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Re: 1998 318 Dakota hard to start in/after rain
Check the distributor cap, u can have a very fine crack that allows moisture to enter on damp days and make starting difficult. Look inside cap w/ good lighting, u can usually see it if u look carefully. Let me know what u find.
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Are you certain it is rain water? It could be condensation from the A/C coil that fails to drain out of the drain pan, or possibly coolant from a leaking heater core. If you are certain it is rain water, depending upon the age of the vehicle, and possibly some other things, here are the possible options:
Leaking door gasket.
Leaking windshield seal due to rust
Leaking windshield seal due to improper installation
Leaking windshield seal due to acoustic (sound) over pressure (if you have extreme sound system with heavy bass)
If you have a sunroof, if the drain hose comes down the passenger side door column, it could be leaking into the passenger compartment rather than drain through the floor pan.
sound like ignition system getting wet.make sure long rubber seal below windshield cowl in place because rain water can run down winshield by the cowl get under hood damp ignition and electrical system check make sure long rubber seal in place not damaged or missing.
a couple things to look at if it has a sunroof the sun roof would have drain hoses that run down in each corner next you need to look at the cowl this is the section in front of the windshield that has a drain on it as well if you find nothing there the next step would be to remove the seats and carpet and sit in the car while running water over it either way you should remove the carpet and make sure it is dry all the way threw or mold will start to grow and you will never get ride of it not good for your heath other key spots to look at is if the windshield was ever replaced it could be a poor seal
I think I'd take a minute and stop at an autoglass place & get their opinion on it. Sounds to me like a bad seal at base of rear window. Keeping in mind, you don't have to agree to an expensive fix, if it doesn't sound right.
Do you notice this after it rains>> This seems to be a common problem with Dodge Vehicles.
a seal on the passenger side Hood Hinge area. If this seal is cracked
or broken or missing you will get water in the car every time it rains.
The water runs down the windshield in to the Hing area under the Hood.
may need to take the hood off to get to the seal. First pour water over
the area, if it comes in the car there is your problem.
You can seal it with any water proof silicone sealer .
if you can remove the plastic "cowl" section(s) at the base of the windshield and clear out any debris.sticks,dirt,acorns,mud,etc. THEN run a garden hose where the rain normally would run down and "flush"the drainage paths at each end by each fender. see if that fixes the problem. theres also a possibility that the windshield seal could be bad.
Take a water hose and turn it on put the hose on the roof so the water runs down the windshiled check to see if you can see water running into the car at the windshiled seams, if it is you will have to glue it to fix it, it may also the air condtioner Drain is plugged and won't to the outside.