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Won't start I keep having a problem where my car will not start. The starter will turn the engine but it just won't catch, and i smell the unburned fuel. I end up killing the battery trying to get the motor to finally catch and run. This has happened 3 times so far now, the first time i stayed on the starter and it finally caught and ran. The next time it would not start for 2 days, then I had a friend jump start my dead battery, and it started like a champ, ran for a week and now it's dead again. The only thing that was the same on each of these days was moisture in the air, it was raining on the first and 2nd time, now it's snowing. I figured the distributor cap is cracked and allowing moisture, but as i'm holding it I can no see any cracks. However the center post (ignition coil?) is very coroded and blackened. Maybe the water is getting in there and it has a bad connection so it won't fire up properly. Can anyone verify that this might be an issue, or give me another thing i can test to see what the issue might be. I'm hoping i'm right, because that'll be a quick and cheap fix hehe.

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What you can do to diagnose this issue is - take an old spray bottle (some kind of house cleaning solution), clean it out really well (so nothing flammable is in it) and fill it with water. Then, pop the hood to your car, start the engine, and squirt different parts of your engine until you squirt an engine part that causes your car to shut off... then you know that's the problem part!
I had the same issue with my husband's car. We determined that it was the distributor cap, which we purchased at Auto Zone and replaced on our own for like $30.

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