Introduction

This guide shows how to replace the front speaker of the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX. It can be used to replace a broken speaker, or upgrade an old speaker with a better one.

  1. Pry up the plastic tab from inside the  handle located on the front door armrest. Pry up the plastic tab from inside the  handle located on the front door armrest.
    • Pry up the plastic tab from inside the handle located on the front door armrest.

  2. Pry up the plastic tab from inside the door handle housing.
    • Pry up the plastic tab from inside the door handle housing.

  3. Use your Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the 8x3/4" Phillips screw by the upper door handle. Unscrew the second 8x3/4" Phillips screw located inside the lower door handle on the door's armrest.
    • Use your Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the 8x3/4" Phillips screw by the upper door handle.

    • Unscrew the second 8x3/4" Phillips screw located inside the lower door handle on the door's armrest.

  4. Pry off the entire door speaker and its housing located inside of the mirror. Using your flathead screwdriver, pry up the latch connecting the two white cords and disconnect the speaker.
    • Pry off the entire door speaker and its housing located inside of the mirror.

    • Using your flathead screwdriver, pry up the latch connecting the two white cords and disconnect the speaker.

  5. Using your flathead screwdriver, pry the middle plastic door piece away from the armrest. Using your flathead screwdriver, pry the middle plastic door piece away from the armrest.
    • Using your flathead screwdriver, pry the middle plastic door piece away from the armrest.

  6. Using your flathead screwdriver, press the white tab on the side of the larger cord bundle connecting the assembly. The larger cord bundle now can be pulled out.
    • Using your flathead screwdriver, press the white tab on the side of the larger cord bundle connecting the assembly.

    • The larger cord bundle now can be pulled out.

    • Press the white tab on the smaller cord bundle and disconnect the smaller cord bundle from the assembly.

    • Take note of the two screws that are now visible in the middle of the door panel.

  7. Unscrew both 8x3/4" Phillips screws from the middle of the door panel using your Phillips screwdriver.
    • Unscrew both 8x3/4" Phillips screws from the middle of the door panel using your Phillips screwdriver.

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  9. Pry the left side of the door panel away from the door using a flathead screwdriver. It may be easiest to start by prying away where the red circle is located.
    • Pry the left side of the door panel away from the door using a flathead screwdriver.

    • It may be easiest to start by prying away where the red circle is located.

  10. Using your hands now, pry the door panel away from the door. You will hear a series of pops when the white tabs disconnect from the door.
    • Using your hands now, pry the door panel away from the door.

    • You will hear a series of pops when the white tabs disconnect from the door.

  11. Finish pulling the door off of the frame, now that all the clips have been disconnected. Pull the door from the top, not the bottom or sides.
    • Finish pulling the door off of the frame, now that all the clips have been disconnected.

    • Pull the door from the top, not the bottom or sides.

  12. Disconnect the final two power window cables that connect the door panel to the door frame by pulling both out of their sockets.
    • Disconnect the final two power window cables that connect the door panel to the door frame by pulling both out of their sockets.

    • Congratulations! You are now done.

  13. This is how the speaker will look when the inside of the door is removed (refer to front door removal guide for more info).
    • This is how the speaker will look when the inside of the door is removed (refer to front door removal guide for more info).

  14. There will be three 8x3/4" Phillips screws (the third screw is indicated by the arrow; you can't see the screw in the picture) keeping the speaker in place. Use a #0 Phillips screwdriver to remove them. There will be three 8x3/4" Phillips screws (the third screw is indicated by the arrow; you can't see the screw in the picture) keeping the speaker in place. Use a #0 Phillips screwdriver to remove them.
    • There will be three 8x3/4" Phillips screws (the third screw is indicated by the arrow; you can't see the screw in the picture) keeping the speaker in place. Use a #0 Phillips screwdriver to remove them.

  15. There will be a plastic adapter connecting wires to the speaker. To separate the adapter from the speaker, use a flathead screwdriver to pry the adapter off. There will be a plastic adapter connecting wires to the speaker. To separate the adapter from the speaker, use a flathead screwdriver to pry the adapter off.
    • There will be a plastic adapter connecting wires to the speaker. To separate the adapter from the speaker, use a flathead screwdriver to pry the adapter off.

  16. Remove the plastic adapter from the wiring using wire cutters as shown.
    • Remove the plastic adapter from the wiring using wire cutters as shown.

  17. Using wire strippers, strip the two wires shown (blue and white, respectively) at about 1 inch from the end. Using wire strippers, strip the two wires shown (blue and white, respectively) at about 1 inch from the end.
    • Using wire strippers, strip the two wires shown (blue and white, respectively) at about 1 inch from the end.

  18. Using pliers, attach a special adapter piece to both wires as shown. Simply insert the wire into the plastic cavity and apply pressure. Using pliers, attach a special adapter piece to both wires as shown. Simply insert the wire into the plastic cavity and apply pressure.
    • Using pliers, attach a special adapter piece to both wires as shown. Simply insert the wire into the plastic cavity and apply pressure.

  19. Locate the part of your new speaker which has two 8x3/4" Phillips screws in line. Unscrew these screws slightly to allow the adapter pieces to fit under them, then screw them back in to secure the wires. Locate the part of your new speaker which has two 8x3/4" Phillips screws in line. Unscrew these screws slightly to allow the adapter pieces to fit under them, then screw them back in to secure the wires. Locate the part of your new speaker which has two 8x3/4" Phillips screws in line. Unscrew these screws slightly to allow the adapter pieces to fit under them, then screw them back in to secure the wires.
    • Locate the part of your new speaker which has two 8x3/4" Phillips screws in line. Unscrew these screws slightly to allow the adapter pieces to fit under them, then screw them back in to secure the wires.

  20. The final step is to place the new speaker, and tighten the same three screws as before to secure it. If you're having problems with your new speaker, refer to the troubleshooting guide here.
    • The final step is to place the new speaker, and tighten the same three screws as before to secure it.

    • If you're having problems with your new speaker, refer to the troubleshooting guide here.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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