Stock car speakers aren’t always the highest quality available. When you bought your car, you may have chosen a model that didn’t have the upgraded sound system, or maybe the sound from your car speakers is just not up to par with your expectations. There are many reasons why you may want to replace or enhance your car’s speakers, including:
- The sound quality is poor.
- The speakers aren’t loud enough.
- You’ve blown the factory-equipped speakers.
- You want to amplify your car’s sound system.
Whatever your reason, you can always replace your car speakers or add more speakers to the sound system.
How to replace car speakers
Decide on your purpose for buying new speakers - If it is to replace blown or low-quality speakers, you need to know the exact size of the ones you will be removing.
Determine the correct speakers and placement - You can either go to the parts department at your manufacturer’s dealership or you can find the exact fitment by researching your car’s speakers online. Services such as OnlineCarStereo can tell you which parts will fit your car’s original speaker locations precisely. Or visit an automotive electronics store. A representative can assist you in locating the correct speakers for your vehicle. You’ll need to decide on where they will be located.
Tip: You will want to choose surface-mount speakers in this case unless there are factory-designated locations for additional speakers.
Gather the correct materials - To remove your factory-mounted you will need the following: New speakers, Screwdriver set, Socket set with ratchet (¼” drive) and a Trim removal tool set (recommended: ABN Premium Trim Removal Tool Kit).
Locate your factory-mounted speakers - Most speakers are located behind panels to prevent damage and to cover them up, blending them into their surroundings. They will be covered with a grille, most commonly plastic with dotted holes through.
Tip: Always replace speakers in pairs for the best clarity and sound from side to side.
Remove the panel covering the speaker - Locate all the fasteners for the panel. Trim panels use screws, clips, or a combination of the two. Each panel varies depending on the car manufacturer and the location. Remove any exposed screws with your screwdriver or ¼” ratchet and socket set. Commonly, Phillips-head screws are used in trim applications along with 8mm and 10mm bolts.
Install the cover panel or door panel - Install the screws in the reverse order they were removed. For any clips you pried free, press firmly to snap them back in place.
Overall, the process of replacing or adding speakers is relatively straightforward, and if you follow the guide above, you should be able to complete the task successfully. If you want to install additional car speakers next, that is also a simple process.
However, if you run into any questions along the way, you can always Ask a Mechanic. Or, if you don’t feel comfortable performing this job on your own, you can call one of the certified technicians at YourMechanic to come to your home or office.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Install a New Pair of Car Speakers and was authored by Jason Unrau.