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I'm new to the forum.. found it while searching the net for info about this same problem. 96 Camry with a '95 5fse motor.
I've had starting problems twice now in three days. Both times after rain overnight. So I associate this problem with the moisture.
The starter engaged and it started to fire up, then quit. I then tried cranking again and it will crank for a while, then start to fire a little bit (maybe one or two cylinders ignite) but not enough to turn over and run.
Wed it happened to me, so I took the wife's car. Then that evening I replaced the plugs and managed to get it to fire up. It was definitely flooded!
It ran perfectly and started every time yesterday.
Then this morning after a night of rain, the same thing happened. Seems like it's getting fuel, but no spark on at least one cylinder. When that spark doesn't come, the combustion chamber fills with gas and then it floods out.
It seems to me that it's moisture getting in somewhere and causing a bad connection which prevents the plug or plugs from firing and thus allowing the motor to flood. Once flooded, the plugs get wet and just won't fire.
So what to fix?
Last summer i replaced the distributor (cap and rotor), wires, and plugs. I'd hope that I don't have to do that again.
I'm planning to recheck the connections between the rotor and plug wires, and between the wires and spark plugs.
I'll also check the connection at my MAF, and as suggested above, make sure my battery cables aren't corroded.
Can anyone else help with a remedy?
Last edited by Eikon; 04-11-2008 at 02:34 PM.