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Old 03-04-2013, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by RicardoJM View Post
Truck sounds like it is a lemon. I'll give you $5 for it right now.
For this rusty ol' rattle trap? You're too generous

Originally Posted by FJBRADY View Post
Nice, next time give it a running start and floor it.

This is what ends up needing to happen when I try that...

Originally Posted by Air Randy View Post
Could be plug wires or the coil wire. Even if the dizzy stays dry inside, if the plug wires get wet they will short to ground and the plug for that wire wont fire. If it goes from not running to running in a relatively short time (less than 30 mintes) look for these types of issues. The plug wires dry out faster due to the engine heat and exposure to open air. If you get water inside the dizzy, it usually takes longer to dry out.
That sounds feasible, and exactly what I was thinking too at the time. I guess I need to use some dielectric grease at the plug connections?

Originally Posted by DaveInDenver View Post
Or maybe plug wire routing? There is a corona that forms around them when the cylinder is fired, which can short to adjacent wires or to the block. Are they held fast and have you routed them so they don't twist together?

Could be a problem that is worse in the winter than summer. Remember electrochemistry, fresh water does not conduct well but salt water does. What makes up road spray in the winter? Magnesium chloride is a salt and makes an electrolyte when dissolved in water. Might even be fine in the rain or water crossings but the increased ionic activity puts whatever problem, cracked cap, failing wire, etc. over the edge.
I doubt this is the problem - I'm using factory wires with wire clips etc. I'll look at it a little closer though and make sure I'm good

Thanks for the suggestions all - well, except for Brady
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