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What Could Cause Engine Misfire?

What exactly is engine misfire? When your vehicle’s check engine appears on your dashboard, essentially, your engine is misfiring. There are a number of reasons why your engine could be misfiring. However, at Robert’s Collision & Repair, many of our customers face a similar problem.

 

If this scenario sounds at all familiar, we encourage you to bring your vehicle into our shop as soon as possible:

 

You are driving home in a heavy rainstorm one night, and you accidently drive through a puddle. This, of course, results in a wave of water washing over your car’s hood and window. Your check engine light immediately begins to flash, and your engine begins to misfire. Fortunately, you get home safely, but the next morning the check engine light appears again. After a few minutes, the light goes away. This pattern goes on for a few days and then stops. However, next time it rains, you are faced with the same problem. As you can see, this is a complex issue. What is causing the engine to misfire? What does the rain have to do with it?

 

Our team has the answer to your questions. When you drove your car through the puddle, your distributor cap was most likely exposed to water, which could lead to the misfire. This moisture inside your engine is compromising the condition of your spark. When there is no added moisture in your engine, your spark is capable of supplying all the necessary energy. However, when there is extra water or dampness, it causes your engine to expel additional energy. This leads to an engine misfire. You may be thinking about why this problem ceases to exist only a few days later. As your engine heats up, this moisture evaporates, but during the next rainy day, you will experience the same problem.

 

This complex problem, fortunately, has an easy solution, and our ASE Certified Technicians can fix it. Robert’s Collision & Repair will inspect your car from top to bottom, and we will make sure your car is ready for the rainy winter months ahead. Schedule an appointment today at 831-373-1534. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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