If you want to improve the sound of your Hyundai Sante Fe's stereo system, start with the speakers. Like most vehicles, the stock speakers in your Sante Fe are not of a particularly high quality, especially when measured against the sound quality you'll get with high-performance aftermarket car speakers. If you haven't replaced car speakers before, you may be intimidated by the uncertainty of how you'll get to and remove the original speakers. But with the proper instructions, it's a job well-suited to the do-it-yourselfer.
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Socket set, 10mm socket, extension
Fold down the rear seat in your Sante Fe. Empty any goods or gear out of the rear compartment, and then remove the cargo cover, cargo net, floor mat and carpet from the rear compartment.
Remove the two screws from the rear scuff plate where the rear hatch closes, using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull up firmly or pry up the plate and remove it.
Use a 10mm socket, ratchet and extension to take out the 10mm bolts that hold each of the cargo net anchors in place. Remove the cargo net anchors after you've taken out the bolts.
Remove the cover over the rear side compartment by first prying out the three push pins holding it place. Pry under the push pins to pop them out.
Pull the rear hatch gasket, the rubber seal around the rear hatch, away from the edge of the rear right side panel. Then grasp the side panel and pull it away from the car body until it's far enough away that you can access the speaker.
Remove the four Phillips screws holding the speaker in place. Pull out the speaker, disconnect the wiring plug and remove it from the car.
Plug your new speaker into the wiring, insert it in the opening, and screw it in place. Test the speaker's operation by turning on the stereo. Reassemble the cargo area by reversing your steps.
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