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VW 1987 westfalia runs great in dry weather then stalls in rain. I feel some water may be getting into the air intake? When I'm driving and it starts to rain I can drive for about 5 minutes then it slowly looses energy,doesn't cough it just feels like it's getting no air and slowly dies. After we sit on the side of the road for a bit (5-15 minutes) it will start right up and if dry will drive forever but if it rains again it will stall.

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Could be but the water would probably be clogging the air filter

the more likely cause would be shorting spark plug wires

best thing you can do is to drape a blanket over the open hood and using a squirt bottle start wetting everything down while the engine is running

I suspect you will start seeing sparks

electricity is naturally lazy and is always looking for the shortest path to ground. the water provides this path and engine performance suffers


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  • dgmageller May 31, 2010

    Thank you, I will try this. The model VW I have is a van westfalia not a cabriolet but I assume the spray water teat would work on any engine? Thanks and I will be in touch. Mary Ann

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