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When rains heavily and driving vehicle starts to gerk and engine lights starts to blink.

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Water is penetrating inside wirings and connectors, and causing shorts, go to a garage and have the insulation of your car viring checked.

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The most likely cause is a broken seal, usually around the windshield, which is allowing water to leak into the electrical components under the dash.

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

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