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I have 98 windstar 3.8 when it rains it runs rough and then smothe out after about 10 mins

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Check your distributor cap - I'm pretty sure you have a hairline crack which would allow minute amounts of water in, fowl out your distributor and then clear out once it evaporates. You may or may not be able to see the crack.Change Distributor cap and rotor if it's been over a year since you last changed them.

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Please tell me more. What is the size of your engine and did you ever remove front plastic cowl to reach your windsield wiper motor or to do some repair on the back of the engine?

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used to rained.I would accelarate it until roughness would go away sort of.It lack a little power but if I take it a mechanic they would charged too much money.Anyway, the problem was a spark plug wire in front of the engine, wires that are grouped together with that little pin. One of them was rubbing agains the valve cover and it got worned out current would leak out right there.I discovery it one time that it rainned really hard I had to go out and the wagon started to miss really bad and it wouldn't move.Finally, I got home the next day I looked under the hood to see what I can see and there it was a spark plug wire that one can tell if you know a little bit about cars that current was leaking throw it. I replaced wire problem solved.But now after all of that snow we had the check engine light came on and I am not sure what could be.For I remmerber running over a mountain of sort of hard snow.So it probably broke oxigine sensor wire.

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