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Old 05-29-2007, 11:46 AM   #1
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Default My Wet Trunk

One cold winter day in canada i decided to open my trunk and look under the floor board and into my wheel well. What did i find - Rusty jack, tire iron and spare. And 6 inches of water.

Seems that i did not know about the trunk leak issue on the 97 sc's

So i set out to fix this problem, with the help of this forum.

In the cold with my gloves on, i stripped off the side panel, patched the hold with what the "tool" at canadian tire told me would patch the hole, put the panels back on and waited a week. Looked in the trunk, and low and behold More water.

So i waited till spring and began the progess again.
This time when i took the panels off i chissled off all the factory solder and gunk and filled with silicone caulk.




Which i have to say worked very very well. (see pics)

Then i just couldnt get away from that smell in the trunk. So i decided to gut it all down to the metal and rebuild.

Bought a 5'x8' sheet of plywood and proceded to build a new floor. Covered it with carpet. And added some side "hidden compartments."

I think it looks awesome.

Then i added a little fridge into my back seats, where the factory cupholders used to be!


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Old 05-29-2007, 01:29 PM   #2
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Default Re: My Wet Trunk

Good job! I have to fix my leak, but I'm lazy. And my subs are heavy, and I don't feel like taking them out, so I can lay in the trunk and have someone hose it down to find where the leak is. I like the cooler, that's an awesome idea.

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Old 05-29-2007, 07:14 PM   #3
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Default Re: My Wet Trunk

that's a nice looking trunk. although I have to say that white stuff looks like something nasty from the Alien movies.

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Old 05-29-2007, 07:58 PM   #4
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it goes on white and dries totally clear

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Old 05-29-2007, 07:59 PM   #5
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Good job! I have to fix my leak, but I'm lazy. And my subs are heavy, and I don't feel like taking them out, so I can lay in the trunk and have someone hose it down to find where the leak is. I like the cooler, that's an awesome idea.
if you got subs in the trunk, you should fix that leak before the leak fixes the subs.

And the cooler plugs in to the cigarette lighter and can either heat or cool

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Old 05-30-2007, 09:04 AM   #6
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That cooler is a scream.

Nice job and the flooring will probably be stiffer than the OEM piece that came with the car.

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Old 05-30-2007, 09:26 AM   #7
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My trunks been getting wet on the passenger side too. I tried to take the fender off, but it seems it's bolted to the rear bumper (which I also need to replace) so I decided I'll just leave it that way until I get a new bumper, no sense working that hard 2x.
I kinda think the leak is from the bent trunk lid I put on in November. Didn't know it was bent when I put it on, but it's fairly obvious now.


Cool fix/modificatios too. I might do that sometime...the stock "board" sucks at keeping even a 2liter bottle up, unless the spare tire is there.

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Old 05-30-2007, 06:41 PM   #8
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Just to let everyone know, on the cars with sunroofs, there's a drain that runs through the trunk and out through the side panels on both sides just below the torsion spring mounts. If the rubber plug that holds it in place comes loose, it dumps gallons in anytime it rains. Check that first before you gut the whole trunk of your car. (A Saturn tech showed me this one, you really can't see the drain unless you know what you're looking for)

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Old 05-30-2007, 08:15 PM   #9
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Just to let everyone know, on the cars with sunroofs, there's a drain that runs through the trunk and out through the side panels on both sides just below the torsion spring mounts. If the rubber plug that holds it in place comes loose, it dumps gallons in anytime it rains. Check that first before you gut the whole trunk of your car. (A Saturn tech showed me this one, you really can't see the drain unless you know what you're looking for)
i dont have a sunroof - it was leaking from a gap in the metal body

But thanks for the tip.

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Old 05-30-2007, 09:12 PM   #10
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Ah... I dont like leaks they make stuff explode (electronics in trunk... ).

I like the idea of taking out the carpet in back and making it one flat piece like you did. Looks nice

Plus the cooler looks cool, haha, get it??? cool, cooler, hahahaha, im a silly b1tch. Im just kidding.
Great job though

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Old 05-30-2007, 10:11 PM   #11
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if you got subs in the trunk, you should fix that leak before the leak fixes the subs.
The subs are against my back seat, and it's just a little damp in the passenger divot toward the lid. Amp is on seatback.

I tried to check the sunroof drain, but it was hard to see. Do I have to take anything apart (besides the carpet) to see it?

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I tried to check the sunroof drain, but it was hard to see. Do I have to take anything apart (besides the carpet) to see it?
Pull back the carpet, the boot is in a hole just behind the strut tower and below the torsion springs. I'd post a pic, but I can't get one with the phone or the camera. Electronics seem to hate me lately.

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Pull back the carpet, the boot is in a hole just behind the strut tower and below the torsion springs. I'd post a pic, but I can't get one with the phone or the camera. Electronics seem to hate me lately.
Is there a big rubber cover/plug to hide the hole? I looked in there, but I couldn't see the whole thing, I didn't know if there was somewhere else that had a better view.

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Just to let everyone know, on the cars with sunroofs, there's a drain that runs through the trunk and out through the side panels on both sides just below the torsion spring mounts. If the rubber plug that holds it in place comes loose, it dumps gallons in anytime it rains. Check that first before you gut the whole trunk of your car. (A Saturn tech showed me this one, you really can't see the drain unless you know what you're looking for)
I got a low mileage 2001 sc2. my trunk is in immaculate condition with no rust or water marks anywhere that I can see anyway. I got the factory rubber trunk liner also in place. a tech today showed me that I got a little water in the wells on both sides. I got a sunroof & in the past the rubber hoses came off the sunroof module causing water leaks in the passenger compartment. the hoses were clamped on with steel clamps & the leak stopped.

you mentioned the sunroof drain hoses in the trunk which I will check out, but do you have pics of what your talking about? they come apart there in the trunk & can leak?

maybe the water in the trunk is from the leaking hoses on the module that was repaired a while ago?

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