How to Install Car Speakers

How to install a car speaker

Replacing the speakers in your car yourself can be a fun and rewarding project that can bring a great smile to your face. However, if you don’t know what you are doing, it can be a difficult and frustrating process. Learn how to install car speakers with these basic fundamentals of replacing a coaxial speaker in your car.

1. Remove Panels

Begin by removing all the panels around the speaker you want to replace. Look for brackets, screws, and bolts that are holding the panel in place. Doors panels typcially have panel clips around the edges that can be carefully removed with door panel removal tools.

2. Remove Speaker

Once all the panels around the speaker have been removed and the speaker is exposed, go ahead and remove the speaker. Some cars will have the speaker mounted to a bracket and other cars will have the speaker bolted directly to the vehicles frame. Look for bolts or clips that hold the speaker in place and remove them. When you pull the speaker out, disconnect the speaker wire. Hopefully this can be done by undoing a mylar clip, otherwise you might have to use a wire cutter to cut the wire. Be sure to save all the parts/hardware.

3. Attach Mounting Bracket to New Speaker

With the speaker now removed, its time to prepare the new speaker to be installed. Pull the new speakers from the box and attach it to the mounting bracket (if your vehicle required one). This will allow the speaker to fit snugly in the same location as the old speaker. Use screws to attach the speaker basket to the mounting bracket. Be careful not to damage the speaker while using the screwdriver.

4. Connect Speaker Wire

Before the new speaker is mounted to the car, be sure to plug it in. If you are using a speaker install harness then this step is as simple as plugging in the ends of two harnesses. If you had to cut the speaker wires, then you will need to use butt connectors (or solder) and make sure that the positive and negative wires are properly connected. Remember… positive to positive, negative to negative.

5. Mount the New Speaker

Once the speaker is connected, mount the speaker to the vehicle in the same manner that you removed it. You should be able to use all the same hardware that you saved when you removed the speaker.

6. Put the Panels Back on

Simply put the panels back on the car in the same fashion that you removed them.


That’s it! Now just test your system to make sure that the speaker is playing music and is in phase. If everything is working properly, then you just learned how to install car speakers.

Disclaimer: Not all cars are the same, especially all these new cars that are coming out each year. Always consult a professional if you are unsure of what you are doing or feel that you might break something.

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