Will not start under moisture

Tiny
ALEKSCOURT
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  • 2000 CHRYSLER CIRRUS
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 182,000 MILES
My car has a recurring issue with moisture. Many times when it rains, I cannot start the car right away. It turns over but will not fire. Other times, it starts but then sputters and chokes and then shuts off. Two days ago, I opened the hood and some snow fell onto the engine while it was running and it promptly shut down and I have not been able to start it since. This car has some sort of aversion to moisture. Is this normal? What could be the problem?
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Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 AT 11:46 AM

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Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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Good afternoon,

Yes, all cars are subject to this. The ignition system such as the wires, cap and rotor carry high voltage. Over time, they get old and crack. When that happens the electric takes the path of least resistance and goes to ground before getting to the plugs.

The answer is to replace the components such as ignition wires, cap and rotor and then spray those wires and cap and rotor with clear spray paint to seal them from the moisture.

Roy
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Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 AT 12:36 PM

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