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Engine - distributor cap got wet and engine stopped. How do I fix it?

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you can remove it and dry it out, use a hair dryer if possible, be careful to look how it comes off as it needs to go back on the same way, it helps if the rotor arm is left on and not moved, ensure the car is turned off also.

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unscrew the cap and pop off and use a hair dryer to dry out than screw back on again

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My 2014 dodge avenger was in a flood won't turn over no water in oil or fluids but air filter wet. Battery, lights, windows and locks work fine. Do I have spark plugs and distributor cap?

Yes you have spark plugs, No you don't have a distributor cap, With the air filter being wet you might have water in on top of one of the pistons and it stops the engine from turning over. Remove the spark plugs and rotate the engine with the starter to eject any water off the top of the pistons re-install the plugs and try starting it

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If u drove your car over a puddle...

If you drove over a puddle, just before your vehicle died, the water could shorten the ignition wires. CAUTION: Never touch the ignition wires, coil or distributor when ignition is ON or the engine is running; and be careful, engine is probably very hot! ignition.jpg Switch the ignition off, open the hood and check the spark plugs wires (check the picture), distributor and spark plug caps. They shouldn't be wet. If they are wet, turn the ignition off. With the ignition off, dry the ignition wires, distributor and spark plug caps with a clean rag or tissue. Now try to start engine with fully pressed accelerator pedal because your engine may be flooded with gas.

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Engine wont start after cleaning engine

Does the engine have a distributor on it ??? if so see if thats wet, you will need to clean and dry that out.

if its fuel injected take a hair dryer and aim it at the injector rail where the injectors stick into the engine and dry that a bit..

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I have a 2001 Dodge Stratus that refuses to start in the rain. It will crank but it just wont turn over. Its a 6 cyl 3.0L engine, if that helps... Ive had many suggestions but none of them have panned out....

Hi, the most common reason for a car not starting in the rain is found in the spark plugs. Wire insulation can wear thin and this causes the voltage to arc to the metal of the car engine rather then going into the spark plug. You can check for this visually by opening the hood when it's wet outside and trying to start the car. You might be able to see an arc from the spark plug wires. Secondly check the distributor cap. Take a good physical examination of your distributor cap for any signs of a cracks. Also remove the distributor cap and check the inside of it for moisture. If you find any, wipe it clean; it won't work while wet.

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When taking off the car acts like its going to die and keeps stalling especially when wet out.

If this is a petrol engine and if it is at its worst in wet weather then you may have a spark plug lead problem or crack in the distributor cap. Run the engine when stationery and view the spark plug leads and distributor cap at night in the dark and get someone to rev it up and watch for sparks around those areas, New leads or cap will be required.

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1994 Ford Escort GT 1.8 Ltr - Car stops running for no reason - Will restart Replaced Distributor Replaced Fuel Pump Checked Ignition Mod at Advance - Passed Test Car cut off yesterday again and...

Let's start with the basics. Did you notice any wetness in the distributor cap? or wetness in the coil wire boot at the coil? if you saw wetness in the distributor cap? You have a cracked cap and spark would be sporadic.
If you saw wetness in the Coil boot? The coil is bad. When the coil is bad the engine will stall when the coil gets hot. Also check and make sure ground wire from engine to firewall is very tight and clean. Actually any connection can be lost if its dirty , loose or both. I would check wires (Plug) going to coil and distributor reseat them by taking the plug off and using an electric spray cleaner and blow them out with an air gun to prevent cleaner shorting out the system.
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The fix engine light keeps coming on the obd code is p0300 wich is random cylinders misfires ive changed the plugs wires cap and rotor twice each and still get the same problem its worst when its wet even...

Try putting some dielectric silicone grease in the boots on the spark plugs and a thin layer around the distributor cap. There should be a seal on the distributor that seals the joint between the cap and distributor. Park it in a garage and use a blow dryer in the distributor cap / distributor.

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Check your distributor cap for cracks. Sounds like you are getting condenstion under the cap.

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Well, I know it has at least one distributor cap full of water. I'm not that familiar with this engine, so it might have two caps, one at the front of each cam. Whatever, one or two...take the distributor cap(s) off and dry them out with a clean towel and a hair dryer, then let the car sit for at least two hours before replacing the cap(s) after you have dried the the inside of the distributor(s) as well with warm air. You have to let it sit with the cap(s) off so that trapped moisture has time to evaporate out. If you don't, when the engine warms up, water drops inside the distributor will vaporize and enter the cap again. Sometimes you have to do this several times to get all the water out.

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Car gets really slugish when wet

Sounds like moisture is getting into the distributor cap. Try putting a thin film of petrolium jelly around the lip of the distributor cap where it seals down onto the distributor. This should stop the water from getting in.

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