'89 Toyota Corolla All-Trac wagon has a bad habit of stalling, typically while accelerating from stopped, sometime between the first 100 feet to 5 miles. Only occurs during wet and/or humid weather (not always direct rainfall). Car starts reliably, but stalls after 1st or 2nd or 3rd start-from-stop. After warmed up(5+) miles if no stall or once restarted after stall, car runs normal and reliable until next long period of time sitting off in wet weather. Car very difficult to restart after stall, 5 minutes of aggresive restarting required OR left alone for 10-15 with occasional restart attempts, will restart and usually run fine. HELP!
Wet weather engine problems are typically due to worn components in the ignition system. I’d start with a new set of spark plugs, ignition wires, distributor cap, and rotor. Use tune-up grease on the spark plug boots and distributor cap boots. These are typically where the problem starts, and these parts should be replaced regularly anyway. If this doesn’t solve the problem, then the ignition module and coil need to be inspected and tested. I’d test these before replacing. They typically last the life of the car. Since this car is 20 years old, though, all bet are off.