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Old 07-11-2006, 05:55 PM   #1
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Default 1997 Saturn SC2 Trunk Leak

On the passenger side in the trunk I have a puddle in the well. I have taken this for repair 10 time (same shop). All the side panels glue have been resealed. Glue is old and not holding up. HELP. The back window has been checked and they are at odds as to where the leak is. The rubber seal on back window is loose. Any ideass on how to fix?

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Old 07-11-2006, 07:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1997 Saturn SC2 Trunk Leak

I know this is going to sound stupid, but get a bucket of water and pour it over the trunk, then quickly open the trunk and see if you can notice where it is dripping in from. Hopefully this will help pin-point the leak.

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Old 07-11-2006, 08:05 PM   #3
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Default Re: 1997 Saturn SC2 Trunk Leak

if you have a sunroof, make sure the drain tubes are connected and not clogged. they are on each side of the trunk. pull the carpet aside and check it out.
if not, then lay the back seats down, get a flashlight and look for a leak while someone else runs a hose over the trunk. pull the carpet out first, it makes the leak easier to locate.

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Old 07-12-2006, 05:22 AM   #4
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After I got done tearing apart the trunk in my SC2 I noticed a vent on the drivers side. I think that acts like a drain for any water that accumilates on that side. Why didn't they put one on both sides?

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Old 07-12-2006, 08:20 AM   #5
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Default Re: 1997 Saturn SC2 Trunk Leak

I had the same problem with my 97 SC2 when I first bought it. I bought it used, so I don't know if it always leaked, or if it started in time. I took it to a Saturn dealer and they removed the rear fender and found a spot where the body was not sealed well. This was a few years back, but I believe the problem was on the driver's side on my car. Body sealer is generally applied by a robot, so if it was not applied well on my 97 SC2 there are probably many others with the same problem. Are you going to a Saturn dealer or some other repair shop? There may even be a TSB on this issue. Saturn fixed mine the first time, and I have been driving it for several years now with no leaks.

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Old 07-12-2006, 08:45 AM   #6
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Have you considered condensation? If I dont check my trunk periodically I will find one of the wells FULL of water and this baffled me until I noticed that the sides of the inside of the trunk behind the thin insulation were slick with beads of condensation. Mystery solved for me and now I always have a rag stuffed at the bottom of each well and check it/change it often.

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Old 07-12-2006, 11:22 AM   #7
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It's a common problem on the 2nd and 3rd gen SCs. You need to remove the rear quarter panel, and find the leak in the space frame. Mine was done at the dealer recently, and some one else did their own and took some very nice pictures. Try looking for that thread. That is if it's not the sunroof drain tubes.

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I know this is going to sound stupid, but get a bucket of water and pour it over the trunk, then quickly open the trunk and see if you can notice where it is dripping in from. Hopefully this will help pin-point the leak.
Or just leave the lid closed, fold down the rear seat and watch from inside.

BTW, shouldn't the well (presumably the spare tire well) have a drain? Might it be plugged? My dad had a Plymouth Volare (okay, you can stop laughing now), and had some cr@ptastic "rustproofing" applied. Turns out they PLUGGED the drain holes for the trunk wells behind the wheel wells with the goop they applied. Had the opposite effect of that intended (as if that car needed any help rusting out...).

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Old 07-13-2006, 08:33 AM   #9
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BTW, shouldn't the well (presumably the spare tire well) have a drain? Might it be plugged?
I don't believe most modern cars have any type of drain holes in the trunk. There should not be any water getting into the trunk in the first place.

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