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Re: Washing your distributor cap

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Subject: Re: Washing your distributor cap
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 09:30:28 -0800
Well, my take has been that the "rainy day" problem is an interaction
between condensing moisture and the thin layer of carbon dust, brass filings
and oil that builds up on the inside of a neglected distributor cap. So, it
makes sense that if you can thoroughly clean the cap of the built-up crud,
that it would be less sensitive to moisture. It wouldn't have occurred to me
to try the dishwasher, though, and I wouldn't rule out the possibility that
the hot water/hot air treatment might cause some other sort of problem

But I wouldn't throw the leads in there, at all. You'd risk forcing water
into the insulation, I'd think. I would just thoroughly clean the ends.

on 12/2/02 9:19 AM, Tim Holt at wrote:

> Saw on Moss some guy's suggestion you toss your distributor cap and
> leads into the dishwasher if you have problems starting on rainy and
> foggy mornings.   My question is, what exactly is this doing?  Also I
> suppose, just what does go on in the distributor that makes starts on
> cold/foggy/rainy mornings not happen?


Max Heim
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