How to Replace Speakers on a VW Beetle

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Are the speakers on your VW Beetle simply not up to par anymore? Do they crackle or buzz or even not work at all? It may be time to replace them. Don't worry. This is not too difficult to do, even if you don't have extensive mechanical or car audio knowledge. The key to remember is that a little pressure goes a long way. This could keep you from permanently damaging your car's front doors.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Flat head screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Take the interior panels off of the front doors. First, look for small screws near the doors' handles and the armrests. Remove these screws with your Phillips head screwdriver. Then, if your doors have window cranks on them, pry the cranks off with the flat head screwdriver and remove the spring clips you'll find underneath them.

  2. 2

    Look at the outside edges of your interior door panels. You'll notice that there are plastic pins that attach them to the metal. Push in on the head of each pin with your screwdriver to make it pop out. Then remove each pin from the doors. Pry the panels off the door with the head of the flat head screwdriver. Place it between the plastic and the metal and run it around the circumference of the door. You'll hear clicks as you pry the snaps out of the door frame.

  3. 3

    Grab the door panel and pull it toward you. Once you have each door panel about 8 inches off the metal, you will see plastic clips that still connect them to the door handles. You will also see some electrical wiring plugs. Disconnect these items, but remember where they go. Take a picture if necessary. Then pull up on the plastic to remove the panels entirely.

  4. 4

    Take out the four screws that secure each speaker to its door, but do not remove the wiring harnesses. Instead plug your new harnesses directly into the old ones. Then mount your new speakers in your doors, securing them the same way the old speakers were attached. Now put the doors back together by performing steps 1 through 3 in reverse order.

  5. 5

    Open the boot and locate your rear speakers. You will need to remove the interior floor panel to access them. It runs underneath the back seat. As before, you need to run the screwdriver along the edges of the panel and pop out the plastic clips. Then gently pull up, being careful of the shelf beneath the rear window.

  6. 6

    Remove the old rear speakers, which are attached with either nuts or screws, and disconnect the wiring. Set the new speakers in place and attach them. Then replace the panel.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure to buy speakers that are the proper size for your car.
  • The design of your Beetle will vary slightly by model year, so the procedure you should follow may not be exactly what is described. Always check your owner's manual before you get started on any project like this.

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