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engine cutting out when covered with blowing snow

john Deere 928e, cuts out when blowing off the driveway only when the wind is blowing snow back at me and covering the machine. Im assuming i have a cracked coil or spark plug wire, and its grounding out when it gets damp. does anyone have any other ideas? this is my starting point....new coil is $27.00... not bad...
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Hi Klem:
Mine will sometimes act the same way however, I believe it is the snow being sucked into the air intake at the carburetor (even had it to it to my current EFI machine)
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Welcome to the forum! I suppose it could also be a bad insulator on the spark plug. Replacing the plug is at least a cheap and easy place to start.

I've never tried it. But you might be able to test by spraying a water mist (from a spray bottle) onto the ignition wire, etc, while it's running. To better understand where the problem is located, at least.

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Try cleaning everything (wiring/cap) then apply a silicone spray.
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Carburetor icing is one thing, another is getting water on any of the wiring for the ignition kill switch, down on the side of the engine. If it gets wet it could short out and ground your ignition, a possibility, besides shorting out a bad spark plug wire and cap.
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Great Information from all! Thank y'all! I learned where to look first for some simple problems, before I rip it apart.
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engine cutting out when covered with blowing snow

Removing the spark plug once it died and see if I still spark when cranking it (replug the wire) would give you an idea. (Make sure the tread of the plug contact with the engine block for grounding to test spark)
Also, if it’s carb icing on the jet you’ll have a very lean/hot plug signs.

If it’s spark problem or icing at the car air intake you’ll have a very wet plug.

You can try to see if choke help you keep the engine alive .. yes (frozen jet) if worst (frozen carb air intake). If no changes (more likely spark issue)

I like the previous suggestion of spraying a mist of water on the spark wire and coil..


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Slight possibility of blocking the gas cap vent, especially if it is already questionable. ….
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How exactly it dies would be useful to know. Is it like you turned the ignition off? Or starts sputtering, etc, and eventually dies, like running out of gas?

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