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Starting my car when it rains...doesn't happen, why?

Hi, Everytime it rains out I have to fear that my car won't start and I'll be cab'in it work. Why does this happen? My engine is not exposed at all and it only happens when it rains. When I go out the following day it starts right up.
Cheers, Chris

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  • eminentpete Aug 06, 2008

    i had a similar problem with mine. rain and slush, the car either missed or didn't start at all. i used dielectric grease on the spark plug boots, dist cap and still had the same problem. (this was also after i changed the air filter, plugs, wire and dist cap.) finally i got ticked and put a bead of dielectric grease on the bottom of the dist cap where it seated. all the way around. that solved the rain problem. she didn't miss and no problems starting. when i hit slushed she quit. i found out by slashing the igntn coil with water that thats what the prob was

  • adamlh79 Oct 05, 2008

    I have the same problem starting in the rain. I took it to a garage to try and see if they could fix it, they looked at the dist. cap, wires and couldn't find any problem. The day i go to pick it up it just happens to be raining just a little bit, and wouldn't you know the car doesn't start. the mechanic still couldn't figure out the problem. I guess i'll try some of the things here.

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    I have a 1997 Golf VW. EVERY-TIME when it rains, (lightly or hard) my "check engine" light will come on. Then the car will start to studer. WHY? Please help! I have kept this car in tip-top shape. I change everything at each 30K tuneups (wires, caps, sparks) etc...It drives like a Benz when it doesn't rain.

    Please send your suggestions to: onder22192@yahoo.com

    thx

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I did have problems with my car not starting in the rain. after changing the distributor cap and HT leads it still. My last thing to try before taking it in was to change the ignition coil. I ordered a new and installed it and it started right up! it has rain a couple times since then and it's still starting! so i'm hoping it keeps working. hope this helps anyone.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008

Same problem. I think water is getting in through the air intake. Have yet to adjust where the air intake is, but I think adjusting the air intakes position will fix the problem.

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If you car is gas engine check distributor cap or change it all plug wires should also be checked

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