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Wont start when it rains

Starts and runs beautifully in dry weather, but when it rains or heavy fog or dew, general dampness... it will crank over and over but not start. Like no fire getting to the engine.

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Hi, sounds like your electrical system is grounding out when it gets damp/wet.

1. an '83 'should' have a roto-cap. find a spark plug and follow the wires back. they should all go back to one central location. a round or rectangular device with one wire in the center.
2. find the metal clips holding this on. pull them off or unscrew the screws holding it on.
3. once its open, look for moisture.
4. dry the area as best you can.
5. look for a rubber seal that should keep water/moisture from entering. You can use some sealant to assist with this.

the other thing this could be, is a crack in your wires, or distributor/rotor cap. now you are looking at replacing the wires and cap.

To do this RIGHT. I would replace all the spark plug wires and the rotor-cap. (if you have not done this lately). This will more than likely fix your problem.

If you do this yourself, some of the spark plugs may be hard to reach and you may need to remove a tire to get to them.

1. replace the distributor/Rotor cap first. Then
2. replace ONE spark plug wire at a time.

After you do all this, you 'should' be all set.

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Change your distributor cap out. it may have a crack in it causing this problem

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