How to Install Speakers in a Mazda Protege

By Nichole Liandi

The Mazda Protege was a compact sedan produced by Mazda for many years, with production ceasing in 2003. Although most Proteges came equipped with a factory stereo and speakers, audio enthusiasts who want to upgrade the sound in their Protege often replace the speakers with improved models.

Things You'll Need

  • Panel tool
  • Screwdrivers

Replacing the Front Door Speakers

Step 1

Find the sail panel, the triangular plastic piece at the leading edge of the door and window. Pry this off with your panel tool.

Step 2

Pry off the plastic screw cover below the sail panel, on the door panel proper. Remove the screw behind it.

Step 3

Remove the Phillips screw behind the door latch.

Step 4

Find the Phillips screws on the door handle and remove them. Then pry the door pull handle off.

Step 5

Release the clip holding the window crank arm on by prying it off with a screwdriver.

Step 6

Pry out the two plastic pins on the back edge of the door. Pry around the perimeter of the door panel and lift it up and off.

Step 7

Unscrew the current speaker and disconnect it. Connect the new speaker and screw it into place.

Step 8

Reassemble the door panel after testing the new speaker.

Replacing the Rear Deck Speakers

Step 1

Fold down the rear seats and remove the plastic pins on the front edge of the rear deck panel.

Step 2

Push the brake light assembly down and toward the back window to release it. Disconnect it and remove.

Step 3

Work the seat belts out of their slots on the rear deck, after sliding out the pins that hold them in place.

Step 4

Slide the rear panel toward the front and out of the way, exposing the speakers.

Step 5

Unscrew the old speaker and disconnect it. Connect the new speaker, mount it, and test. Then reassemble the rear deck.