How to Replace Door Speakers on Vehicles

by Contributing WriterUpdated June 12, 2017

Speakers are typically installed on the inside of the door on the driver's side and the passenger side of most types of cars, including the Vehicles. These speakers may need to be replaced if you are upgrading your sound system or a speaker is not functioning correctly. In order to replace the door speakers in your Vehicles you will need to first remove the door panel from the inside of the door.

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Remove the plastic clip pins that are used to secure the door panel with a flat-head screwdriver. Place the end of the screwdriver under the clip and turn it to release the pin.

Pull all of the pins out of the door panel and set them aside.

Pry off the cover on the door handle with the screwdriver to expose a screw. Remove the screw with a Phillips screwdriver.

Remove the screw from the door pull with the Phillips screwdriver and then pull it out.

Pull the carpet back beside the inside door handle to expose a screw. Remove the screw with the Phillips screwdriver.

Pull the door panel up so that it will separate from the window jam.

Pull the connector out of the tweeter to disconnect the wires from the door panel.

Remove the screws that are securing the tweeter to the door panel with the Phillips screwdriver.

Locate the subwoofer in the front part of the door.

Pull out the connector from the subwoofer and then remove the four screws that are used to secure it with the Phillips screwdriver.

Place a new tweeter in the door panel and tighten the screws to secure it.

Put a new subwoofer in the door and tighten the screws to secure it in place. You can then reconnect the connector to the speaker.

Reconnect the connector for the tweeter and then set the door panel back in place so that it is in the window jam.

Replace all of the screws and tighten them with the Phillips screwdriver.

Replace all of the plastic clips into the hole you took them out of and then push them into place.

Items you will need

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Tweeter

  • Subwoofer

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Pry off the sail panel, the small triangular plastic panel at the leading edge of the window, using a panel tool.

Remove two Phillips screws from the front edge of the door panel with a screwdriver.

Remove two Phillips screws from the bottom edge of the door panel with a screwdriver.

Remove two Phillips screws from the rear edge of the door panel with a screwdriver.

Pry off the small plastic screw cover underneath the door pull handle on the upper part of the door. Remove the screw that's underneath it.

Pry off the screw cover behind the door handle and then remove the exposed screw. Pull off the trim surrounding the door handle.

Pry out the bottom of the door panel and remove the panel from the door.

Remove the four Phillips screws holding the speaker in place. Pull the speaker out and unplug the wiring connector.

Plug your new speaker in and place it into the opening in the door. Insert the screws and tighten them to hold the speaker in place.

Reassemble the door by reversing the disassembly steps.

Items you will need

  • Panel tool (available at car audio or car parts stores)

  • Phillips screwdriver

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Disconnect the truck's negative battery cable.

Unhook the clip for the door's manual window crank with a hooked tool behind the handle (or rub a rag behind the handle), or for a power window, pry off the window switch assembly from the door handle with a trim stick and disconnect its electrical connector.

Pry off all small panels and bezels on or near the door with the trim stick, including the triangular panel on the mirror mount and the bezel surrounding the door handle.

Unscrew and remove all of the mounting screws for the door's inner trim panel then pull the panel out to detach the clips. Disconnect all remaining electrical connectors on the door panel.

Peel off the plastic water deflector sheet from the door.

Press down on the speaker's upper mounting tab while grasping the speaker, then tilt the speaker out of the door frame and lift it off the tabs on the bottom. Disconnect the speaker's electrical connector.


Connect the replacement speaker to the electrical connector.

Secure the speaker to the lower tabs and pivot it into the mounting hole, clipping it in place with the door's mounting tab.

Press the plastic shield back into place on the door.

Reconnect the trim panel onto the door, connecting all needed electrical connectors and engaging all its clips, then apply its mounting screws. Reconnect all smaller panels and bezels to the panel.

Reinstall the window crank or control switch with its clip or electrical connector.

Reconnect the black battery cable onto the negative terminal.

Items you will need

  • Wrench

  • Hooked tool

  • Shop rag

  • Trim stick

  • Screwdriver

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