Moisture in the ignition system causes most wet-weather vehicle difficulties. As a car is driven in the rain, water splashes into the engine compartment and can short out the engine's spark plugs. Heat from the engine also can cause condensation to form and enter the ignition system, causing the engine to fail. Suggestions for solving these rainy-day problems are: (1) a sputtering vehicle should be moved out of traffic, be put in neutral, accelerator pedal depressed slightly to cause the engine to idle fast, and, if the engine runs smoothly within a minute, be returned to the road; (2) a stalled car that will not restart should be towed to where a mechanic is available to diagnose to the problem and, if it is due to moisture, to dry the parts thoroughly. Additional information is provided in this article concerning proper car maintenance to prepare for wet-weather driving.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Tornatore (Ralph)

    P.O. Box 161209
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95816
  • Publication Date: 1988-11

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  • Accession Number: 00490087
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-040 531
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1989 12:00AM