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  • roughnready_ Apr 13, 2015

    Hi Bobby Foster, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box?
    when was the last time you had the plug wires replaced?

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I cannot start. Has been acting up and missing somewhat lately but after sitting for 7/8 days it just spins. No attempt to start.


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fuel rail -- with a gauge 38 to 42 lbs approx

Listen by the fuel tank-- for the pump to come on,have someone
cycle the key on & off

Checking Spark will be a challenge if you have individual coils
Checking the Crank Sensor also an issue checking

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Check for codes if you have a MIL Lamp lite on dash

Acting up lately & possibly missing ,troubles me, because
that is unacceptable with my vehicles. I don't go an hour
& I get a start on those type issues, unless it is raining or
lots of snow coming down

I don't see the no start connected to other issues, unless
you have an ignition module vs: cop coils & it is dead

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Wipers don't work on my 97 ford f150


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When it rains or if i take the van in a car wash it acts like its gonna die,what could be the problem?


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Will not start after raining.Takes two to three days of no rain to start again.Then van will run again till it rains again.


you don`t say but it sounds like the moisture from the rain is sitting on the plug wires causing them to short the voltage to ground and possibly moisture in the distributor cap.how long has it been since a tune-up was done to the van.

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Every time it rains hard my car will turn over but wont start


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I have the same problem on the same car.
I replaced the spark plugs, wires, distributor cap and when it's damp and wet my car would not start. sometimes if i try for 20 minutes it may kick in but doing so after a few rainy days i blew my starter. Now I just spray my wires and cap with the wire dryer and WD40 before it rains. And if it doesn't start and it's wet outside, use the wire dryer. I heard some people used some shroud to cover their cap, but i don't know what they used as it's close to the engine and I didn't want something melting.

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