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Dumb Question About Speakers
« on: November 10, 2017, 03:14:34 PM »
So, I did ALL my metal repairs with a set of good sounding speakers still in the car; I'm not an audiophile. I was just too lazy to remove them, also I assumed they were cheap speakers. Long story short, they are covered in pounds of metal grindings. Turns out they are Pioneer speakers and now I wish I pulled them out and packed them away.

I know next to nothing about speakers. Is there any easy way to remove all the metal shavings from the huge magnets on the bottom of the speakers? What should I be looking for as I visually inspect the speakers i.e. tears in the cone? The speakers haven't been powered up since the car was stripped, is there any risk of a metal shaving causing serious damage or fire? Should I just consider them a loss and replace them?

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Re: Dumb Question About Speakers
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2017, 03:46:04 PM »
I'd vacuum as much as possible from the inside of the cone and rub/scrape off everything from the back.  then try them out. 

Ironically, the best way to clean them is to remove them.  :-D

Worst case is they sound like crap and you buy new ones.  Ican't see the metal shavings in/around the speakers being a fire hazard.
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Re: Dumb Question About Speakers
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2017, 05:02:43 PM »
You should be able to vacuum all the shavings off and be good to go, so long as metal shavings didn't cut up the cone or diaphragm.

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Re: Dumb Question About Speakers
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2017, 08:33:41 PM »
Thanks guys.  I've never opened or looked closely at a speaker so I have idea what's in there.  :shock:

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Re: Dumb Question About Speakers
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2017, 06:58:03 AM »
I wouldn't put a vacuum cleaner to the cone itself - the vacuum might suck a hole in the paper or tear the spider/voice coil assembly.

I would just use a soft paint brush - remove the speaker and hold it upside down and brush out the cone

A vacuum should be fine on the magnet on the back though

Re: Dumb Question About Speakers
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Re: Dumb Question About Speakers
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2017, 10:19:54 PM »
If you used the brush attachment on the vacuum that'd distance it enough to keep from applying to much force, but I agree if not use a brush or dry towel to gently wipe them off.  Might also find it easier to use a towel to wipe the shavings off the magnet if the vacuum doesn't get it all.

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Re: Dumb Question About Speakers
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