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1988 Ford Ranger wont start when in wet weather. We think it is the distributer cap or the spark plug wires. If anyone has a sulution or remedy for this without replacing the wire or cap it would be great!

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Go to NAPA buy battery ingnition sealer it is clear and looks wet after dry wipe out cap good before u seal up the cap and spray the wires good too

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