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1991 passat stalls in wet weather

I can be driving the car fine 1 minute then I hit a puddle or backsplash from the road and it stalls. I try to restart, however at this point it continues to stall on start up.. I have replaced all wiring and the distributor cap. It seems to have the same problem when it is damp out as well even after I start it and allow it to run. It has been to 3 mechanics and they cant't seem to find the problem.

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Stella

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  • trackr Mar 27, 2009

    My 91 Passat stalled out on me on an red light last week. Ran fine prior and just started surging and sputtering. Stalled and would not restart. I had it towed. Later that day...it started right up and has been running since??? I think fuel line freezeup?
    But it has a hard time starting in warm weather!!!!! always has. it likes colder weather which I find funny. Always starts in cold weather and never stalls. warm weather...starts and dies!!! this can happen three to four times before I can drive away. Any ideas?

    Rob


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Replace distubudor cap

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