Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Front passenger-side speaker does not work - 1998 BMW 323is

asked by on

The front passenger-side speaker in my car is having difficulties. The only way that I have found to get it to work is to bridge a ground, like a metal plate from the car, to a small bit before the negative terminal that plugs into the speaker. Then, sometimes when I turn the stereo system off,the front speakers stop working. After that, I have to unplug and then replug the terminal of the passenger-side speaker for it to work. I just installed a new stereo system and I’m thinking that I must have done something incorrectly. Perhaps I should follow the wire all the way to the speaker. How can I get the speaker working? Thank you.

A: You are following the correct path - make s...

You are following the correct path - make sure the ground wire (brown on BMW’s) has a good current path from the speaker to the chassis of the car. A multimeter can help you check resistance along the way. A professional mechanic, like a certified technician from YourMechanic, can expedite the diagnostic process and repair wiring damage at your home or office.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Computer showing codes for things not broken

When a car's Check Engine Light comes on it is telling us there is a fault in a system and a code is displayed. When this code is displayed, it tells us where to start looking for a fault, but...

Q: How do I select an XM radio station?

There are four different ways to select an XM radio station: Press the fast-forward or rewind button and release it to move forward or backward one station. Continue to do this until you get to your desired station. Press...

Q: Car shakes when stopped; hesitates when accelerating - 1998 BMW 332is

You don't mention the Check Engine Light being on, but if so, check trouble codes before any other diagnostic activity - usually saves time! Good call on your initial repair - oil in the spark plug well can short the...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...