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Cutting out in wet weather and No power steering in wet weather?

When driving in wet weather there are two issues:

a) When driving in wet weather, the vehicle cuts out and cannot be started for about 20 min, after which it starts.

b) When driving in wet weather, it seems to loose the power steering and is very dificult to turn.

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  • BrentSchwarz Oct 04, 2008

    Thanks, i'll give it a go, however when it cuts out it still swings the engine. It just won't start for about 20 minutes then it takes.

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I sounds by your explanation, that the belt which drives the alternator is slipping when it gets wet.
When this happens the alternator stops charging the battery, and when battery voltage drops the engine cuts out and won't start due to not having enough current to supply electrons as well as starter motor.
Have the belt tension checked, as well as charging output of alternator, should fix it.

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