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Old 08-13-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
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Default 2006 Saturn Relay AC Drain ~ Saturated Floors Upfront

Howdy folks, I'm a newbie on this site, but have been an avid Saturn owner since 1995.

Upon doing some research, I believed I learned the answer to my soaking wet floors upfront on both the driver & passenger sides. However, trying to locate the drain hose has been fruitless, as I haven't had much luck in finding it. I did lift up the carpets upfront & could actually scoop up water by hand to toss out.

I really want to get this problem resolved, as my wife has a serious mold allergy & mold will develop soon should I not address the problem.

I really don't feel like shelling out $200 for a tech to do it for me, considering i got waffled for $700 last month in replacing all of the rotors & brakes.

Any help in locating the drain plug would be appreciated!

Thanks from LBI New Jersey.

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Old 08-14-2013, 12:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: 2006 Saturn Relay AC Drain ~ Saturated Floors Upfront

All a/c drain valves allowing condensate a way to drain away instead of pooling inside the HVAC box are usually by the firewall, below the four inlet/outlet lines for hot coolant and refrigerant. Its just a small rubber duck valve, allowing water to drain out and close to prevent insects from crawling in. These rubber valves are right angle designs. Just look carefully until you find it then gently poke the valve open with a pencil tip or finger - if the HVAC is retaining water then 'peeing' will occur.

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Old 08-14-2013, 09:28 AM   #3
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Default Re: 2006 Saturn Relay AC Drain ~ Saturated Floors Upfront

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All a/c drain valves allowing condensate a way to drain away instead of pooling inside the HVAC box are usually by the firewall, below the four inlet/outlet lines for hot coolant and refrigerant. Its just a small rubber duck valve, allowing water to drain out and close to prevent insects from crawling in. These rubber valves are right angle designs. Just look carefully until you find it then gently poke the valve open with a pencil tip or finger - if the HVAC is retaining water then 'peeing' will occur.
Thanks for the reply. I just looked, but haven't located it. Do I need to go "under" the vehicle to access it? Or is it located higher up & I'm just missing it?

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I can't locate any info about this drain and I think you'll have to go under to find it. Using the approximation of the HVAC box from inside, look by the lower firewall area or under. Being a minivan, the drain may be below the HVAC box like shower stall drains, near the center.

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Old 09-29-2013, 12:06 AM   #5
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Default Re: 2006 Saturn Relay AC Drain ~ Saturated Floors Upfront

My '07 is the same way. Water pools on the driver's side and now the passenger side. Under the carpet is a rubber membrane (for lack of a better word) which is backed with foam which is against the floor/firewall metal. The water intrusion is so bad that after removing the lower console panels I see that there is a metal bracket which supports, what appears to be a motion sensor which includes the word "YAW". I suspect it is either part of the traction control or air bag system. The bracket upon which it sits is metal. One of the four legs of this bracket is almost rusted through!

Wherever the water is getting in, it must be traveling through the foam before it exits at the base of the rubber membrane, causing water to pool where the firewall and floor meet.

As this rubber membrane/foam is one piece driver's door to passenger door, then from the floor up to God knows were under the dash. I am contemplating using a utility knife to remove the membrane piecemeal, just to see if I can find out where this drain tube is.


Any help.... any help is greatly appreciated.


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This design is shared by Chevrolet Uplander, Saturn Relay, Pontiac Montana and Buick Terraza,


While the problem shows up during times of humidity and heavy A/C use, is there a possibility it is rain intrusion?

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Old 02-06-2014, 08:26 PM   #6
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Default Re: 2006 Saturn Relay AC Drain ~ Saturated Floors Upfront

Know your problem. Asked dealer to order rubber drain for A/C. He did and when it came in it was for rear. Took it back and they said none were shown for front. I kept the one ordered and cut in in half (because it was bent the wrong way}and attached a piece of garden hose to make it long enough to reach under car. Attached to lines with wire ties. Car has stayed dry for several months. Before attaching hose I bent a piece of copper tubing and stuck in hole in firewall and blew it out good with air compressor.

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Old 05-01-2017, 08:41 PM   #7
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Default Re: 2006 Saturn Relay AC Drain ~ Saturated Floors Upfront

Those drains are really hard to find. I found mine by putting my van on ramps. It is a fair ways up on the passenger side. I smeared a bunch of silicone on mine with my finger once I found it. There was nothing protruding through the firewall.

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