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Ignition problems during wet weather

My truck has some sort of ignition problem when you initally crank it during the rain or dampness. It runs like it is flooded out with fuel. Once it vehicle gets warm, the problem stops. Only does this when there are wet weather conditions.

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Replace the distributor cap, rotor and ignition wires with Genuine Nissan Parts and you should be ok.

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