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Chrysler 300M: Audio

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How to remove door panel / speaker access / Fix speakers.

In case anybody has to fix/replace speakers, or fix window rollup/down problems.

Remove metal speaker screen by prying it off.(Tricky part)
Remove 3 speaker screws and/or 3 panel mount screws.
Remove 2 screws holding window vent speaker, remove speaker.
Remove 2 screws holding Window speaker bracket.
Remove 3 screws along bottom of door.
Remove 1 screw in door opener, behind square plastic cover.
Remove 1 screw in cup of door handle.
Remove 2 screws below speaker, in the indentation part.
At this point, less I am forgetting a screw, simply lift the door panel up and away from the door.
You will have to detach the piece of plastic that holds the door lever rod.

The hardest part was that it took me a while to figure out that the screen mesh just pry's right off and snaps back in.

The speakers have a plastic cover with screening that needs to be pryed off. Using a screw driver, pry the plastic cover away from the speaker assembly at the speaker mounting brackets.

Regards,
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  • uniguyuniguy Posts: 39
    This is probably a repeat question, but what size are the speakers that are mounted to the a-pillars (window frame)? The one on the driver's side and vibrates really bad. I'd like to buy a replacement at Best Buy and try to install it myself.

    Thanks!
    Bret
  • 300mguy300mguy Posts: 9
    Hi,

    I had a problem with the door speakers vibrating. You probably want to make sure it is not those that are vibrating. I had originally thought it was the window speakers that were rattling. The small window speaker just come off with 2 screws.

    I wrote up how to fix the door speakers on 1306-26111 & 26112. There is another msg about speakers on 1305-26088.

    HTH,
  • uniguyuniguy Posts: 39
    Thanks, but I'm certain it's the little speaker mounted to the window frame.

    Bret
  • uniguyuniguy Posts: 39
    My apologies, you were right. Upon further investigation, the vibration was coming from the speaker in the door. Just ran to Best Buy over my lunch break and bought some Sony Xplod's -- 250 watts max output and 55 watts RMS. Should be better than what came from the factory. In my opinion, even "premium" factory sound systems are inferior to what is available in the aftermarket.

    Bret
  • 300mguy300mguy Posts: 9
    Cool.

    Yeah, the manufacturer of the speakers did not use enough glue (Cheap Skates, Mass manufacturing). The tricky part of removing the door panel is realizing the screen covering the speakers just pops right off.

    You can still repair the old speakers by prying off the plastic circular piece and gluing the cone back to the frame. Total cost is about $3.00 for a bottle of glue.

    Regards,
  • uniguyuniguy Posts: 39
    Had my new speakers installed yesterday. You were correct, the cone had about a 4 inch rip in it. I was surprised that these "premium" speakers had paper cones. I expected they would be polypropylene like most after market speakers. They are much better at producing bass than the stock Infinitys. For some reason, I can clearly see these speakers through the grills in the door panels whereas I could not see the stock ones. Not sure why that is... Probably something only I would think about.

    Later...
    Bret
  • According to the install guy at Best Buy, the small speaker in the center of the dash is a special size that is only available thru Chrysler dealers. Does anyone know if this is true? I was thinking it was a standard 3.5" speaker.

    Thanks,
    Bret
  • Anyone know?
  • You do have to buy it from Chrysler it's like $35 I had to replace mine. Circuit City and Bestbuy did not carry the correct size. Also called specialty shops and the wanted to drill and cut the hole to make it larger. So I bought it at Chrysler. Hope that this helps.
  • Thank you for the info!
  • Does anyone know how to get at the front center speaker? Do you have to remove the dash? and where exactly is it? Thanks
  • I don't know the technical details and can't give you step by step instructions but I can tell you that I know that in order to get at that little center speaker, you have to remove the gray plastic a-pillar and remove the long black plastic piece just behind the windshield. I'm sure it's a real pain. I'm having it replaced at the Chrysler dealer next time I take it in for service.
  • Thanks. Excuse my ignorance but where/what is the a-pillar? :confuse:
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Where the windshield is mounted.
  • Now I understand. Thank you.
  • Hi I just put new Radio to my 1999 chrysler 300M and I can hear out only the radio. there is no sound from minidisc and my cd changer player. does anyone know why? thanks
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Need more details. Is this a new, stock radio or aftermarket? Is it the stock CD-changer with aftermarket radio or vice versa? Is everything connected?
  • Hi, its aftermarket sony radio I had it before in my other car and everything was ok. now I now its playing equalizer and time are moving but there is no sound...
  • Hi, about one year ago I started experiencing static and scratching from the lower, driver door speaker. I removed it with the intent of replacing it at a later date. About three months later, the same thing happened with the lower, passenger door speaker. I removed it also with the intent of now replacing both front, 6-1/2" or 6-3/4", speakers. Just recently (after a year of not having my lower door speakers in) I purchased a pair of Infinity Kappa speakers, 6-1/2" round. I tested them out of the door by using jumpers/extensions and still noticed that the sound is not optimum. In other words, the sound is not clear. I believe the problem still exists but just sounds different with these new speakers, so I do not believe it is a speaker problem any longer. I even went as far as trying my car speakers with my home stereo and they did not exhibit the problem I heard in the car. I realize that the Chrysler 300M speakers are 2 ohm (YES-- TWO OHM!!!) and am surprised that others have been able to buy off-the-shelf speakers from Best Buy which only carry 4 ohm speakers where I live. They may still work but I have heard that you may be overamping the amplifier on the stock stereo. Which brings me to the belief that my stereo is the problem, but only the two lower front speaker channels-- anyone experienced this problem? Is there a separate amp that drives these speakers that is not inside the stereo? By the way, the 6-1/2" speakers I purchase are NOT the same diameter as the stock Infinity's which leads me to believe the actual stock diameter is considered 6-3/4" although the actual measurement is closer to 6-1/2" (am I supposed to include the tabs as part of the diameter?). Thanks in advance.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Yes, speaker sizes are measured by the entire speaker, frame and all, not just the cone.
  • cgrecucgrecu Posts: 1
    Hi everybody,

    a few months ago my cd changer (4 disc) stopped working, not sure what happened, but it looks like a disc got stucked or something, because when I press eject it tries for a while and then displays an error message and moves to the next disc and so on.

    I'd like to replace the cd changer, somebody told me that unless I use a factory model I will lose the on-wheel controls and I will only be able to control the new stereo via its own knobs, not sure if that's true?

    And, since I'm at the subject, I'd like to be able to plug my iPod to the car stereo, is there any way I could do that? I've read on this forum that the 6-disc model has an aux port - that should do the trick, but is it compatible with my 2001 300M?

    Also, how easy is to replace the cd-changer, I have little experience with this stuff, but I'd hate to go to a dealer and get charged $1000 or smth like this when I could buy everything I need off ebay and do it myself.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    If you're going to replace it with a factory CD changer (which might not be necessary), it's easy as pie. Pop off the console cover and take out the two screws holding the CD player in place. Pull it out, unplug it, grab the new one and reverse the steps.

    Yes, you will lose the use of the steering wheel buttons with an aftermarket stereo.

    There is an adaptor you can buy to hook up to the factory radio that allows you to plug in MP3 players. I can't remember the company that makes it though, sorry. Do a google search or go to the 300M club website forums and search the Audio Upgrades threads.
  • redyredy Posts: 1
    Can someone assist me in changing out the radio/CD player from my 1999 300M. How and where do I remove the console cover? Do I have to? Everything is plastic and I am afraid to break something. A CD got stuck in the old one so I am replacing the entire unit.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Just pry the plastic cover off the console then there are 2 screws holding the CD player in. Why not just open up the CD player and take the disc out? It would save you a few hundred bucks.
  • thepajthepaj Posts: 1
    Hi,

    I just bought a 2001 300M, and I love it. However, I was putting CD's into the player and the whole stereo is frozen and reads 1SEL. the 1SEL stays on even after I have taken the keys out of the ignition.... Any advice out there.

    thanks,

    The Paj
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    It's stuck in Driver Memory Selection mode for some reason. Press #2 on the seat memory button and see what happens. Then press #1 again.
  • mike23bmike23b Posts: 5
    i just bought a 1999 Chrysler 300M and the door speakers don't work on either door all small speakers are working does anyone no what the problem could be
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    The speakers are either not there, or they're disconnected.
  • mike23bmike23b Posts: 5
    I check the speakers are there so could you tell me how to check and see if there just disconnected. :confuse:
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Take them out and see if their plugged in at the back of the speaker. The grille just pulls right off, but you might have to use something to pry it loose first. After that, I believe there are 3 screws holding the speaker in. Unscrew those and pull the speaker out.
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