BMW E46 Door Speaker Repair – 30 Minutes
A BMW E46 door speaker repair is very simple. In 30 minutes or less you can replace that blown door speaker in your E46 3 series vehicle.
A BMW E46 door speaker repair is another one of those “do it yourself” projects that can save you a ton of dough. The replacement speaker is cheap, and the labor to install it is simple…even for the most novice of mechanics.
“In 30 minutes or less you can replace that blown door speaker in your E46 3 series vehicle.”
The door speakers on the BMW E46 3 series seem to be the first ones to blow as the vehicle ages. One thing we do suggest is not to purchase a used speaker on Ebay as a replacement. It doesn’t make any sense to replace a used speaker…with a used speaker. Especially when a new door speaker can be purchased for about 70 bucks. We also suggest buying some spare door panel clips since you will most likely break a few when removing the door panel. It’s no big deal…even the mechanics at the dealership break them.
Tools and Supplies
T20 torx bit
- Using a T20 torx bit, remove the upper door panel armrest screw.
- Using the same bit, remove the lower door panel armrest screw.
- Finally, remove the center door panel screw.
- Using a plastic trim removal tool, carefully “pop” the door panel off of its trim clips. Slowly make your way around the panel using your hand until you can gain clear access to the back of the door speaker. Don’t worry about breaking clips…this is totally normal and are easily replaced.
- With the back of the speaker exposed, use a phillips head screwdriver to remove the three speaker mounting screws.
- Pull the speaker loose of the door panel and unplug the electrical connection.
- It is very normal to break door panel clips during disassembly. In fact you might as well have a bunch laying around ready to use for most interior repairs.
- Just simply remove the broken clip by sliding it out of the door panel. Replace with a new clip.
- Reassemble in reverse order. Pay particular attention to the clips; make sure they line up in the holes in the door. Take your time putting the panel together…if you rush you will break more clips and cause frustration.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment on this article or contact us. And congratulations for Doing It Yourself!
The Repair Difficulty Level displays graphically how challenging the repair is, from easy to advanced. Easy repairs usually require very few tools, have short repair times and do not require jacking and supporting the vehicle. As the difficulty level rises, expect the repair to demand more time, specialized tools, and better understanding of mechanics to complete the job.