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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. Any Ideas of why this could be happening or what I may need to do to fix it?

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  • Korrigan May 25, 2011

    Also, the starter was replaced last year.

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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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    David Cooper Jan 25, 2012

    Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, I can't find the distributor cap or the spark plug wires in my '01 Stratus. Is there a link to a map of the engine or can you point me in the right direction? Everything seems to be underneath theengine block.

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