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Anytime their is moisture out or it is raining, my jeep will not fire. It cranks over but acts like no spark. I have replaced cap and rotor and it did not make a difference.

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Replace the crank sensor it is bleeding the signal out side the sensor .

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Truck will not start when it snows or rains. turns over fine, just wont catch fire. any suggestions?


Hello pdstom

One the main items to check with this engines is the cap and rotor for corrosion on the electrodes.

This horizontal cap is prone to corrosion and moisture form the snow and rain can cause a no start situation.

If corrosion is found replace cap and rotor.

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netvan

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Try replacing the cap, rotor, and spark plug wires. When they get wet they are grounding the spark out to the motor so the spark plugs do not fire. If you have this problem in the winter because of the wet and the salt, it helps to spray the cap rotor and wires with silicon spray to repel the moisture.

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If the engine is balking or kicking back while you are cranking it over, chances are you may still have gotten the wires on the cap wrong. You may have the correct order but started in the wrong spot.
Take a drinking straw and put it into the #1 plug hole (don't let it fall in) and rotate the engine by hand 'till the timing mark on the front pulley lines up with the "0" on the timing scale and the straw is at it's highest position. Look at the rotor. it should be pointing roughly at the R/F headlight. Mark the position with a crayon etc on the outside of the housing and replace the cap. That is the #1 plug wire position...the remainder of the wires are installed in the same direction the rotor turns...153624 or 18436572 (if 8cyl). If the rotor points 180 degrees away from where I said, turn the engine one more revolution.

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Check the cap and rotor. When it's dry out start it at night in a dark spot. If there's a crack in the cap you should see a spark jump. Or the seal on the base is bad. That's a problem I've run into repeatedly with the 4.3 vortec motors. Moisture conducts electricity so the spark is dissipated inside the cap and doesn't know where to go.

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Do a tune-up, Plugs, rotor button and distributor cap. Not sure if your model has a cap or coil pack. When you say fires off and on do you mean it starts off and on or you get ignition spark off and on. If you have a cap, the rotor button can get worn down and not make good contact with the contacts inside the cap. When engine rotates the rotor button rotates inside the cap which produces spark through your plugs wires. If you have a coil pack, it could be going bad. If coil packs get moisture within it and diffuses the spark from going into the plug wires. Moisture and wetness causes a lot of problems with the ignition system, so it's best to apply Di-Electric Grease to the coil pack, wire boots on both ends. The grease stops moisture from getting into the components and sparks from jumping to the moisture.

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The " FIRE" doesnt come to the coil from any of those things you have changed.......The "fire" comes from the coil TO those items!!!! Good luck, RC

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