how to install car speakers

Do you like listening to the sound from the car stock speakers? It is often that you would not love the sound as it might be the right quality as you would have wished. This often leads to many people switching to some additional speaker systems.

Before you can end up installing the new speakers, you actually need to buy the car speakers. Make sure that the speakers that you choose are made to be the best in every aspect. There is no point of ending up with a model that cannot deliver the sound. Let us get to see the process on how to install car speakers.

What you’ll need

  • Screwdrivers
  • Panel popper tool
  • Electrical tape
  • Electric drill
  • Crimping tool
  • Hobby knife
  • Wire cutter

Following by these step

1. Gather the needed tools

car speakers


It is crucial that you gather all the possible tools important for handling the installation process. The right tools should make the installation process quite seamless as compared when using crude tools. Most of the tools needed have been mentioned in the “what you’ll need” section.

Depending on the type of speaker, may be the manufacturer might recommend some special tools, but that is often never the case.

2. Measure the speaker’s position

The speakers you have chosen should fit in the allocated space before you can start uninstalling the stock speakers. Thanks to the standard designs, you can be sure that the speakers would fit almost perfectly in the place of stock speakers.

Sometimes there might be the need to install a new mounting bracket to get the speakers fitting properly or drill new holes for screwing the speakers perfectly in position. Take into account such things when you have to install the new car speakers.

3. Disconnect the car battery

disconnect car battery


As part of taking caution, you might want to disconnect the car’s battery before installing not just the speakers, but rather any type of electrical component. You turn on the power only when you are sure about the connection.

Disconnecting not only keeps the electrical system safe in case of a short circuit, but also keeps you safe. Being at the risk of electric shock is not something that many people would want. It does not take long to disconnect the battery, so make sure that you are safe all the time.

4. Take off the panels

Before you can install the new speakers in place, you have to take off the older speakers. You will get that the stock speakers would come with a protective cover. This cover has to be removed to access the speakers. These barriers can be easily removed in no time to start the installation.

Depending on the type of car, the access to the stock speakers will vary a lot. Some would be easy while others would need removing even the seats to access the under seat speakers. Be prepared to switch out the speakers for the new speakers by whichever means.

5. Disconnect the stock speakers

Once you have reached the stock speakers, remove them from their location by removing the screws. Most of the time, the speaker would have several wires coming from it to the radio output. You are supposed to disconnect such connections from the stock speakers.

The disconnection is what will free it from the system and give you the chance to install the new speakers. The removing part is not hard as you can cut the wires at the right length and you will reconnect them back to the new speakers.

Make sure that you save the screws you got from the stock speakers. If the old and new speakers are of the same size, the new speakers might need to use the same type of screws.

6. Reconnect the new speakers

Depending on the type of speaker, some would come with the plugs where you simply plug into the wiring harness to connect the speakers. In some cases, it is all about using a soldered or crimped connection. You have to make sure that the type of connection you make is safe and cannot lead to short circuits.

Sometimes you just have to follow the instructions as given by the manufacturer. It is important to follow such instructions when you are not sure where or how to connect the speaker into the car electrical system.

7. Test the working of the speakers

car stereo

With the speaker connected, you would only be sure that it is working when you test it out. The testing is supposed to be done before securing the speaker in position. You might end up wasting a lot of time securing the speaker only to realize later that it is not working.

The testing is simple, you turn on the stereo and listen if each speaker is producing sound. You can touch it to feel the vibrations meaning that there is sound coming from the speakers. If the speaker does not produce a sound, then the problem is the electrical connection. Check it again to make sure it is done correctly.

8. Secure the speakers in position

Now that you are sure that the speaker is working correctly, what is remaining is just to secure it in position. Using the screws, proceed to screw the speaker into position easily. You would be lucky if the new speakers have the same hole location as that of the stock speakers. This means that no need to drill new holes.

If there is some drilling needed, this is where the electric drill comes in handy. You can create the hole and then easily install the speakers with ease. You can always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to understand more about the installation process where necessary.


I hope you got to enjoy the tutorial on how to install car speakers correctly. The next time you have to install the speakers, it is something simple as you can see. You can always end up with the best sound if you choose the best speakers over the stock speakers. Many people have done it before and their sound system is even better.