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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-07-2017, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hey new to the forum here. I have an 2007 Cobalt lt. Just recently the driver side door speaker stoped working, as well as the driver side control lights on a the mirror adjustment and selector buttons. I was just wondering if anyone has any ideals if these cars are known for electrical issues. I have taken off the door panel and the connections to both seem fine, as in no rust or frayed wires. Thanks in advance.
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The door speakers going out is somewhat common, but that goes for most cars these days. The door is considered a "wet" joint by design, and the speaker cone is made of paper, and eventually the moisture will cause it to stop working. However, I can't say I've heard of the light going out on the door switches. Did they go out at the same time, or is it a coincidence?

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I noticed the lights on the switch flickering and thought maybe it was just a lose cable, because the switch controls still functions just fine still. So I will probably leave it alone until it actually stops working. Then about a month or so later the speaker stared cutting out. Eventually leading to the speaker just not working. Maybe its time to try new speakers. Thanks.
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Being that the switches aren't necessarily in the wet section of the door, the connection just might be loose. It's not too tough to pop out. There's a screw under that cover in the pull cup. Then the whole bezel just pulls up and out of the door insert/armrest.

Yup - new speakers, even on the stock radio, will make for a great improvement over the stockers. Being 6.5s, you can get a decent speaker (certainly much better than stock) for not a whole lot.

@Coby7 might have an idea why the light is flickering, if it's not the connection.

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Bulb filament burnt out. The switch has a small 3mm rice type bulb and after 10 years of door shutting with a hot filament it eventually breaks. I've replaced these with LEDs for a member on here. Or you just replace the whole switch.

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I found a switch a the local wreckers for $35. As far as speakers go i think I will just get some kickers. They are fairly cheap. Thanks for the information.
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Kicker is the brand. They used to only make subs, but they've been making speakers for a while now too.

Pretty decent speakers from what I've seen, and affordable. They always made a solid sub, and some crazy comp subs. My dad had a pair of 6" kickers directly behind the seats (between the seat and the cage) in his '98 E-150 work van. I've yet to see a work van (or many cars, for that matter) who sound better. I have those subs in the basement - haven't decided what to do with them yet.

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I had some kicker speakers in my old car they sound decent. I have a 10in kicker comp sub. In the cobalt now. Thinking about ungrading my deck. Tempted to buy one off of that geek app. But hesitant. Anyone have recommendations on that.
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The stock head unit is honestly pretty decent, but if you have a sub in the car, it'll certainly be better sound and control off an aftermarket deck with RCAs.

I'm not sure what "Geek App" you're talking about?

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