Everything was ACDelco except for the coil and cap, which were Duralast... changed the Duralast coil to ACDelco and purchased same for plugs and wires. Plugs were and are now still the ACDelco Rapidfires. This is the same engine that I rebuilt (top half) in Dec 09'-Jan 10'. I tested and inspected everything when it was easy to get to (with just the block left in on the rebuild). Still has great compression. The van has always ran a little 'off' in the rain. Took longer to start in high humidity conditions...fog/rain. It's been raining for the past 4 days (the day this all started is the day it started raining).
I have all the receipts for everything done, I purchased the coil and cap with a gift card, Christmas gift from Satan I guess.
I've read so many posts about "hard to start in rain" "hard to start when cold", which is the same as my van. Everybody seems to find the fix, which is a bad coil or wire.
There is a strong smell of gas when I try and start the van. I removed the plugs after trying to crank it and they all were wet. There are no leaks anywhere. I'm young and still dumb, so most of you are going to laugh at me for saying "if there is fuel+air+spark, the damn thing should run or at least start then stop" haha. I don't even get a backfire or a chug out of this thing.
I don't have time to mess with it until this weekend. I'll check the voltages on the ICM and CPS then.
On a side note, there was a lot of lightning the night before all this started. The next day my van was dead, and my wife's 2007 Kia started acting up. Hers feels like a coil pack is bad and not firing. Could these 2 things be related? A lightning strike? Just dumb bad luck? There is a telephone pole about 5 ft directly to the side of my van, from where our cars are parked.
Diagram time!---> [TP] [Van] [car]
I might be fishing but if the charge dissipated after hitting the ground, then my van, then her car would be less effected, correct?
Might not of been lightning at all, I'd just hate to be one of those people who left out something.