How To Repair Stereo Speakers

Need to know how to repair stereo speakers? How you go about repairing your stereo speakers depends largely on what kind of damage is done to the unit. Whether it is faulty wiring, a blown speaker or bad connections, you deserve to hear the best sound out there! So don't settle for that cheap in-car speaker that might have been wired wrong. Fix it and get your ride back on its feet… or wheels.

To repair a stereo speaker, you will need:

  • A screwdriver
  • Tape
  • A soldering iron
  1. Before we go anywhere it is important to identify the problem with your stereo speakers. A blown speaker is probably one of the more common problems associated with audio equipment, and it can occur in all kinds of speakers (especially those used to play loud music). You can easily detect a problem associated with this condition by feeling the woofer, as the cone will move if it is working properly. A blown speaker will not move, or move considerably less than normal. You can also identify a blown speaker by buying a multimeter (at your local electronics super store) on your system. A normal, functional speaker will read "one," while a blown speaker will read "infinite."
  2. So, to repair a stereo speaker that is blown, you will need to disassemble the unit. Be careful not to tear anything, and remove the metal faceplate with a screwdriver. Use some tape to seal the tear in the speaker cone (if there is one). Order new parts if the voice coil is melted at some point. When your order comes in, carefully remove the offending piece and replace it with the new one (which may require a soldering iron if wires are involved). Test things out and if the unit still has a problem you may need to see a professional.
  3. When your speaker is crackling at high volumes, you are usually experiencing distortion. While distortion is often caused by improperly translated MP3 files, it can also be caused by many other factors. If your stereo speaker is crackling at high volumes it is most likely because it cannot handle those intense outputs and thus it gives out intense distortion. Simply get newer speakers with a higher volume threshold or listen to your favorite MP3s and other media at lower volumes.
  4. Lastly, if your stereo speaker sounds utterly horrible, with buzzing and vibrations galore, you more than likely have an improperly mounted speaker. To repair a speaker that isn't attached right, you simply could screw it in tighter, or even put a little rubber in between the speaker frame and interior of the car to stop intense vibrations. When the problem outdoes all of these methods, perhaps it is time to see a professional. While many repairs can be expensive, like at the stereotypical car mechanic, it is important to search popular websites to review the cheapest and best options to repair your stereo speaker.
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