Your car’s audio system is incredibly important for your overall driving experience. As such, you need to make sure that it’s up to the task. By performing this on your own, you’ll save some money, improve some essential skills, learn how to become self-sufficient and, overall, have a lot of fun while doing all of this. As for the method that you can use to get there, here are several steps you should follow in order to effortlessly complete this task.
1. Perform some testing
The first thing you need to do in order to check if everything is in perfect working order is to perform some testing on your car audio system. The simplest way to do so is to sit in the vehicle, crank up the windows and turn up the volume. Try to do this in your own garage so that you don’t disturb your neighbors but also keep in mind that, on the road, you might have some traffic noise to deal with as well. Now, it’s not just what you listen to but also what you’re looking for that matters. Clarity, bass and distortions in the music are the first three factors that you need to take into consideration. Once they’re out of the way, you’ll at least have a clue about what needs to be upgraded.
2. Do your research
The next thing that lies ahead of you is the planning stage, which also includes the research. First, you need to consider the size of the audio equipment, as well as the type of the audio connector that you’ll have to use. As far as the equipment parts are concerned, you have the power and ground, speakers, as well as the amplifier and the antenna connectors to consider. Forums are usually a great source of information, same as Reddit, seeing as how there are usually tons of sub-directories dedicated to the specific type of audio system that you intend to use. As for whether your car uses ISO 10487 Harness or a Quadlock, this is best checked in the car owner’s manual (or online).
3. Set the date
Depending on whether you intend to perform this on your own or contact a professional to do the installation you need to plan your next step. First of all, if you’re going for the professional installation option, you need to start looking for the shop to take your car at and agree on a timeline of the repair. If we’re talking about a DIY installation, we need to set aside enough time to handle this. Keep in mind that this doesn’t really take that much work, which means that you could do it all over a weekend.
4. Get all the equipment that you need
In a scenario where you decide to handle this issue on your own, you’ll have to start by getting all the equipment you need for this project. First, you need all the basic tools like screwdrivers and wrenches. Then, you need to buy all the sound system parts like a digital car radio, speakers, the antenna, etc. Even if you go for professional installation, you still might want to make a purchase online on your own in order to cut costs. The reason why it was so important for you to check the connectors earlier on is due to the fact that you may have to buy suitable adapters. Once you’re all set, it’s time for you to start with the final part of the process…
5. Removing the old sound system and installing the new one
By far the biggest challenge in this process is the removal of the door panel, mostly due to tiny plastic fascia pieces and a troublesome door handle removal. Then, you can proceed to remove the door speaker, as well as the entire door panel. With the help of the above-listed equipment, you can insert the new speaker in its place and use a connector (with or without an adapter) to install your new sound system in its place. The most important thing here is to remember that if your car is already started, the connectors will be charged, which poses a risk of electrocution. Therefore, remove the car key before you start with this process.
As you can see, upgrading your car audio system is not nearly as frightening as some people would make it out to be. Fortunately, once you’ve done it successfully for the first time, you won’t have any trouble repeating the process in the future.