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1998 subaru forester runs rough when it rains.

I have a 1998 subaru forester. everytime it rains the engine runs rough and has a tough time accelerating. I changed the plugs and wirea and gave it an oil change. I can reset the computer and lose the check engine light but if it rains again the problem comes back.

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  • dpwest992 Jun 19, 2009

    According to the repair manual, this car has a distributorless ignition. When I had the code checked at Autozone, it came up as "ignition fault in cylander 2". But like I say, this only happens when it rains.

  • Joseph Weisenberger
    Joseph Weisenberger May 11, 2010

    Do you have a distruibuter cap for this vehicle? I had an 88 Accord, and when the distrubuter cap cracked it had problems running in the rain. Hope this helps.

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Check the cap and rotor for internal carbon tracking or, just change them. Also, take a look at the coil when its dark and rainy and see if there is any arcing where the coil wire goes into it.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009

  • Richard Scordino Jun 19, 2009

    OOPS not enough coffee yet...same idea though look for arcing as I said wherever the ignition wires connect to. Could be a bad coil pack for that cylinder.

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