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Engine turns over but does not fire (start)

Ran into some large pools of water on the road and it stalled the car. It would not start after that. It has been a day or more now, thinking it just needed to dry out, and it still does not fire. Turns over fast but not starting. Any points that you can give on how to dry it out - if that is what is needed. Thanks...

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    2001 VW Cabrolet

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    what kind of vehicle?


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Remove distributor cap (red cap with the spark plug wires going to it) check for water, if water is apparent, dry with a lint free cloth then clean the metal nodes with a fine emery cloth.

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