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Hi, recently my radiator cap came off (maybe I didn't screw it on tightly enough, girl strength) anyway the car started to rev (in a surge kind of way), I stopped at a gas station and left it for 30mins to cool down and put 2 litres water in. The other day my flatmate looked at it, he took one spark plug lead off it and it died. Along comes a mechanic and says its my DIZZY, so replaces that. Thing is its still surging(revving) when the engine is cold. The water situation is all good, there's no murky looking oil on the dipstick. Any help would be good thank you

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Try replacing your spark plug wires. It is probably just misfiring, which will cause the engine to "surge" and then back off. This will repeat until the misfire is fixed. I would start with replacing the spark plug wires, and if you have any more problems, let me know. The radiator cap coming off would have eventually caused the engine to overheat, but it sounds like you didn't let it get that far. The spark plug wires may have gotten wet due to the radiator cap coming off, and now the spark plug wires are shorting out worse than they probably already were.

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