2002 Dodge Ram Struggle to Start

Tiny
C.KARKHOFF
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  • 2002 DODGE RAM
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 109,000 MILES
Engine struggles to start after sitting for a period of 4-6 hours or more. The problem is very intermittent. It may happen today and then not happen again for a month. Not sure, but wet conditions seem to trigger the problem. (Rainy, damp weather) I have replaced the distributor cap and rotor already. Problem still exists. Fuel pump seems to be operating just fine. I have tried turning the key 6-8 times before starting and doesn't help. After it starts, it runs perfect and continues to start fine all day. ?
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Sunday, March 14th, 2010 AT 1:14 PM

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Tiny
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Have you tried replacing the ignition wires?
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Monday, March 15th, 2010 AT 10:32 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the feedback. I have not done that yet. Could moisture in any way effect the ignition wires?

Nonetheless, I will give it a try.

Thank you.
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 8:29 PM
Tiny
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Yes it can. As far as the wires, they could have too much resistance in them which can cause a weak spark. Add water to the mixture, and they can arc and short.

Check it out and let me know what you find.
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 10:09 PM

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