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Old 05-29-2006, 08:22 PM   #1
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So, I was talking with my service advisor and asked him how difficult it would be to remove the rear quarter panel (to find the source of the leak), "Oh, not hard at all. There's like only three bolts holding it on" he says. Alright, sounds good. I had some time yesterday so I figured I'd work on it. Turns out, there's more like nine! Four of them are nice and hidden. Regardless, it wasn't all that complicated. Just removed the tail_light, bumper, and ground effects(?) under the door. Perfect, removed the quarter panel.... and there it is! Stupid crack. I threw some silicon everywhere to ensure no more leakage. Next time I'll attack the other side. It should be a little easier, not to mention quicker, now that I know (somewhat) what I am doing.
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Old 05-29-2006, 08:55 PM   #2
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Did you have to remove the quarter panel to find it? I just bought a 97 SC2 where it's obvious that the trunk has been leaking for a long time. The Spare tire well cover and trunk carpet are moldy, and the jack and spare tire are completely rusted.

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Old 05-30-2006, 02:49 AM   #3
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Default Re: What caused my wet trunk

I have the same problem. I figured it was under the rear quarter panel. I was looking at the bolts. It looked like they were torx. Is that true and if so what size are they?

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Old 05-30-2006, 09:25 AM   #4
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Did you have to remove the quarter panel to find it?
Yes, I did have to remove the quarter panel. It really isn't all that difficult. I could give you step by step if you like. When I get home this afternoon I could see if I have a better picture of the process.

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I was looking at the bolts. It looked like they were torx. Is that true and if so what size are they?
There is four torx screws (of the nine). Two of them are in the door, surrounded by rubber. The other two are at the tail.light. I am not sure of the exact size, though I can get that for you later today.

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Old 05-30-2006, 09:34 AM   #5
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Mine will be going in this week (or at least very soon) for a leaky trunk fix. It was already mis-diagnosed as a bad trunk seal, which was not covered under warranty. The rear quarter will have to come off. But this time it'll be warranty.

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Old 05-30-2006, 06:15 PM   #6
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torx screws sizes T-15 & T-30 (locations shown in green)
socket sizes 10mm & 7mm (locations shown in blue - I can't remember if I used any other sizes)

I am not a professional, and by no means do I know what I am doing!

1. Remove the 2 T-30 torx screws inside of the door. They are surrounded by rubber.

2. Removed the tail.light with the 2 T-15 torx screws. Pull the tail.light straight back, then disconnect the cable.

3. The best part of all. Remove all of the 'black plastic plugs' (not sure of their proper name) from the wheel-well, ground effects(?)(the thing below the door) and the bumper.
--If you don't know how to remove them, just seperate & remove the cap (start with the wheel-well, they are easier), now pull out the plug - some look as if they don't have a cap, they do, it is just flush with the plug--
The wheel-well has 5 plugs & 3 screws (7mm)
The bumper has 4 or 5 on the top as well as 5 or 6 underneath.
With the plugs removed from the ground effects, just simply slide it towards the front, and then pull it towards you.

4. There are 2 screws (10mm) that hold the bumper to the quarter panel. Access them through the wheel well (if you haven't removed the wheel-well guard, now would be a good time). There isn't a lot of room, just enough . The bumper can now be pulled away. Take note of the white thing circled in pink (for re-assembly).

5. Remove the 2 screws where the tail.light would be. Look inside to see how the little latch thing clips into the panel. (shown on the other pic)

6. Don't forget that bolt that's on top (usually covered by the trunk lid), and the 2 bolts that were hiding behind the ground effects.

7. The panel can now be removed. !!!There is a clip (circled in yellow) holding the panel on. I did not know this at the time, and just pulled the panel away---everything was fine. After inspecting the panel, it looks as if, to remove the panel, somehow(?) slide it forward. I did not do this. When I took it off, I pulled. When I put it back on, I pushed - no damage(for me).

Remember: I am not a professional, and by no means do I know what I am doing!

This process was extremely easy.
Try to remember where everything goes when removing pieces. I was left with an extra plastic plug. -One less to remove next time!

Any questions, feel free to ask, email, I'll do what I can to help!
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Old 06-02-2006, 11:50 AM   #7
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Well, thanks to your patient posting of instructions I now have a very dry trunk. I found the crack in the silicone in virtually the same place as yours. I siliconed the crap out of it and everywhere else it looked like it might leak in the future. I let it cure for a day and today washed the car. I would usually get water in the trunk during a wash. Today it was as dry as a bone. Tonight will be the real test as we are expecting heavy thunderstorms. Thanks again.

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Old 06-04-2006, 02:45 PM   #8
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Hey, that's great to hear!
It had rained here most of this last week, I tell ya, what a relief it was to find a dry trunk. It feels good knowing, after it rains or a wash, there is no longer a need to dry out the trunk.

I'm glad I could help.

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