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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-27-2004, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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If my zuk sits in the ran over night it wont start. [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]I have no interior leaks under the dash,engine dry,& I have used dielectric grease on ALL connections. Once it does run, it will run excellent all day.It just passed smog. I am thinking a moisture problem,possibly GROUNDS? Anyone have a similar problem? Thanks!
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Check for a cracked distributor cap. In the Sammys water pours on it when it rains!
I didn't think you could drown 'em! Everyone has seen pics of mine headlight deep in the pond at the Badlands!
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I had`nt thought of that. It runs so good otherwise.Thanks Smitty. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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My Tracker was the same way about the rain and even the humidity would affect it. Drove it to work during our big snow storm and low and behold it quit running almost to work. After trying different things I decided to check the cap. Sure egnough, there was moisture in there. I think Smitty might have hit it on the head. It was my problem. New cap, rotor, plugs and wires its running like a top.
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Nice to know that worked. As soon as I get off work, I will check it out. Thanks again! [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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Could be a coil. Soak with a mist of water while running, may arc out with the spray.
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Dang TonKat....everytime i see your avatar i go into a "DAZE" [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Dirty wires, cap, coil etc can do it.
The dirt - even a slight amount mixed with the oily film that collects on them is conductive enough, then a small amount of moisture - even fog, can cause the spark to go to ground.

Paint thinner on a rag works well. Clean it all squeaky clean - wires, coil wire, coil, & cap.

Test by spraying everything down with a spray bottle of water. Listen for any engine sound change where you missed a spot.

DON'T USE WD-40 -- it may force the water off temporarily, but WD-40 attracts water! That's why everything you put it on rusts fast! It's just kerosene and perfume anyway.
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Well,cap&rotor worked [img]images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img]! Sure wish I could SEE what it was. Could`nt find a dang thing, not even moisture. Thanks again! [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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