How to Stop Car Door Rattling From Speakers?


Having a car door rattling from playing speakers is a common problem that many drivers experience daily.

Unfortunately, it does not take much to start hearing unpleasant noise coming out of the door while listening to music. So, how to stop door rattling from speakers? Let’s find out.

As a general rule to stop door rattling from speakers, check and tighten all speaker screws. Also, remove all loose elements from the door pockets. Finally, to further reduce vibrations, install foam baffles and sound deadening panels in the doors.

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Tip: Dealing with rattling car speakers while listening to music can be annoying.

In many cases, you can colve this issue by adding thin cushion rings between the speakers and metal door panels. 

In the article below, I will show you the simplest ways to fix a rattling speaker in the car and reduce car door vibration. 

Why Is My Car Speaker Rattling?

The vibration of your car can be troublesome. It’s caused by the sound waves hitting and vibrating car body panels, such as door frames or dashboards.

This is especially notable when the surfaces to which speakers are connected are not soundproofed, for example, bare metal door panels. 

This unfortunate side effect happens when listening through speakers in specific frequencies (e.g., bass). As you know, subwoofers create more shake than tweeters do.

Most of the body panels’ vibrations occur when the sound pressure coming from the speakers and subs is causing the resonation of the surfaces and vibration of the loose items.

When you hear rattling, it does not mean that only the car door rattle, but the sound waves also affect the dashboard, parts of the interior, and the entire bodywork, especially when you listen to really loud music.

How to Stop Door Rattling From Speakers?

There are a few simple things that you can do to stop rattling the car door from the speakers.

Some steps are straightforward, and this is pure car maintenance. Others will require basic know-how and some sound-deadening materials.

Follow these simple steps, and you’ll soon be able to enjoy listening to your favorite tunes while driving without any vibration noise.

Lower the Volume

Sounds obvious, right? While you may enjoy listening to loud music, a high volume level will cause the speakers to rattle.

It is good to keep the volume about 6dB below the maximum level, which will help reducing speaker vibration problems.

Check Door Pockets for Any Loose Items

It happens to all of us. Small things in the door pockets move and hit the door panels in your car, making the rattling sounds. This may be some hairpins, pens, change, glasses, a watch. It does not matter.

Take them out, and go for a test drive to see any difference in the audio quality. If you do not hear any more rattling, you do not have a problem with the speakers.

Find Which Car Speaker Rattles

It’s a good idea to check your speakers individually to determine which one makes all the rattling noise. Often it’s just one problematic speaker.

To find out which one, adjust the fade and balance on the radio. This allows you to move the sound between the speakers at the front and back of the car. 

When you know which speaker makes the noise, now you have to fix it. The most common reason for a speaker to rattle is a loose one or more mounting screws.

To work out exactly how to fix the problem, you should carefully inspect each speaker’s mounting and check the cones and surroundings to determine if any of them are blown.

If you have all screws tightened and the rattling problem persists, there may be an issue with a blown speaker or loose vibrating door panels.

To work out exactly how to fix the problem, you should carefully inspect each speaker’s mounting and check the cones and surroundings to determine if any of them are blown.

You should also check the car’s body panels and install bass blockers. This is likely to help resolve the problem.

Check if Speaker Is Blown

If you have tightened all the screws and the speaker is still rattling, your speaker may be blown, and if it is, you will probably find torn cone on wither its inner or outer side.

Any torn place you can fix by gluing a thin patch to the damaged area. In case of minor damages, you can use duct tape, but it may start falling off after some time.

After the repair, play the music and see if the rattling issue has been fixed.

Use Foam Rings to Stop Vibrations

Adding foam rings is the simple way to create a distance between the speaker and door panels, reducing door vibrations.

Foam rings are mounted on top of the speaker and directed towards the plastic door panel and create a cushion between both elements absorbing speaker vibrations.

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Install Bass Blockers

Most car speakers cannot produce the lowest frequencies, and when you listen to the boomy music, you hear car speakers rattling when the volume is up.

A good solution is installing bass blockers between the amplifier (or radio) and the speakers.

They work by cutting out the lowest frequencies, which should be played by the subwoofer, leaving the higher frequency sounds for the speakers.

Install a Car Subwoofer

You can use a subwoofer to remove from the speakers most damaging frequencies from overloaded speakers. 

When directing the lowest frequencies towards the subwoofer, check the lowest value your speakers can work with and set a crossover frequency just over that value.

In most cases, you should set a low pass filter at 80Hz, meaning that all sounds of 80Hz and lower will go through the subwoofer.

Transferring the lowest tones to the subwoofer will reduce speakers’ vibrations in the car and reduce the risk of speakers blowing.

Check Car Body Panels for Vibrations

Any car panels like the dashboard or door panels may rattle due to the vibrations and make irritating noise.

First, when you start inspecting speakers, you will have to remove the door panels and while you have them disassembled if they are not loose or falling apart. 

An excellent way to check if the door panels cause the rattling is to play the music while door panels are taken off.

If you do not hear any rattling sounds, then you know that door panels caused the problem. To solve this, make sure that all plastic clips are in place and add sound deadening to the door panels.

Ask Professional for Help

If none of the solutions above work and your speakers still vibrate and rattle, it is time to visit a car audio service to define where the problem is.

Conclusion

If you like listening to music with loud bass, your speakers and doors will likely rattle and vibrate.

Following the above steps will allow you to reduce or even eliminate the rattling speakers problem. However, take your time and follow the steps carefully.

If you have tried soundproofing your car door and it did not help, you could consider visiting a car audio expert who can get to the root of the problem and review the car audio setup.

Martin

Welcome to ImproveCarAudio! I am Martin, and I love to write about everything related to car sound systems. I strive to provide the most accurate and helpful information about car audio through extensive research, as well as my experience with car audio installations.

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