Siliconing the seal probaby created the problem... that is, it prevented any moisture that entered from ever being able to drain out. Who knows how it got in there... but it did. Probably just condensed in there on a hot, humid day.
Originally Posted by CLynn85
I can't remember where I saw it, but I saw a cool "mod" for highly exposed distributors. Take a rubber surgical glove and cut off the fingertips. now, run your plug wires in through the tips of the fingers and connect them to the distributor. Cover the rest of the distributor with the palm portion of the glove. This should keep water out. I wouldn't leave it on all the time... you want the distributor
Do this whenever you will be trapsing through water... or just carry a can of WD40 and spray it out whenever you get water up in there.
Come to think of it, using some dielectric grease on the plug wire connections and spraying inside the distributor with WD40 every couple months might just be good preventative maintenance.
In high school I was with a buddy in his Ford Ranger... we were puddle-jumping. He hit a huge one and got tons of water in the distributor... it started running really rough. He was afraid he'd damaged the engine, so he shut it off. Couldn't get it started... his dad came out, sprayed WD40 in there, and it started right up. All this to say, I'm sure glad I have coil packs and not a distributor.
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