Replacing a blown car speaker

August 15, 2011 12:00 AM

For many drivers, the most important interior accessory, especially during the summer time, is automotive air conditioning systems. Nobody wants to hit the road in this heat without climate control, but the second-most important interior item would likely be car speakers - after all, what's a summer road trip without great tunes?

If you've got a blown speaker, it's actually quite a simple repair to make. Once you've located the problem speaker, you can remove the grille protecting them using a screwdriver. Make sure the power and ignition are both off, then disconnect the wires attaching the speaker to the car.

Every manufacturer mounts their speakers differently, and you may need to use a putty knife to cut through the foam around the speakers, according to Crutchfield. Essentially, you want to try to install your aftermarket speaker in a way that closely mirrors the original factory setup, so try to keep everything in the same place. This isn't an exact science, and you'll likely be using high-quality glue to mount the speakers.

Once that's done, you'll need to reattach the wires, which is the most important part. Some aftermarket manufacturers ship their speakers with a wiring harness that should make things relatively easy to reconnect as long as you follow the instructions. If not, you'll need to solder the wires together with a soldering iron. 

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