How to Replace Car Speakers in a Santa Fe
By Nichole Liandi
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a mid-sized sports utility vehicle. It's equipped with front and rear speakers at the factory. If you're an audio enthusiast who wants to improve the sound quality in your Santa Fe, you can remove the existing speakers and replace them with higher quality aftermarket car speakers. Even if you've never done this kind of work before, you can replace the speakers if you can use basic hand tools and have several hours to spend.
Front door speakers
Pry off screw covers on the door panel, located in the door panel's top front edge, front center edge, the rear edge, and in the door release trim. Each of the the screw covers is a small plastic "button" that can be pried off by inserting the tip of a panel tool behind the edge and levering upwards.
Remove the Phillips screws located behind the screw covers. Remove one additional Phillips screw located at the bottom of the door-pull cup.
Pry off the trim piece that surrounds the door release handle, using your panel tool. Pry around the sides and bottom of the door panel with the panel tool until the door panel is loose. Lift the panel up and off of the door.
Remove four phillips screws on the perimeter of the speaker. Lift out the speaker and unplug the speaker wires from the back of the speaker.
Plug the new speaker in, place it in the opening and secure it with the screws. Remove and replace the speaker in the other door. Test the speakers and then reassemble the doors.
Fold down the rear seat. Remove the cargo cover, the cargo net, floor mat and the compartment cover from the rear cargo area floor.
Take out two Phillips screws from the rear hatch scuff plate. Pry around the edge of the scuff plate with a panel tool to remove it. Take out the cargo net anchors by removing the 10 mm bolt holding each bracket in place. Pry up on the pins holding the side compartment cover and remove the cover.
Pull the rear door gasket away from the side of the hatch opening. Pull the side panel back to expose the speaker.
Remove four Phillips screws on the perimeter of the speaker. Lift out the speaker and unplug the speaker wires from the back of the speaker.
Plug the new speaker in, place it in the opening and secure it with the screws. Remove and replace the speaker on the other side of the cargo area. Test the speakers and then reassemble the interior.
- "Car Stereo Cookbook"; Mark Rumreich; 2005
- "Hyundai Santa Fe 2001-2006 (Haynes Repair Manual);" Tim Imhoff; 2008
- Panel tools are available at auto parts supply stores.
Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.