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1997 Chev Cavalier not starting wet or damp weather

This has been a great car until the fall rains and wet snows arrived. This car needs to be cranked multiple times to start (and maybe it will or won't). Something seems to be getting wet and if the the weather is very cold or sunny and dry, there is absolutely no problem. As I have no garage, the car sits outside and is exposed to all the elements. It coughs, sputters, and sometimes you even hear a small backfire before I give it up. The following items have all been replaced: Battery (because it was weak, not related to start issue), ignition module (computer), ignition coils, plugs and wires checked, crank sensor, wiring harness to computer checked. Yesterday I had to tow it to the garage after a 25 cm snowstorm. Once the car starts, and warms up the misfire and rough running is gone as though nothing ever happened.

Can someone please help? With all the money I have put in this car since Oct 1st, I need to keep the car to get some of my money's worth out of it.

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The destriper cap on my car had moister in it .i cleaned it up and it started right up,

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    brenhooven Apr 22, 2012

    there is no distributor cap on a 2000 chevy cavalier. It has coil packs...not sure if there is a distributor cap on your 1997. Change the coil pack...it may help. A trick to try before buying one though...spray it with WD 40 to help aliminate water intrusion...if it doesnt work, there is a way to test it first...google it, and it gives step by step instructions before spending any more money. I am going through the same thing...it is a process of alimination...which is nickle and diming me to death!

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