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Old 02-26-2014, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Phrog View Post
Could snow have gotten into the distributor and caused a temporary short/ground, which went away as soon as the snow evaporated? The spark plugs themselves wouldn't have gotten wet, but the ignition system upstream of the spark plugs could have.

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With the vented distributor design I'm not sure that could happen, but something like that is certainly what I suspect to have happened. The next question would be what is the most likely culprit and what do I need to do to avoid having that same incident in the future?

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Originally Posted by MDH33 View Post
I would guess that the cold snow hitting your hot engine evaporated and your intake sucked in a bunch of water vapor which would stall it. Not as likely in the summer maybe due to the warmer air?
Hm, maybe. I guess the same thing happens when you pour Seafoam into the intake. But it seems like the engine can take quite a bit of that and still run. The problem on this occasion was that it wouldn't restart once it stalled, even if I cranked it for several seconds. Didn't want to kill the battery because it was dark and cold and I didn't want to have to walk to a neighboring house if I didn't have to. But after a few minutes of sitting it started back up.
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