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Old December 23rd, 2010, 09:14 PM
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My D-90 got wet?

so i had my defender in the driveway during so cals wet weather and today I went to start it and it turns over but thats it?? do I wait and see if it dries out or is there something under the hood I can check to get it started. water seems to run down the firewall into the footwells so not sure what could have happened

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Old December 23rd, 2010, 09:34 PM
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Had mine over hood deep for several hours. How wet? Just went through this.
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 09:40 PM
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It was 6 days of rain and I can only assume something got wet? Where would you start lookin for the problem?
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 09:46 PM
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It was 6 days of rain and I can only assume something got wet? Where would you start lookin for the problem?
Just rain? I dont see how that could be the cause of much of a problem. Check for spark, fuel and injector pulse. Pull and make sure the air cleaner is not wet. One of those things will send you in a direction. If it was not under water, it could be coincidental.

Sorry, thats the best I know.
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 09:55 PM
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I'd start by replacing the plugs. Mine does the same thing if I dont change the plugs every 25-30k miles.
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 10:06 PM
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i did have an occasion where my truck wouldn't start after being out in a storm with bimini top on (had a tarp covering it but it blew off). Had another occasion where after being out in the rain for two days with the besttop on I turn on the truck to the odo not working and the speedometer flying around.

Both ended up correcting themselves upon air dry. That's my guess for you too.
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 10:33 PM
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I prefer not to hang out and wait for dry air while in the middle of nowhere. It would be nice to know why the truck won't start if it was mine.
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 11:00 PM
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Here is my experience on getting my engine wet. I ended up just giving it a few days to dry out and its been fine every since.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=23811
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i did have an occasion where my truck wouldn't start after being out in a storm with bimini top on (had a tarp covering it but it blew off). Had another occasion where after being out in the rain for two days with the besttop on I turn on the truck to the odo not working and the speedometer flying around.

Both ended up correcting themselves upon air dry. That's my guess for you too.
The odometer not working is a common and know problem on 97s. The speedometer flying around could be a bad connection somewhere. Check the fuse box above the driver's side fender. There are some power leads there that could be loose. I had to loosen those once and didn't tighten them all the way down and my speedometer did some crazy things.
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Old December 24th, 2010, 09:42 PM
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My 94 used to have the same problem. When it rained, it wouldn't start. All I needed to do was spray some WD40 on the ignition module on the dist. and it fired right up. I have since relocated the unit with no more problems, even in our most recent rain.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...?t=9713&page=2
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Just get a 97. lol Never have had problems.
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Old December 26th, 2010, 10:31 PM
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Just get a 97. lol Never have had problems.

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Old December 27th, 2010, 02:36 AM
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In 1994 I had a D90 soft top. I got caught out in the rain with the bimini top a few times. I then noticed the car would not start when it rained and would even have some issues with stalling in turns and when accelerating.

After much trouble-shooting.......it was the ECU. I had AC as an option and this relocated the ECU from it's original (high and dry) spot near the firewall to against the footwell panel near the door. Somehow over time water found it's way into the ECU box and collected. The chips were beginning to get corroded. When it rained or was humid it played havoc with the electronics. In turns and with acceleration the water that had collected would "shift" and short out the chips causing it to stall.

When I took it to Rover with MY findings (after they failed to diagnose TWICE), they told this would NOT be covered and that this was not a warranty issue but an "abuse" issue. I became very angry and wrote a letter with copies of their advertisements for the D90 showing it in the rainforest, and going through rivers. I told them what a f-ing joke it was that my D90 was hobbled in Indianapolis without having seen nothing but strips malls and supermarket parking lots. And that this was and engineering fault on their part and this could have led to an accident. I threatened to report them.

Their tune quickly changed and I had the work done for free. I then relocated the box and sealed it.

You more likely have ignition/distributor issues but don't forget about the ECU.

BTW......I sold that D90 5 years later for nearly $10K profit!!! Never had a car turn a profit that quickly. I then got back into the game 3 years ago and plan to stay.
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