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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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change the distributor cap by friend did the same thing and i wouldent start untill we took the distributor cap off and we seen croshin and we replaced it and it started up like a champ

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I had a 1995 civic that the distributor windings came apart inside I had to change the distributor $450.00 for the part. Its easy to see if that is the problem just take the distributor cap off and look inside for freyed wires.
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Open distributor cap , look inside.
probably cheaper to replace distributor assy. , as it comes complit unit with coil , igniter , hall sensor , cap and rotor.

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