Toyota rav4 speaker installation

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The Toyota Rav4 SUV is equipped with two pairs of speakers. One pair is in the front doors, and the second pair is located in the rear doors. Both pairs of speakers are of a round, 6.5-inch design. Since there are many aftermarket speakers of this size, the owner has many replacement options. Installing speakers in the doors requires removal of the door panels and drilling out rivets, which hold the existing speakers in the doors.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Panel tool
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Small flat blade screwdriver
  • Drill with 1/8-inch bit

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Instructions

    Front Door Speakers

  1. 1

    Pry out the triangular "sail" panel at the front upper edge of the driver's side door panel with a panel tool.

  2. 2

    Remove a plastic Phillips screw from the upper front edge of the door panel with a Phillips screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Pry open the screw cover in the middle of the plastic trim behind the door release handle, using the tip of flathead screwdriver. Remove a Phillips screw from behind the cover. Pry around the edge of the trim, and remove it.

  4. 4

    Pry between the seam of the door pull handle with a panel tool to separate the two halves. Remove two Phillips screws from inside the door pull handle with a Phillips screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Pry up the power switch panel, and pull it off. Disconnect the wiring plug on the back of the panel.

  6. 6

    Pry around the edges of door panel with panel tool, until the panel is loose. Lift the panel off the door.

  7. 7

    Drill out the three rivets, holding the speaker with a drill and 1/8-inch bit. Remove the speaker, and disconnect the wiring plug on the back of the speaker.

  8. 8

    Plug the new speaker into the wiring connector and test operation. Place the speaker into the door, and screw it into the holes left by the old speaker with screws that are included with the new speaker.

  9. 9

    Replace the door panel, and install the passenger's side speaker, using the same method.

    Rear Door Speakers

  1. 1

    Pry open the screw cover in the middle of the plastic trim behind the door release handle, using the tip of flat-bladed screwdriver. Remove a Phillips screw from behind the cover. Pry around the edge of the trim, and remove it. Pry between the seam of the door pull handle with a panel tool to separate the two halves. Remove two Phillips screws from inside the door pull handle with a Phillips screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Pry up the power switch panel, and pull it off. Disconnect the wiring plug on the back of the panel.

  3. 3

    Pry around the edges of the door panel with the panel tool, until the panel is loose. Lift the panel off the door.

  4. 4

    Drill out the three rivets that hold the speaker with a drill and 1/8-inch bit. Remove the speaker, and disconnect the wiring plug on the back of the speaker.

  5. 5

    Plug the new speaker into the wiring connector and test operation. Place the speaker into the door, and screw it into the holes left by the old speaker with screws included with the new speaker. Replace the door panel, and install the passenger's side speaker with the same method.

Tips and warnings

  • Panel tools are available at auto parts stores.

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