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Old 05-16-2021, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default I had to do it! It had to be done!

Hello all! For quite some time after it rains the spare tire wheel well in the trunk fills with water. Every pick up truck that I know of has a round hole in the truck bed to let any water escape. So, I drilled a 1/4 dia hole thru the spare tire trunk well to let any future water escape. I chose the lowest point to make the drill thru. I noticed a rectangular access plate on the well floor but its purpose is uncertain.
I am very thankful that I own this 2002 SC2 5 speed manual coupe. It has a distinctive sporty appearance. I was stopped at a stop light the other day and I noticed another driver taking a photo of my Saturn! With very frugal driving I still get in the upper 30's for around town/suburban driving. Many modern SUVs have to shell out a heck of a lot of money to fill up.
A previous owner swapped in a SC1 5th gear into my 02 SC2 5 speed. It knocked out my cruise control but I don't care.
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Old 05-17-2021, 12:23 AM   #2
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Default Re: I had to do it! It had to be done!

My '98 SC2 also has a couple drain holes drilled in the trunk.
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Old 05-17-2021, 07:44 AM   #3
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Default Re: I had to do it! It had to be done!

Maybe glue an exterior flap of rubber sheet material that loosely covers the hole from the underside -or even better a reverse miniature hood scoop that protects the hole from the elements especially while the vehicle is in motion.
... and, of course, paint the exposed metal edge of the hole.
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I found a novel way to keep the trunk dry.


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^^^^Ask your wife if you can move the couch.
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Hope you painted the hole after drilling. Even a small just a small one, exposed bare metal could cause rust to start forming and spread to the entire wheel well. Would certainly take a while, but is something to thing about assuming your location is right.
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Default Re: I had to do it! It had to be done!

Drill a hole? Why? Every S-Series I've owned has had a body plug already in the spare tire well.

If your trunk is getting that much water in it, you have a leak that should be fixed by replacing the crap factory installed seam sealer, not drill holes in the car. The rear body panels come off much more reliably and safely than the door panels.
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Old 05-17-2021, 04:35 PM   #8
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While I won't say it was wrong to drill the hole, I would be searching for the reason why you have the leak in the first place. It runs the risk of getting moldy and even causing issues in wiring. The wires don't even need to be IN the water to develop problems.

I'd place a camera in the back and record while you hose down the trunk with water to see where it's coming in at. It might be something as simple as needing a new seal, perhaps a body panel is loose OR you might have a bad window gasket.
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Default Re: I had to do it! It had to be done!

Trunk leaks are a common problem in Saturns and generally are traced to sealant issues on the unibody, under the plastic quarter panels. So yes you can take them off and fix it properly. Takes some time. Drilling a few holes is super fast. So currently I've got unpainted holes and will fix it correctly when I have it apart to rebuild.

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Borrowing 1993's picture. Does that square hole to the right of the tire give me the access I need?
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It just reminds me of Fiero's, they look so naked without their body panels on!
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Here's a thread for the OP, specific to 3rd gen coupes with pictures

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My 2002 SC2 has a rubber plug on the rear driver side "cubby" in the trunk, that has a cross-slit in it that a couple of wires run through. Because the plug is slightly raised from the surrounding metal, I added a strip of cloth to help drain the area.

I cut a strip of old T-shirt, couple of inches long by maybe 1/4" wide. I pushed about 1/2" ~ 1" of it through the slit so it hangs down. The rubber cross slit holds that in place. I also put a small magnet to hold the other end down to the bottom of the cubby. It wicks up any water and drains down the other end hanging down (not visible from outside the car). Beautiful day out today so I went out and took a pic

I've got it mostly fixed properly and it stays dry most of the time, but if it rains super hard and for many hours, i might get a little bit of water on the passenger side cubby, no more than 1/4" deep so far - spare tire well stays dry (used to get flooded) and the T-shirt does its job wicking away water. So, I might just drill a hole in the passenger side for now rather than trying to trace a minuscule leak.

edit: ignore the extra wiring in the pic, PO bypassed the original wiring to add LED brake and turn signal lights. They were terrible and brake lights were barely visible during the day. I restored the original lights and bulbs but kept the wiring as I might connect them to light up the center reflector bar eventually.
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