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I have a 2001 Ford Windstar that shuts off for weeks at a time.

It happens when it rains or really cold weather. I have to raise the hood and let it dry out before it will start again. Not sure what I am letting dry out or what part might need to be changed. Can you help me out with this????

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This is just a guess from what you describe. Check the distributor cap to see if it is getting moisture on the inside when this occurs. Also check your plug wires for cracks in the casing.

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