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Camry Won't Start After It Rains

I have a 93' Camry and I have been having the same problem for a few months now, about every other rain causes my camry to not start and I have replaced the distributor, the coil, and had the cap and wires checked out and the mechanics cannot find where the problem is coming from and sure enough after it rained yesterday my car wouldn't start... has anyone experience anything like this?
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Question. Is your engine wet at all after the rain?

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Question. Is your engine wet at all after the rain?
Yea I mean nothing extraordinary but yes it is
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If you have already replaced the entire distributor including the coil, I would go ahead and replace the cap, rotor and wires. The wires could be bad, even if they ohm out OK, and the cap and rotor are cheap enough to just replace. They are the usual suspects after the internal coil itself.

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Quit peeing on your engine...
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Emergency "stuck at the grocery store" fix would be the classic WD-40. Open the hood and spray the stuff on the outside of your distributer and plug wires. This drives off moisture that is shorting out your electrical system.

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I have the same problem. it's 1998 camry 5SFE. In cold winter morning or rainy afternoon, I need keep pressing gas to start engine. I checked in 2 garages, one suggested replacing ignition coil, one suggested replacing idle air control valve. I replaced spark plug and wires, it is same as before. Now decided to replace ignition coil because I can see some wet oil around the No. 2 (front) ignition coil but the No.1 ignition coil is dried well around.
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I have a 93' Camry and I have been having the same problem for a few months now, about every other rain causes my camry to not start and I have replaced the distributor, the coil, and had the cap and wires checked out and the mechanics cannot find where the problem is coming from and sure enough after it rained yesterday my car wouldn't start... has anyone experience anything like this?
What's the cap? oil filler cap?
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i had the prob becuse my splash gard fell off it was the starter get some one to turn the key and pound on the starter or it might be in your fuse box ckeck the relays hope this helpes good luck pm me if you have more?

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Same thing use to happen to my previous 96 5sfe!

It was the corroded battery cables. One was broken, replaced it, (couple of bucks at napa)...never happened again!
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i had the prob becuse my splash gard fell off it was the starter get some one to turn the key and pound on the starter or it might be in your fuse box ckeck the relays hope this helpes good luck pm me if you have more?
may you explain it a little more detail, what's splash gard and where it is?
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Slycat1236,

Let's start over again. Maybe I misread or misinterpreted your original post. Are you saying the starter doesn't crank (turn over) the engine, or that the engine cranks but will not run? The parts you mentioned replacing made me think it cranks, but will not run; but I may be wrong.

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may you explain it a little more detail, what's splash gard and where it is?
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Hi,

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?

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If the cap, rotor and wires are relatively new and are still in good shape (I say that since I have seen some cheap aftermarket ignition system components last 1 year or less), then the next logical problem would be a hairline crack in the coil inside the distributor. The moisture in wet/damp weather causes the cracked coil to short itself to any metal ground inside the distributor. Remove and inspect the coil carefully for cracks or just replace it. They are about $40 for an aftermarket coil.

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