1987 Cherokee door panel removal - Access to speakers
I have a blown speaker and I can't stand listening to it make noise on it's own anymore, my dad forgot to put the book back in my car after he did some work on my car, so I don't have the instructions for removing the interior door panel.
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pull the rubber boot back off the wiring harness in the crease of the drivers door and check for broken wires there. common problem due to the number of times these wires flex to allow the door to open and close
In my 2008 Cobalt, the front speaker in the driver door went inoperative - no turn signal noise, no warning chimes for door open with key in, seatbelt chime, low fuel chime, and of course, no music. All of those sounds come through the speaker. I switched the driver door speaker and the passenger door speaker, and now I have all of those noises back.
If you have manual roll down windows, you'll have to buy a special tool to remove a little clip that's behind the roller handle. This tool was included in a kit for about $7 that I bought at Harbor Frieght, but you might be able to find the kit at other auto parts stores. Google "removing window crank" and you should be able to locate a video that shows how to get it off.
Anyway, I switched the speakers and now we just don't have music coming out of the passenger door speaker, but at least we have all of the warning chimes and turn signal clicking noise again.
The dealer wanted almost $200 for a new speaker and to replace it (labor). Rediculous.
Have you take the door panel off to see if the speaker wires are still connected to the speaker? If the speaker is blown you can buy replacement speakers, but you have to know what size and how deep and then you can replace them yourself.
If equipped with an accessory switch panel, carefully pry the switch panel up and away from the door panel. Tag and disconnect the switches from the panel.
On 1981-86 models, remove armrest attaching screws.
On 1987-96 models, remove the retainer screws secure the pocket in the molded armrest on the door panel.
If equipped with crank type windows, remove window crank handle with the appropriate clip removal tool.
If equipped with manual remote mirrors, remove the control knob bezel.
Remove inside door handle cover attaching screw and trim plate.
If equipped with door mounted speakers, remove the speaker, and disconnect the speaker wires. For speaker removal and installation steps, refer to .
Remove all external screws securing the door panel. Insert an appropriate prytool between the door panel and door frame to remove the hidden clips securing the panel.
Holding door panel vertical lift straight up to release the upper clip.
Inspect all retaining clips and replace any broken or missing pieces.
Position the door to the door and carefully press on the retainer clips to engage. If a clip will not engage, inspect the mounting hole behind the panel to make sure the clip is properly aligned. Install any panel-to-door retainer screws.
If equipped with crank windows, attach the washer and crank to the window regulator stud.
On 1981-86 models, attach the armrest to the door using the retainer screws.
On 1987-96 models, insert the armrest pocket and secure in place with retainer screws.
If equipped with door panel mounted speakers, attach the speaker wires to the speaker and secure the assembly to the door panel.
If equipped with remote cable mirrors, attach the control knob to the door panel with the retainer bezel.
If equipped with an ashtray, insert the holder assembly, and secure in place with retainer screws. Install the ashtray to the holder assembly.
Position the door handle trim panel around the door handle assembly, and secure in place with the retainer screw.
If equipped with accessory switch panel, attach the harnesses to the switches, and press the accessory plate into the door panel.
Connect the negative battery cable.
Check and make sure all panel components function correctly.
I just replaced mine on my 2002 Diamante LS yesterday. It really isn't that difficult. To get to the front door speaker you will need to remove the door trim panel. This is done by pulling out on the bottom part of the panel. I used a flathead screwdriver to help with the separation. Just be careful not to scratch anything.
There are 4 or 5 clips that lock the panel on to the door frame. After you have pulled the clips out you will want to lift up on the separated panel as it hangs on a rail adjacent to the window. Pull the panel out far enough to reach behind and disconnect the various wiring clips. They have quick disconnect fittings and come out easily. You will also need to disconnect the door interior light by rotating the base about a half turn to get it out of the removable panel.
Once you have removed the door panel you will have full access to the speaker frame mounting. It has a removable plastic frame that you screw the new speakers in to. It attaches to the door frame with 5 or 6 Phillips type screws. I found it easier to remove the mount and get it ready to accept my new speakers. I just srewed it back on before actually attaching the speakers.
While the dealer spec for door speakers on a Diamante is a 6 3/4" speaker, a 6 1/2" will work just fine if you have a drill to pre-drill new screw holes. Just line the new speaker up on the speaker mount, mark where the new holes should be and then go ahead and drill them. Make sure the drill bit isn't bigger the the screw. It is a machine type of a thread and is easy to self thread with a regular phillips screwdriver.
After you have the speaker mount ready to accept your new speaker you can go back to your car, screw the mount back on to the door frame. Next attach the two speaker wires to the back of the new speaker. White goes to the positive post. (You might need to change the fitting type to match the car wiring and the new speaker) You can get some quick connect friction fittings and put one on the end of each wire that attaches to the speaker. Walmart, Autozone, Radio Shack all have these as they are readily available.
With the speakers in place, just reverse you installation of the door panel. I found it was easier to roll the window down so I could hang the panel back on the channel. Line up the clips and the bottom of the door, push in and you will feel and hear them engage. Once you are sure they are lined up correctly, go ahead and give it a good push where each clip attaches to make sure its on tight.
Ihave never seen just a middle speaker in the dash but I have seen left and right dash speakers there is a panel that goes across the dash by the windshield. it pops out with a screw driver you may have to remove the trimfrom the a post first the speakers are there