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!995 cabrio would not start when it rained. would

!995 cabrio would not start when it rained. Would start after sitting in dry weather for 3 to 4 hours after 10 minutes of cranking. Was running rather roughyly after one of these bouts shut off while driving 3 times and finnaly would not start at all just cranks?

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Check for water entry into vehicle, may be getting into engine control unit. Engine C/U located behind glove box on right hand drive vehicles so if water entry is the problem then the windscreen seal is the most likely point of entry.

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