How to Install Door Speakers in a 2001 Ford Sport Trac

Prior to 2001, some Ford buyers preferred the Ranger because of its pickup bed, while some preferred the Explorer for its passenger room. Ford realized that there were enough customers that liked both models and decided to combine the best of both to form the truck-SUV hybrid Ford Explorer Sport Trac in 2001. This SUV had enough room to haul four adults comfortably, and offered a small bed in the rear for light-duty hauling. The 2001 Explorer Sport had a four-speaker sound system as a standard feature; Ford positioned the speakers of this system in each of the doors. Replacing the speakers requires removing and replacing the door panels.

Step 1

Remove the screw cover from behind the pull bar — the plastic panel behind the bar that you pull when closing the door — by prying it off with a flat-head screwdriver. Pry the door handle bezel — the plastic trim around the handle you pull to open the door — outward to disengage its retaining clips and pull it off the door panel.

Step 2

Insert the blade of a flat-head screwdriver into the slot on the rear of the power window and lock switch bezel — the plastic trim surrounding the switches — and pry upward to disengage the rear clip. Pull upward on the bezel to remove it from the door panel.

Step 3

Press and hold the unlocking button on each wiring harness plugged into the power window and door lock switches, and pull each harness from its respective switch with a slight wiggling motion. Set the bezel and switches in a secure area.

Step 4

Remove the two screws on the bottom of the front door panel — under the map pocket — with a ratchet and socket. If you are working on the rear door panel, there is only one bolt on the bottom of the panel.


Step 5

Find the two screws behind the door panel pull handle and remove these with a ratchet and socket.