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2008 Cobalt - Front speakers not working and no audible turn signal. Both stopped working at the same time.

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In my 2008 Cobalt, the front speaker in the driver door went inoperative - no turn signal noise, no warning chimes for door open with key in, seatbelt chime, low fuel chime, and of course, no music. All of those sounds come through the speaker. I switched the driver door speaker and the passenger door speaker, and now I have all of those noises back.

If you have manual roll down windows, you'll have to buy a special tool to remove a little clip that's behind the roller handle. This tool was included in a kit for about $7 that I bought at Harbor Frieght, but you might be able to find the kit at other auto parts stores. Google "removing window crank" and you should be able to locate a video that shows how to get it off.

Anyway, I switched the speakers and now we just don't have music coming out of the passenger door speaker, but at least we have all of the warning chimes and turn signal clicking noise again.

The dealer wanted almost $200 for a new speaker and to replace it (labor). Rediculous.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010

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  • meg20w Dec 02, 2010

    I have the exact same problem, THey both go out at the same time and they look at me like im crazy when i went to the dealership and told them about it.

  • babydl84 Jan 21, 2011

    I have a 2007 Cobalt and the exact same thing happened, both front speakers went out as well as the audible click for the turn signals. The repair shops want $110 just to DIAGNOSE the problem...I already checked all the fuses and they are fine. Is it likely that Im going to have to replace both speakers??

  • igniter64 Jan 21, 2011

    The turn signal clicking noise and the chimes (key in ignition with door open, seltbelt warning, lights on, low fuel, etc.) all come out of the driver's speaker, along with music from the radio. If you can hear music coming out of the passenger door speaker, then switch the speakers.

    I'm not sure if a normal speaker from the auto parts store will work - at least that's what Chev wants you think. I'm sure you'd rather have both speakers working, but in a pinch you would defenitely prefer it if the driver's speaker worked so you can still listen to the sound system and hear the turn signal.

    Even if you think both speakers are out, I would go ahead and try switching them first before doing anything else. It really is too easy to do, and cheap. And you might even get it working.

    If not, try speakers from a wrecking yard from a crashed Cobalt. I hate the idea of having to shell out a rediculous amount of money from Chevy. I mean come on - how much money does it actually cost Chevy before they mark it up? And how long is that brand new Chevy speaker going to hold out before it does the same thing as the original?

    In the original post, I mentioned the tool kit and the video. It really is easy.

  • Paul Schmitt May 01, 2013

    I have the exact same problem with my 2007 Cobalt LT. I went through the fuses and they are also OK. Is this a common equipment failure in this model?

  • Steven B Nov 28, 2017

    Yes it is a common problem. I replaced my radio and both speakers as the radio buttons also started to go bad.https://www.crutchfield.com Works great now.

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I am getting ready to replace the drivers door speaker in my daughter's 2008 Colbalt. The replacement speaker from Chevy was $25. She has power windows. Is there any tricks to removing the door panel? I don,t want to brake anything.

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Sounds like you need to check the fuse in the fuse box or check the wire harness going to the radio, Maybe it has come unplugged.

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I replaced both speakers (Well, i didnt; the professional audio people did) and it did nothing. Also, my electric door lock buttons stopped working (maybe thats an entirely different issue) but does anyone else have a fix thats worked? Id like to listen to the music through my two new front speakers.

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