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My 83 Honda Civic won't start in the rain. Would changing the distributor cap mostly likely solve the problem?

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The cap may help.......but there is more to the system that handles the high voltage.
In order of the most common trouble spots for wet no start.
First....ignition wire set..... 80%
2nd, I would change the ignition coil....10%
Then cap and rotor......10%

Why not change it all and have a dependable wet starting car.

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