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Toyota Avalon Rear Subwoofer 86160-AC180

Posted by Administrator on 10/17/2012 to Speaker Repair
How to remove the Toyota Avalon rear deck subwoofer model 86160-AC180:

Climb into the back seat. The speaker cover, which also houses the stop light assembly, is held in place with a couple of pop-in clips near the front of the cover. Using your fingers lift up firmly on the forward most portion of speaker cover enclosure, right where it touches the rear deck. The cover/enclosure should lift up about an inch as the pop-in clips come loose. If you can’t get it with your fingers, carefully use a flathead screwdriver to pry it up. Now carefully pull the cover forward, towards the front of the car, about an inch. This should free the fingers that hold the rear of the cover in place. Reach back and disconnect the stop light wiring harness plug. You have to press on the center of the plug to release the lock as you pull it out of the socket. The cover should now lift away easily.

You can now see the woofer/speaker mounted in a black plastic frame held to the rear deck using 4 x 10mm bolts. DO NOT remove the speaker from the black plastic frame. Remove the speaker and the black plastic frame together. Using a 10mm deep well socket remove the 4 bolts holding the speaker frame in place. Now comes the slightly difficult part. The sides of the plastic speaker frame are under the fiberboard rear deck. You have to push the speaker frame to one side about an inch, further up under the rear deck fiberboard panel, so the other side of the speaker frame will lift up clear of the deck panel. It takes some doing. Lift the panel and push the speaker at the same time, kind of working it back and forth to get it to move. Once you get one side free and clear, the other side comes out pretty easily. If you have a helper, they can push the subwoofer up from inside the trunk. The speaker wire is still connected. Reach down and unplug the speaker using the same method. The speaker and frame will now lift clear.

You can use the radio while the woofer is removed. Change the fader all the way to the front speakers.

Order kit # FSK-8M to repair it like new! 



Joseph Teclesenbet
Date: 4/8/2013
Toyota Avalon 2000,sedan 4door,automatic transmission
Date: 9/8/2015
Is that solution applicable for Avalon 2007, Limited ? In different sources i get that back seat have to be removed ... Thanks!
Date: 9/25/2016
The rear speaker in my 2007 avalon limited in under a large panel that houses the sun shade, how do i remove this cover to get to the speaker?
Dick Huopana
Date: 11/4/2016
If I ship my Toyota Avalon Rear Subwoofer 86160-AC180 entire assembly for you to repair, what will the repair cost me?
Date: 12/14/2016
I fixed mine 3-4 years ago using Simply Speakers, still works great!
David Haines
Date: 11/16/2018
I followed this instruction to remove the speaker assembly from our 2003 Avalon XL. I have a couple of tips to add: 1) The connector to the stop light is very stiff and pretty much impossible to unplug unless you first twist and remove the bulb and socket from the cover. Then it is easy to unplug and set the bulb and socket aside. 2) Push the frame under the fiberboard panel to your right (as you face the rear of the car) not to the left, away from the car seat anchor. When you get the front corner of the frame in the clear, lift that first and it comes right out. I also followed the printed instruction that came with FSK-8M, which didn't have some specific information for this repair that could be useful. The frame and speaker are glued together with some really sticky black stuff, similar to engine gasket compound. After removing the screws, the only way I got it separated was to pry a tab provided on the metal speaker frame (assume it was put there for this purpose). Alcohol, even acetone, won't really dissolve this stuff very well. I had to repeatedly soak and scrape, soak and scrape for a couple of hours. The glue fastening the old foam to the cone was the toughest. I had to leave a little residue because the paper was going to get hurt. This kept your glue from adhering in a couple of spots, so after gluing the outside to the frame I then lifted the inside edge and applied more glue. Happy to report the foam was a perfect fit and the speaker performs as new!

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