How to Replace the Rear Speakers in Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Rear automotive speakers are often responsible Vehicles delivering more of the bass to a car's sound system. Since bass is most often the culprit behind blown speakers, it stands to reason that rear speakers are more prone to failure than front ones. Depending on the body style of your Vehicles you may have rear speakers located in the rear inside trim panels adjacent to the back seat, or in the back dash surface. In either case, you can follow a few simple steps to remove and replace the speakers.

Under The Hood:

 How to Replace the Rear Speakers in a 2001 Buick Regal

Open the back passenger doors. Pull the tabs located under the lower-front edge of the seat cushion retainers to release the rear seat cushion. Lift up on the seat cushion and remove it from the seat retainers.

Remove the nuts from the rear seat retaining bracket at the bottom of the rear seat back structure, using a ratchet and a metric socket. Grab the bottom of the rear seat back and lift it straight up to disengage the slots on the seat back frame from the rear seat back. If you have a folding rear seat, remove the bolts from the rear seat latches, using a ratchet and metric socket. Remove the rear seat back.

Gently pull up on the rear upper quarter trim panel to separate it from the top of the seating area frame. Set the panel aside. Use a flat-head screwdriver to pry out the push pins on the front of the rear window shelf trim panel. Lift up the panel and slide the seat belts out through the small slit in the side of the seat belt slots. Raise the panel slightly and slide it forward to disengage the panel’s self-contained mounting hook from the retaining latch on the vehicle’s frame. Unplug the third stop lamp electrical connector and remove the rear window shelf trim panel from the vehicle.

Peel back the plastic sound barrier. Depress the plastic mounting clip on the back side passenger side rear speaker and lift the front tabs up and out of the mounting holes. Disconnect the speaker’s electrical connector. Depress the plastic mounting clips on the driver’s side rear speaker and lift the front tabs up and out of the mounting holes. Disconnect the speaker’s electrical connector.

Reinstall each speaker by connecting the electrical connectors on the new speakers and aligning the front mounting tabs with the mounting slots on the rear window shelf. Press each speaker down into it’s mounting hole until the rear locking tab clicks into place. Fold the plastic sound barrier back over the rear window shelf and press it into place.

Align the rear window shelf trim panel inside the vehicle and reconnect the high stop lamp’s electrical connector. Slide the panel toward the rear window to engage the integrated retaining hook with the frame’s mounting latch. Install the seat belts in the panel by feeding them through the side seat belt cut out slits. Reinstall the push pins on the front of the panel. Reinstall the rear upper quarter trim panel.

Position the rear seat back inside the vehicle and attach the rear seat back frame to the hangers on the rear seat shelf frame. Reinstall the rear seat back nuts and tighten them to 89 inch-pounds, using a torque wrench. If you have a rear folding seat, reinstall the rear seat back latch bolts and tighten them to 53 inch-pounds.

Set the rear seat cushion inside the vehicle and alight it with the rear seat cushion retainers. Engage the longer right-side retainer first, and then engage the shorter left side retainer. Verify that both the seat cushion and the rear seat back are firmly attached to the vehicle. Turn on the radio and confirm that the speakers operate properly.

Items you will need

  • Ratchet

  • Metric socket set

  • Flathead screwdriver

 How to Replace the Rear Speakers in a Ford Escort

Locate the rear speakers in your Escort. If they are in the side trim panels, move to Step 2. If they are located in the back dash, move to Step 3.

Use the trim tool to pry the trim panels loose from the interior wall of the Escort. You will need to find an edge of the trim panel, insert the head of the tool behind it and pry the trim anchors loose. In most cases the trim can be removed fairly quickly; just be careful not to pry too hard, as it can be easily broken. Once the trim is removed, move to Step 4.

Pry the speaker covers out of their mounts carefully using the pocket screwdriver. You should pry carefully at one point, then move several inches and pry again, repeating this pattern until the grill comes out of the mount. Use care not to scratch the surrounding trim with the tip of the screwdriver. Once the covers are out, move to Step 4.

Use the socket set to remove the fasteners holding the speakers down. Depending on your year and body style, there may be two or four fasteners.

Pull the speakers out of the mounts by hand and disconnect the speaker wire from the speaker. Connect the wires to the new speakers and reinstall them in reverse of how they were removed.

Items you will need

  • Trim tool

  • Pocket screwdriver

  • Socket set

  • Replacement speakers

 How to Replace Rear Speakers in a 2000 VW Bug

Open both doors. Slide the front seats forward as much as possible, and tilt the tops of the seats forward so you can access the back seat. Pop the trunk and push the buttons in the top of the rear seat back. Push the seat back forward.

Crawl into the back seating area. Hold the side panel with both hands. Lift it up then forward using a little bit of force to remove the rear panel. Repeat this on the other side.

Unscrew the rear speakers from the car using the torx-head driver set. Pull the speaker out and unplug the harness on the back of the speaker using your hands. Plug the wiring for the Volkswagen speaker harness into the back of the replacement speaker and then plug the harness into the stock harness. Screw the speakers into the rear mounts using the torx-head drivers.

Clip the rear panel back in place in the reverse order of disassembly. Fold up the rear seats and position the front seats where you want them.

Items you will need

  • Torx-head driver set

  • Volkswagen New Beetle rear-speaker harness kit

  • Replacement speakers

 How to Replace Rear Speakers in a Camry Solara

Fold down the back seats in your Camry Solara.

Pry off the seat belt anchor covers on the pillars behind the rear seat locations. You can pry the covers off with a panel tool or putty knife.

Insert your panel tool behind the trim panels on the pillars and pry them off.

Take your panel tool and pry off the trim panels that are located to the rear of the two you just removed.

Grasp the edges of the rear side panels at the seam where the panels meet the trim below the window. Pull firmly to pop this large trim panel loose.

Remove the four Phillips screws from the front of the rear deck. Lift and remove the deck panel, disconnecting the wiring harness on the left side of the deck.

Lift the rubber mats surrounding the speakers to expose the screws holding the speakers in place. Pull out the speakers, disconnect the wiring plugs and remove.

Put your new speakers into place and mark the speakers' mounting holes. Take the speakers out and drill holes on each marked spot with a one-eighth-inch drill bit and power drill.

Plug your speaker wiring adapters into the new speakers, then connect the vehicle wiring to the speakers by plugging in the wiring plugs to the adapters. Place the speakers in position and screw them in place with the screws supplied with the speakers.

Reassemble the interior by reversing the disassembly steps.

Items you will need

  • Panel tool

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Marker

  • Drill with 1/8-inch bit

  • Speaker adapter plugs

  • New speakers

 How to Replace the Rear Speakers in a Hyundai Accent

Disconnect the negative cable from the battery terminal. Do to this, place the socket end of the socket wrench over the retaining nut on the cable clamp. Turn the wrench counterclockwise to loosen.

Place the clean rag over the tip of the screwdriver. This will protect the trim as you pry the speaker cover off. Wedge the screwdriver between the speaker cover and the trim in your Accent. Gently pry the cover off.

Loosen and remove the screws holding the rear speakers in place using the Phillips head screwdriver.

Pull the speaker out of the trim/speaker housing and install the new speaker. Installation is the reverse of removal.

Replace the speaker cover and reconnect the negative battery cable.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench and socket set Flathead screwdriver Phillips head screwdriver Clean shop rag

 How to Replace Rear Speakers in a 2000 Grand Prix

Reach under the front edge of the rear seat and grasp the two rings--one on either side of the seat. Pull the rings forward to release and remove the cushion. Take the cushion out of the car.

Loosen and remove the two 10 mm and two 18 mm nuts located underneath the lower edge of the seat-back cushion. Slide the seat-back cushion upwards and then pull it forward to remove. Take the cushion out of the car.

Insert the narrow edge of your panel tool underneath the edges of the retaining clips on the front edge of the rear deck. The clips are round plastic buttons. Pry the clips out with the panel tool.

Pull the rear-deck panel forward to remove and take it out of the car.

Loosen and remove the four Phillips screws on the perimeter of each speaker on the rear deck. Pull the speakers out of the deck and unplug the connector on the back of each speaker.

Plug your new speakers in and replace them in the deck. Test the speakers, then screw them in place and reassemble the rear deck and seat cushions.

Items you will need

  • 10 mm and 18 mm sockets with drivers

  • Panel tool

  • Phillips screwdriver

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