Speaker damage due to cold

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Maintenance' started by TapTapPull, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. TapTapPull

    TapTapPull Active Member

    Winter has been tough on my ST so far.

    As you may have read in my previous post in this sub-forum, I've been away a lot for work and haven't driven my Fiesta very much. I was one of the first people on this forum to receive my car, and I have not driven 1700km yet. So these problems are even more saddening, because I hardly even drive it!

    Anyway, when I left for work November 3 there wasn't any snow where I lived, but temps dropped, and it snowed while I was away. My car sat the whole time. I came back last Sunday, and it was cold. I warmed up my car and while I was listening to music, noticed that the front passenger woofer (in the door) was crackling. I think after sitting for so long in the cold it became brittle, and then it cracked once I started to use it.

    I've got extended warranty and I am pretty sure this will be covered. I plan to request a diagnosis of the problem, and a replacement speaker, if necessary. However, my car will remain parked outside for the entire winter. I assume any replacement is going to be as equally at risk for damage...

    Anyone else up North experiencing these problems?

    Are there aftermarket options that may be more durable? I'm very pleased with the Sony system, provided the speakers aren't damaged.
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  3. firSTinWpg

    firSTinWpg Member

    Same problem once it dropped below -20 last week. The driver door woofer started crackling intermittently. Weird part is a blown woofer should be crackilling constantly, but it comes and goes. Works fine 90% of the time. If it gets worse Ill book an appointment. Also had to perform a master reset of the MFT as it refused to work though voice control. Nothing would happen when you hit the button. Reset it and it works fine now. Super annoying you cant backup and restore your settings on a flash drive.
  4. mcummings182

    mcummings182 Member

    The exact same thing happened to me this morning. I figured it had to be from the cold. It was 19 degrees here this morning. It comes and goes for me too.
  5. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    No issues with mine yet. It was only 17F this morning. Mine is garaged while I'm at home, but that won't help when I'm away from home. Hoping this is limited to a certain batch of speakers.
  6. Firesail

    Firesail Active Member

    Mine is garaged three nights out of four because of my work. Last night it was down to 12F and I had no problems this morning.
  7. firSTinWpg

    firSTinWpg Member

    Gotta laugh at what you guys consider "cold" south of us. Around here 12F (-11C) is considered "put on a sweater" weather. It's not getting cold till it dips below -20C (-4F for you southerners), and not really f'ing cold till it hits -40 (same for both C and F).

    That said after 31 years, I hate freaking Winterpeg winter. Wish I could trade with some of you guys and your 17F mornings. Do you guys even need block heaters?
    LuvfiestaST likes this.
  8. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    We get down to -20C here too. I've even seen -30C here in CT. Never saw -40 and never want to! No, block heaters are not common here. I'm not a huge fan of Winter, but I do like seasonal variety and Winter is part of that. I just hope this speaker damage isn't widespread. I don't blast mine and using the Speed Compensated Volume control helps ensure the volume is lower when I park it so I don't accidentally hit it with higher volume when I first start the car.
    Firesail likes this.
  9. Soundman22

    Soundman22 New Member

    I saw 17 degrees the other day and so far no problems with the speakers.
  10. wash

    wash Active Member

    Winter sucks so bad, it snowed 6-7 years ago and every year we get 3-4 days when the overnight low is 29-30° and we have to throw a blanket over the tangerine tree or else the fruit freezes.
    Steve@Tasca likes this.
  11. captainmorbid

    captainmorbid Active Member

    We get 3 or 4 days where we can't ride a ski-doo...
    Steve@Tasca likes this.
  12. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    Wow, you have it pretty rough, eh?
  13. wash

    wash Active Member

    Its OK, I can manage.
  14. Firesail

    Firesail Active Member

    Yea, life must be real tough.
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  15. Mike

    Mike Member

    Last night it got so nippy we had to turn of the a/c.
  16. TapTapPull

    TapTapPull Active Member

    In all seriousness, the weather warmed up to hover steadily around 0 C days after making this thread, and the speaker issues subsided.

    I don't think that anything "cracked" per se, just that the cold greatly affects the sound due to membrane inflexibility. Plus there are door panel rattles due to the cold, as well.

    In conclusion, when the car is left in the cold (-20 C and below), the speakers will struggle, and you may get door panel rattles. Provided you don't "push" the volume limits when the speakers are cold, warmer weather should resolve the issues.
  17. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    Good that the speakers aren't permanently damaged, bad that they don't perform well in the cold.
  18. aborbs87

    aborbs87 Active Member

    My driver side speaker started to make these noises a couple days ago when it was -13 Fahrenheit. I believe it has completely stopped working last night. Should I wait it out to see if the warmer weather will bring it back to life?

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  19. Firesail

    Firesail Active Member

    Get to the dealer and get it replaced.
  20. aar0n

    aar0n Member

    The dealer will replace my speaker?!?!?! I am having the same problem with my passenger side front speaker. Sorry to revive an old thread but i have the same issue.
  21. LuvfiestaST

    LuvfiestaST Active Member

    I've already had the rear passenger speaker replaced. Looks like there maybe more to follow

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