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How to Replace Front Door Tweeter Speaker 97-06 BMW 325Xi

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How to Replace Front Door Tweeter Speaker 97-06 BMW 325Xi

Created on: 2019-08-19

Check out this video to learn how to replace the door tweeter speaker in your 97-06 BMW 3 Series.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Front Door Panel
    • Pry up the mirror switch with a trim tool
    • Disconnect the wiring harness
    • Pry out the wood grain trim with a trim tool
    • Pry out the trim covers underneath the arm rest with a trim tool
    • Remove the five T20 Torx screws from the door panel
    • Pry out around the door panel with a trim tool
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Disconnect the handle cable
    • Unclip and disconnect the speaker wiring harnesses
  2. step 2 :Removing the Tweeter Speaker
    • Pry under the rear end of the window frame to release it
    • Remove the retaining pin from the front end of the window trim
    • Loosen the window frame trim at the front
    • Remove the window glass weather strip
    • Disconnect the electrical connector behind the vapor barrier
    • Remove the window frame trim
    • Disconnect the tweeter speaker electrical connector
    • Remove the upper T30 screw and loosen the bottom T30 screw
    • Slide the tweeter speaker up off the lower screw
  3. step 3 :Installing the Tweeter Speaker
    • Slide the speaker onto the lower T30 screw
    • Install the upper T30 screw
    • Tighten the lower T30 screw
    • Reconnect the speaker electrical connector
    • Install the window frame trim staring at a top corner
    • Reposition the weather seal over the trim
    • Snap the trim in
    • Install the retainer pin at the front end of the window frame trim
    • Reinstall the glass weather strip
    • Reconnect the electrical connector and reposition it in the retainer behind the vapor barrier
  4. step 4 :Installing the Door Panel
    • Clip on and connect the speaker wiring harnesses to the door panel
    • Pass the mirror switch wiring harness through the panel
    • Reconnect the door handle cable
    • Lift the door panel up into place
    • Tap in the door panel clips
    • Tighten the five T20 Torx screws to the door panel
    • Press on the trim clips underneath the arm rest
    • Press on the wood grain trim
    • Connect the switch wiring harness
    • Press the mirror switch into the door panel

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Magnet - Extendable

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Socket

    T20 Socket

Installation Video
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What's up, guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video, I'm going to show you how to replace the door tweeter speaker on this 2001 BMW 325xi. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description, head over to

To pull the switch out, you want to use something really thin. You can use a trim tool or a really small pocket screwdriver. Get in here. Just be careful. You don't want to ruin the door panel. You can try to put your plastic trim tool behind it to try to prevent from damaging the panel. Get underneath here, get under there, and it'll slide right up.

To disconnect the connector, just grab it and slide it up. Take a trim tool. We want to take this trim off right here. Just slide it behind here. Gently pry behind here being careful. Pop this out. There's some clips to hold it on. This one popped out, but we can pop that back in. With my trim tool, just get underneath here, take these little covers off, pop those off.

Now I can take these screws out. There's five of them. I'm going to use a T20 extension and a ratchet. You can use a little magnet to get the screws out. Now I'm going to get a trim tool and we'll just pry behind the door panel. I'm just going to pry it out. You want to make sure you pry it out this way.

Slide it off the lock rod. Be aware of those clips. That's why you want to slide it straight out. Now we can disconnect the handle right here. You just pry it up like that and slide it out. That's actually really easy. Take these wires off. You can use a trim tool. Get behind here, pop these off.

Disconnect the speakers. Just use a small blade screwdriver. There's no lock on that, but there is one on this one. You just squeeze it, just like that.

I'm going to take a trim tool. We're going to take this piece of trim off right here. Underneath here is the retainer. Try to get under there without breaking it. Slide that out. You've kind of got to slide it towards the middle of the car a little bit.

Over here is a little trim push pin right there. We want to try and get that off first. Get underneath there. It might be easier to use a pocket screwdriver. There we go. Pop this out. Slide this out over here. Take the trim tool, get underneath here. Oops, a little clip popped off. It goes right there.

This weather stripping is in my way, so I'm going to peel this up. Just grab this right here. That slides right out. There we go. Slide that out like that. There is the wire that's attached. I'm going to disconnect this wire.

Peel back on this butyl tape right here and disconnect the connector right there. Grab the connector and separate it. If you need to, use a little pocket screwdriver, slide it out. You can grab this trim. It should slide right off. There we go.

We're going to disconnect this little wire for this tweeter speaker right here.Just grab that or take a pocket screwdriver, just get underneath here. There you go, pull that off. I'm going to use a T30 socket, extension, and a ratchet and take these two bolts out first. The bottom bolt I actually don't have to take off yet. It is slotted, so you just slide it up and there's the tweeter.

Now I take this tweeter speaker, slide this over the bolt right there, and then take the screw, screw this in up top, and then we'll snug this up with the ratchet using the T30. This wire, plug it into this connector right here, lock it in place, and slide it back down here.

Now we're going to put this door trim back in. We're going to slide this corner up here first. Make sure that lines up. I'm just going to take a straight blade screwdriver. Try not to rip the weather stripping.

Slide this in position down here. Just take that straight blade screwdriver, make sure it gets in between this seal right here and the door. There's a little piece right there.

The clip popped off earlier, so we're just going to reinstall that. Line that up, lock that in place. Take this little pin. You're going to put that back in place. There we go, and lock it down. Take this a window strip or weather strip, slide that back into position, push it down. Just like that. Take this connector, line this up, lock it in place, and then stick it in the retainer, just like that. Now you're ready to put the door panel on.

We want to reconnect the speaker wiring harness. Connect the big speaker, and we'll connect the tweeter right there. This wiring harness is going to slide through here, just like that, and then push this retainer right here. Make sure this wire comes through here just like that. Then when we connect up this rod, this lock latch cable, we want to make sure that this inside latch is in the closed position like that. Slide this in here, latch it in place, double check to make sure it's working properly, which it is. It'll slide onto the lock rod. Get everything lined up and just push it back on.

We can reinstall the screws. Remember, the long screw goes right here and then the short ones go in the other places, so shorter screw goes right here using a T20 socket, a ratchet, and extension. Smaller one goes right there and then also under here, under the armrest.

All right, those are all tight. These little covers go on the bottom one. Just line those up, push them in. This cover goes on the top. Let's just pop this piece off here too. Take a straight blade screwdriver, pop this off. That can go right there. Take this piece, line it up. Get it lined up. There is two little tabs on the front of this, so get those in first. Take the mirror switch, let's connect the connector. It only goes on one way, and slide it in position. Push it straight down.

Thanks for watching. If you want the parts to do it yourself, check out, the place for DIY auto repair.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Magnet - Extendable

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Socket
  • T20 Socket

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