How to Replace the Door Speakers in a Chevy Colorado

by Nichole Liandi

Replacing speakers in a vehicle is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of improving the sound in your car. The Chevrolet Colorado is a good candidate for speaker replacement--the process is straightforward and fairly simple, and you can improve the sound in your ride with only a small investment in time and effort.

Use a panel tool to pry out the top of the "sail" panel--this is the triangular plastic panel at the front edge of the window/door intersection. Lift the panel up and pull it away from the door when the clip holding it releases.

Remove the screw inside the door pull release with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Remove the two screws in the bottom of the door pull cup. Then lift up the door pull trim and the attached power switch panel. Unplug the wiring connectors underneath the panel and remove the panel.

Pry around the edges of the door with your panel tool to release the clips holding the door panel in place.

Lift the panel straight up and off of the door frame.

Remove the screw at the top of the factory speaker and pull the speaker forward. Unplug the speaker wires from the speaker and remove it.

Place the new speaker in the opening and mark the location of the speaker tabs. Remove the speaker and drill holes in the marked spots with a 1/8-inch drill bit and drill.

Connect the speaker wires to the new speaker, place it in the opening and screw it in place with small sheet metal screws.

Replace the door panel and trim by reversing the disassembly steps.

Warning

  • Be sure your car is in park when working on it and wear appropriate safety gear when using power tools.

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About the Author

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.

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