Front speakers not working

#1
Hi everyone,

New owner just picked up a 2014 S. Once I took possession I realized the front speakers aren't working but the front tweeters are fine.

It strikes me as odd that both front speakers wouldn't work at all.

Anything I should check? I would really appreciate any help.
 
#2
The signal from the head unit goes to the tweeters first and then to the other speakers. I would start there.
You can just pull the plastic tweeter housing straight out. There is a four pin connector that’s plugged into the tweeter. I don’t know what to tell you to look for other than that. If you have a multi meter, you could check to see if the voltage is passing through.
It’s gonna be a little harder to troubleshoot this since you probably don’t know what’s been done to the car before you purchased it.
But I’ll help you out the best that I can.

The door panels can be easily removed. There are lots of YouTube videos on how to do this.
Just remember there are two screws behind the long plastic door pull and one screw behind the latch handle.
If you get this far, first look at how the speakers are mounted. If there are still rivets holding the speakers in, then it’s probably never been changed out.
Again, lots of YouTube videos out there.
 
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#3
There is a flaw when these were produced. Water comes in the door panel and drips down to the speaker connector. I almost opened a task case on mine. But then I found out my co workers have had issues with the same problem. But since your car isn’t under warranty anymore you can probably rewire the speakers.
 
#4
Thanks for the replies. So if it is the issue with water leakage in the door panel, the speakers have to be re-wired? I would have thought in that case the speaker gets replaced.
 
#5
Thanks for the replies. So if it is the issue with water leakage in the door panel, the speakers have to be re-wired? I would have thought in that case the speaker gets replaced.
On mine since it was still warranty, I put in the whole door harness and speaker. But the speaker wasn’t bad, there was just corrosion in the connector. It could have been cleaned out, but I just didn’t want future problems.
 
#6
Thanks for your replies, I really appreciate your help.

Corrosion would have been what I was guessing with a water issue so I was confused why the wiring would need to be replaced. I wonder if cleaning the connections and applying dielectric grease could help prevent future problems.
 
#7
Hi everyone,

New owner just picked up a 2014 S. Once I took possession I realized the front speakers aren't working but the front tweeters are fine.

It strikes me as odd that both front speakers wouldn't work at all.

Anything I should check? I would really appreciate any help.
Just bring it to a dealer they will fix it and install a updated water barrier
 
#8
I brought it to the dealer. The car has the ECP (I think that is what it was called) warranty, and I was told that speakers are not covered, wiring is not covered, but the rivets that secure the speaker are covered.

They told me they would not cover the fix other than the rivets and if I wanted them to fix it, it would be $1780+tax CDN. Very disappointed in Toyota. What a joke.
 
#10
Guys, I've found a related post dealing with same behavior some of you are experiencing. Issue seems to be with static caused by speaker wiring in the trunk. I'm not saying this is the answer to everyone's problem but from the sounds of it, Toyota did a crappy job wiring the speakers on this car all together from the sounds of it. Please check this post below but just moving the wires off the metal speaker mount got the radio working again for many:

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/Discussion-t35351_ds517869
 
#12
Guys, I've found a related post dealing with same behavior some of you are experiencing. Issue seems to be with static caused by speaker wiring in the trunk. I'm not saying this is the answer to everyone's problem but from the sounds of it, Toyota did a crappy job wiring the speakers on this car all together from the sounds of it. Please check this post below but just moving the wires off the metal speaker mount got the radio working again for many:

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/Discussion-t35351_ds517869
Thanks, Kleb, you always give great info for us!
 
#13
I have taken my 2014 Corolla in 3 times. After the 3rd time it was fine for a few months but now the left side isn't working AGAIN. I'm so frustrated that even Toyota dealership can't figure it out and I have wasted so much time taking it back. I would think there would be some kind of recall with all the issues people have.
 
#14
I have taken my 2014 Corolla in 3 times. After the 3rd time it was fine for a few months but now the left side isn't working AGAIN. I'm so frustrated that even Toyota dealership can't figure it out and I have wasted so much time taking it back. I would think there would be some kind of recall with all the issues people have.
Not many people are having this issue. My dealer has had about 3 corollas including mine that had one or both front speakers not working. There is nothing on our Toyota site about the issue. So unless they know of other customers having the problem, they won’t know.
 
#17
My wife has a 2014 Corolla and we just got the report back that the same issue described here happened to her. The RTV sealant on the plastic covering about the speaker failed, allowed water in and corroded the connector and ruined the speaker. The 3rd party warranty we bought won't cover ANY water damage. The service manager had me call Toyota Customer Care @ 800-331-4331 and open a case with them. He suggests that everyone having or who's had this issue also open a case. The more open cases, the better chance a service bulletin or recall will be produced. I'll know in a couple days if Toyota will do anything. The dealer wants $450.00 to fix it. If Toyota won't fix it, I'll just get the PowerBass replacements from Crutchfield and repair the connection myself. Under $100.00. $89.99 for a pair and free shipping.
 
#18
My wife has a 2014 Corolla and we just got the report back that the same issue described here happened to her. The RTV sealant on the plastic covering about the speaker failed, allowed water in and corroded the connector and ruined the speaker. The 3rd party warranty we bought won't cover ANY water damage. The service manager had me call Toyota Customer Care @ 800-331-4331 and open a case with them. He suggests that everyone having or who's had this issue also open a case. The more open cases, the better chance a service bulletin or recall will be produced. I'll know in a couple days if Toyota will do anything. The dealer wants $450.00 to fix it. If Toyota won't fix it, I'll just get the PowerBass replacements from Crutchfield and repair the connection myself. Under $100.00. $89.99 for a pair and free shipping.
Ok so it’s not a hard repair. Take the door panel off and cut the connector for the speaker and crimp a female connector on each and plug in. The duct tape the plastic down.
 
#23
No, only coroded wires to the point they where cut strait at the conectors both sides, wiring seem to be aluminium or a cheaper materiel, the conectors legs are coper, i guest im not the only one whit this issue, toyota whent cheap on sound system, hope its the only place they whent cheap!
 
#24
What exactly did you replace? I’m having the same issue with the front left speaker. I’ve noticed that with the door open and jiggling the rubber wire casing everything works fine but then cuts out when the door is shut. So how could I easily replace this wire?
 
#25
You need to replace the conector at the end of the wire in the door, this is the white part that is halfway out on the picture i took , in my case i manage to reconect those wire using the same conectors that i took apart and reuse the litle femal coper parts. Try a search on ebay for corolla 2014 speaker conectors, you should get these for cheap,
 

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#29
Hi everyone,

New owner just picked up a 2014 S. Once I took possession I realized the front speakers aren't working but the front tweeters are fine.

It strikes me as odd that both front speakers wouldn't work at all.

Anything I should check? I would really appreciate any help.
I was told by my dealer to call Toyota and complain. They claim if enough complaints are made they may recall these cars to fix the problem
 
#31
I did ask the dealer, they told me when i bought the car last december to change the front speaker....... they probably knew about the problem but did not care, anyway i will file a complaint in the mean time i fixed my problem so i can use the hand free,! But you are wright we should file official complaint
 
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