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Car won't run after sitting in the rain


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#1 Krivman65

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:06 AM

Hey all, just curious if anyone else has had this problem? I drove to work yesterday in the rain with no problems, but after sitting all day in the rain, the car wouldn't start. I had no spark from the coil and didn't smell fuel at the carburetor. This morning after sitting all night, it started right up. Anyone have this happen to them?

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 09:58 AM

Hmm..

 

Runs with full lights for time X.   battery expires and sits.

no juice means no fuel pump prime up on key turn,

after battery revives after sitting all night.    Dead alternator? / dead battery combo?



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 04:32 PM

Hmm..

 

Runs with full lights for time X.   battery expires and sits.

no juice means no fuel pump prime up on key turn,

after battery revives after sitting all night.    Dead alternator? / dead battery combo?

 

 

I agree with jsyme.  Weak battery is a good place to start, check / clean all the connections.  If the problem persists, check the distributor cap for cracks.  Moisture in there can cause problems.


Edited by Dee2, 26 September 2017 - 04:33 PM.


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 07:12 AM

Wash it see if you can make it happen. It is a Subaru and not an English car?

#5 Krivman65

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 10:44 AM

I can check the battery. The issue is not the cap. There was no spark coming from the coil. But, there didn't appear to be any fuel, either. Was there a solenoid that controlled the fuel and spark?

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 12:24 PM

On one of my Brats, I had a leak near the firewall that just happened to funnel the rain on the wiring harness plug perfectly, causing it to short and stop functioning until it dried. I also have had that happen to the ignition stuffs above the fender. Bother are 1st gens.
I agree with Jono, hit it with a hose.
I would recommend starting in one spot, and keep turning the key on. If it works still Move the hose and do it again, see if you can narrow down where exactly the water is causing the issue.

Edited by charles_thomas, 27 September 2017 - 12:28 PM.


#7 Krivman65

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 12:24 PM

Thanks! I guess I know what I'm doing this weekend!




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