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Left hood up in rain! NOOOOOOOooooo D:

 
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Old 15 Mar 2016, 06:11 pm
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I have a PT Cruiser, and I had NO IDEA I didn't know what I was thinking. ):

But I left the hood up one night, and it rained really heavily all night.

The next day it died on me, and I had to push the gas pedal a lot just to go 20mph and the car wouldn't go much faster than that.


When I put it in reverse now I HAVE to push gas just to make it move. And it just drives odd now.

What should I check since everything got wet? Google isn't very helpful.

Thanks everyone! I wanna drive my PT );
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Old 15 Mar 2016, 06:16 pm
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Check to see if the spark plug wells are full of water.

The way the valve cover is made, it might trap rain water under very heavy flow even though it appears to be designed not to. And if the spark plug wire boots are not on good or are worn out, the water can get into the wells. This may partial ground out the spark if the boots don't seal on the plugs as they should.


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Old 15 Mar 2016, 06:33 pm
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If the engine was running even badly after things got wet maybe let it dry a day with the hood open. Out of the rain that is.

You could also check for DTC's. (engine Codes). This may at least tell you what is not liking the water on or in it?

The other member had a good thought but you would have gotten an engine light and a subsequent DTC relating to one or more cylinder's miss firing.

We (most of us) all wash our engine and some of us soak them pretty good and the engine start and run just fine. most of the time. lol So chances are you just need to let things dry a little longer.
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Check to see if the spark plug wells are full of water.

The way the valve cover is made, it might trap rain water under very heavy flow even though it appears to be designed not to. And if the spark plug wire boots are not on good or are worn out, the water can get into the wells. This may partial ground out the spark if the boots don't seal on the plugs as they should.

Do not remove the plugs themselves...just pull the wires & use a rag to soak up any water that might be in the plug wells. If you have water there & remove the plugs, you'll cause more problems & will have to drain the oil.

Also check the air cleaner box & filter. Check the PDC/TIPM by removing the cover & see if you have any water or moisture covering the fuses.
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Old 15 Mar 2016, 07:20 pm
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Do not remove the plugs themselves...just pull the wires & use a rag to soak up any water that might be in the plug wells. If you have water there & remove the plugs, you'll cause more problems & will have to drain the oil.

Also check the air cleaner box & filter. Check the PDC/TIPM by removing the cover & see if you have any water or moisture covering the fuses.
ditto on these....would also be nice if you have an air compressor....
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Water in the air box can cause problems for sure. For some reason, cars don't see to run too good on water injection!
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Old 16 Mar 2016, 02:37 pm
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Ok thank you all for the help!!! Really. thanks.
I"ll check all these today and post an update!
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Remember you can spray WD40 on stuff. The WD stands for water displacement. That is what you sprayed inside your distributor cap when it got wet.
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