then pull towards you, and remove the rear deck.

Unscrew the 10mm screws that hold the deck speakers in place. There are four screws to remove for each speaker. Disconnect the speaker wiring, and remove the old speaker.

Connect the new speaker by reversing the steps to remove the old speaker. Mount the new speaker using the four Philips screws.

Items you will need

  • Philips screwdrivers

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Panel tool

  • 10mm socket set

  • Power drill

 How to Install Speakers in a Ford Ranger

Remove all door screws, window crank (if equipped), door handle and any other obstruction from the door panels. The Ford Ranger uses a combination of screws and plastic clips to secure the door panel to the door. In some model years, the clips are designed to pull straight out, and in others the door panel must be pulled straight up to release the panel.

Remove the screws securing the factory speakers to the door. Disconnect the factory speaker wires by depressing the plastic release tab on the harness and remove the speaker.

Cut the plastic plug off of the end of the speaker wires, leaving at least 1 inch of of wire remaining on the plug so that it may be reattached at a later time if necessary. Use wire crimpers to attach female spade terminals to wire ends and attach the wires to the replacement speaker.

Secure the speaker to the door with the factory screws when possible. Roll the window up and down to check for clearance. If necessary, a spacer may be added to provide additional clearance when depth is an issue.

Replace the door panel and check for clearance between the speaker and the door panel. Replace the door panels mounting hardware and re-attach the window crank.

Turn on the stereo and listen. Make sure that all speakers are playing. Use the stereos balance and fade functions to ensure proper connections. Adjust the stereo's equalizer to your personal taste.

Items you will need

  • Cordless drill

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Sockets

  • Torx bits (for removing window crank)

  • Female spade terminal

  • Wire crimpers

 How to Install Speakers in a Ford Taurus

Removing an Existing Speaker

Isolate the electrical system. Remove the negative terminal from the battery.

Locate the spot where the factory speakers were installed. You may have to remove the old speaker before installing a new one.

Pry off the speaker cover with a flathead screwdriver. The cover will pop out, exposing the old speaker.

Unscrew the hardware holding the speaker in place. There will be four Phillips head screws centered around the speaker.

Pull the speaker out slightly to access the wiring harness to the speaker. Unplug the wiring by pulling the harness clip. There will be a locking tab holding the harness in. Pull the tabs out to slide the harness out.

Pull the speaker out manually. Ensure the wiring harness is accessible for the new speaker.

Installing a Speaker

Connect the wiring harness to the new speaker. The harness should just slide onto the new connector.

Place the new speaker in the door. Ensure the screw holes line up to the holes on the designated spot.

Tighten the screws down to hold the speaker in place. Tighten all the screws with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Snap the cover in place. Test the speaker by turning on the radio.

Items you will need

  • Flat head screwdriver

  • Phillips head screwdriver

  • New speaker

 How to Install Speakers on an Audi A4

Sit in your driver's seat and look for the five screws in the door that attach the inner panel to the metal frame.

Locate the first two screws at the top of the door near the window. The first will be on the top right and the second on the top left. Unscrew them using your Phillips- head screwdriver.

Pry off the plastic piece beneath the door handle with the flat-head screwdriver. The plastic is in the sunken part where you put the tips of your fingers when you pull the door closed. You'll find the third screw underneath this plastic piece. Once you remove the third screw you will be able to find the final two.

Pull the door panel toward you half an inch. Insert the flat-head screwdriver into this gap and pry out the plastic clips that keep the door panel attached to the car's frame. Pull the panel toward you 3 inches. Disconnect the electric cables for the windows, mirror or power locks in the same manner you disconnect a phone from its jack, squeezing the plastic plugs and gently pulling. Remove the door panel

Remove the screws in your factory speaker. Disconnect the speaker from its wiring harness and discard the speaker. Screw in your new speaker. Connect your new wiring harness to the old one by plugging the cables into it. Put the door together and repeat these steps for the passenger side door.

Remove the parcel tray so you can get to the rear speakers.Fold down your back seats and open the trunk. Look for a black clip near each rear brake light. Unclip these by pulling them up. Return to the back seat, lift the tray and pull it toward you. Unscrew the speakers and replace them.

Items you will need

  • Screwdrivers (flat-head and Phillips)

  • Speakers and wiring harnesses

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