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Old 09-30-2010, 12:57 PM   #1
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I have a feeling that this is an electrical issue, given the 3.5 inches of rain we are getting right now.

I am sick, took off work, got in car to go to the doctors. It started fine. As I started to drive, the car had NO power. As soon as the engine gets some load, it is falling on its face. It feels like my old VW felt with a cracked coil case when it got wet.

Is this common at all? It is throwing codes, but I have no way to go anywhere to see what they are. Walking to the parts store with a "I feel lucky" hunch is not even possible what with the torrents of rain and my being sick.

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Old 09-30-2010, 01:20 PM   #2
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With that much rain your air filter may have water in it, thus restricting the airflow into the engine.

Drove through any puddles lately?
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:27 PM   #3
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I'd place money on them being misfire codes. I just went through this with my Forester. Any rainy day, and the thing would be 50% go and 50% no on and off in just a short distance, throwing CELs. I didn't hit any puddles or traverse any submerged roads; it was just the ridiculous humidity. After replacing the plug wires, it runs fine. Check your ignition system.
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:55 PM   #4
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No puddles. I had not driven anywhere since getting home from work last night (before the storm hit).

I am sure that this is ignition related. But... Nothing I can do about it until the tow truck gets here and I can get my car to the shop.
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Old 09-30-2010, 04:49 PM   #5
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I'll agree with it likely being an ignition issue. . .how old are your wires? (when mine went I could hear them arcing on a humid day)
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:05 PM   #6
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You can probably change your plugs and wires for under the cost of the tow alone. That's where I'd start. Pretty simple job.
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