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Car won't start!! After I washed it or when it gets wet

I recently had a issue with my car not starting after i rained, i paid my local garage to diagnose what i all ready knew they said it was the cap so i purchased a cap, wires a rotor all was fine execpt it felt like a fouled plug @ idle... needless to say i though the problem was sloved.. that being the not starting issue, well i washed it the other night, ended up getting stuck @ the car wash and the only guy that stopped to help was driving a Porsche thanks buddy any ways its been 3 days now and its still not even trying to fire, lots of gas and spark.... what else could it be?

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A couple things to try... first get some gas line antifreeze... yes alcohol (not the kind you drink) and put it in the tank on the outside chance water is in the tank.
second to eliminate the idea that water is shorting out the ignition spray wd 40 on all the wires and the coil distributer cap etc. any ignition parts that you can reach. wd 40 is oil... it does not conduct electricity.
second thing.... try to start the car when it is dark.... even if it won't start if there is any arcing of electricity that will make it easy to see.

Robert ....

P.S it appears water is most likely getting into your fuel OR you have an ignition part that is exposed to water. check all the connectors as well.

Posted on Sep 20, 2008

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