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My olds 88 will not start on wet or rainy days.

I get my lights, bells and alarms, the raio comes on and the fan but the engine will not crank on damp or wet days. It just clicks when I turn the key on.

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Put car in nuetral could b saftey switch and try to start if still clicking starter may b bad

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