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Jetta won't start when conditions are damp, very intermittent.

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It sounds like you may have a faulty MAP sensor. The MAP sensor reads the Manifold absolute pressure which sends signals to the ECM, then the ECM will control the amount of fuel used to get the engine started. The best thing to do is go to Auto Zone and have them scan the car for any DTC codes in the history and hope that will help you address any issues that is causing your no start's during damp conditions. Good luck and keep me posted. 

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