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speaker problems

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by SnoFarmer, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    speaker problems,

    I have a proublem.....
    Not that kind!:dizzy: lol

    The drivers side(door) speaker on my 98 and 01 cuts out.
    Have any of you experinced this proublem?
    If so where did you find the short?
  2. DSLL

    DSLL Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    take the panel off and see if a wire is loose on the speaker
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    I pulled both door panels and the speakers are hoked up every thing looks good in the doors.??
  4. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    SF, you problem might be with the speaker itself and not with the wiring. If you want to verify this, just swap the speakers side to side...that will tell you right away if it's a wiring or a speaker problem. Most OEM speakers are garbage so don't be surprised if it's the speaker thats shot.
  5. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    Is the bottom of the door rusting yet? Most Dodges I see are. Drivers is more common because people have that window open, open that door more. Water has gotten down in there and the moisture has killed the speaker.
  6. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    The inside of the doors looked dry and clean there still in good shape.
    It just seamed weird that both trucks have the same problem.
    The speakers looked to be good but I'll take another look and maybe try a different speaker.

    They will work for a little while then stop working for a few days:dizzy: .
    No one else with a dodge has had this problem?
  7. Northland

    Northland Senior Member
    Messages: 169

    I would guess that it may be the speaker it self. I would also venture a guess that its only th driver side door becuae that door gets used much more than the passenger side door. All that slamming you hafta do to get dodge doors to shut is pretty hard on speakers.... :D
  8. mak

    mak Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    See if you pinched a wire by the hinge from opening and shutting all the time.
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,238

    Impossible, he doesn't get out to shovel. LMAO
  10. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Thats kind of what I was thinking.
    I was just hoping someone else had this proublem ans could direct me to the short so I wouldn't have to tear it all apart.:dizzy:

    :rolleyes: :D
    You mean to tell me, that slamming the door as hard as you can may not be good for the speakers?
    who knew?:waving:
  11. ramitall

    ramitall Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    what you have to look for is water marks on the speaker.these trucks had a water problem.remove the speaker and see if it has a foam cover covering the back of the speaker.dodge made a cover to put in to keep the water off, but the only way to buy it is with a new speaker.
  12. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Thanks for the ideas.
    I won't be able to work on it until next week.
    new speakers and pull some new speaker wire also.
  13. jgoetter1

    jgoetter1 Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    Did you try the new speaker??

    I have the same problem with my 96 & 00 Dodge Ram 2500's. The 96 driver's side door speaker is very weak. The 00 driver's side door speaker is gone. It started out by going in and out and then wouldn't produce sound until the truck had been running for about 1/2 hour. Now its gone completely.

    I know I have to replace the speakers, I'm just wondering what I'll have to pay and where I'll find them. I obviously don't want to replace them with anything fancy, just reliable.

    Let me know.
  14. ramitall

    ramitall Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    both front doors take a regular 6x9 speaker.
  15. graycenphil

    graycenphil Member
    Messages: 82

    Crutchfield is a good company with fair prices. Great customer service.

    Both the speakers on my '99 failed, so I bet it is your speaker.
  16. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    That's what I was looking for someone else with the same proublem.

    It looks like a new pair of speakers for both trucks.

    That was easy.;)
  17. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    Grab the wire loom going to the door and flex it back and forth lightly along it's length with the stereo on. You may find you have a broken wire in there near the spot that it bends at. I've had to repair a few opens in my door harnesses but they were to the locks and windows rather than the speakers.
  18. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    The speaker was shot.
    Installed a new pair and every thing works.

    Now I can start slamming the door again;)