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Chrysler 300M: Audio

P.S. (F.Y.I.)

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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Comments

  • 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.
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