Wet days

Asked by Feb 12, 2019 at 03:14 PM about the 1994 Toyota Camry

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 1994 Toyota Camry won’t start on wet days. If
it has rained for two days the car just refuses to
start even with the use of starting fluid. Any ideas?
I know in the case of the ‘68 VW bugs it was a
moisture problem with the rotor cap.

1 Answer


Most likely, it's a cracked distributor cap and plug wires let moisture in and this saps electricity. Fouled plugs, leaking coil, and a bad battery can exacerbate the problem. Find a dark place, open the hood, and have someone crank the car while you look around the engine. You'll see sparks where there's a problem. One trick: spray WD-40 where you see sparks. This lubricant seals cracks and restricts transfer of moisture & spark. It's temporary, but at least you can use the car.

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