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sometimes, like this morning, when it's really humid and rainy a bunch and the car sits, it won't go unless warmed up, which i assume means something dries off. it will start and sound just like normal but when put into gear (only the forward gears, i noticed) it feels like only a trickle of gas is getting to the engine or something, as if it's half-powered. this morning i put it in gear and it just cut off. after sitting about 10 minutes and revving the engine a bunch, it got up and went just like normal. swartzdk has suggested that i get the spark plug wires changed, which is probably valid anyways at 71K miles, but i don't understand what that would only crop up when it's wet. i also need to get the timing belt changed, but that's a pre-maintenance thing.

so does anyone else have any ideas?? i hate going into the mechanics with no ammo. let's not mention that i have to find a new mechanic because i don't like something the old one did, or i am vaguely suspicious of him. (which is sad because let me tell you he has been super nice to me.)

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ubet_cha
Sep. 4th, 2003 06:10 am (UTC)
Sounds like the distributor cap to me. Been through it once. Fortunately they are cheap to replace.
snidegrrl
Sep. 6th, 2003 09:11 am (UTC)
the fors aspire list i just joined seems to have that concensus too. it's on the list of things to get done i guess.
tzel
Sep. 4th, 2003 06:11 am (UTC)
Well, if the plugs are corroded and not making a good connection, the damp could be causing something to swell and have less of a connection.

With the van, it was just that the thing leaked and the carborator would get wet. Nothing anyone did to fix it ever fixed it. I would just make sure to park so that the front end didn't face into the direction storms usually came from.

Yeah, I know, that's not a lot of help.
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y2kdragon
Sep. 4th, 2003 11:40 am (UTC)
And if you do go, mention that we recommended them. They seem to like the fact that their good name is getting about by word-of-mouth. Yes, they do take good care of the cars that come in. And they won't try to 'upsell' you on anything unless they see something that really does need work. They won't do anything at all, no matter how minor it is, without asking you first. And they will even bug you if they see something that needs to be done right away, but they do it in a professional and respectful manner.
snidegrrl
Sep. 6th, 2003 09:12 am (UTC)
yay!! thank you i will keep them in mind!
oontzgrrl
Sep. 4th, 2003 07:54 am (UTC)
Have you gone to Allan Automotive in silver spring? A lot of people who are really into cars recommend that place.
snidegrrl
Sep. 6th, 2003 09:12 am (UTC)
things that people who are really into cars suggest scare me. ;)
swartzdk
Sep. 4th, 2003 08:03 am (UTC)
Spark
When old wires and distributor caps get old they can get wet and thus short the spark out. sounds like that is exactly what is happening. If you get a set of wires on your own change them one at a time. That way you won't mess up the firing order. Run the car in the dark and look under the hood for blue sparks in the wiring. If tyou see it then you know the wires are bad. Dampness has no effect of sparkplugs but they are cheap so change them as well. Do it soon or prepare to walk.
snidegrrl
Sep. 6th, 2003 09:13 am (UTC)
Re: Spark
excellent advice - thank you dad!
subliminaltea
Sep. 4th, 2003 09:45 am (UTC)
I have an awesome mechanic, but he's all the way down in Brookland. I don't know if you want to go that far.
snidegrrl
Sep. 6th, 2003 09:12 am (UTC)
i don't even know where that is.
castironskillet
Sep. 4th, 2003 10:43 am (UTC)
It's definitely electrical, and will almost certainly go away with new distributor cap & rotor, and new plug-wires. What happens is water is a better conductor than air is, and causes the spark to jump earlier than it should. Go to Advance Auto Parts - bring me along if you like.
snidegrrl
Sep. 6th, 2003 09:21 am (UTC)
you mean that about bring you along? 'cause i could definately use the help. could you vaguely point to where these things go under my hood too?
castironskillet
Sep. 6th, 2003 02:11 pm (UTC)
Sure thing. Why don't you come by my place; we'll pull this stuff out and take my car to the store for replacements. Tomorrow or an evening this week would work for me, but I don't know your schedule.
snidegrrl
Jan. 23rd, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
Someday, I am going to actually take you up on this.
professorbooty
Sep. 7th, 2003 07:27 am (UTC)
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Definitely get it taken care of soon (pardon me if you already have, I'm way behind); my mom's car had a problem like this that was allowed to go for too long, and it got to the point where it would completely stall out if she drove through a large puddle or got a good spray from another driver during a storm.
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