Help Needed Car Will Not Start In Cold And Wet Weather

My car didn’t start last week. Installed new battery and cleaned the cables and it started fine. After 2 days, It didn’t start again. Towed it to firestone. They had the car in the garage overnight and when they started the car next morning, surprisingly (no issues) it started just fine. They checked my alternator, battery and started and said everything is fine (however they said distributor seal and oil pan gasket is leaking oil). The manager said they will charge $150 to diagnose the problem.

So, i took the car to a local mechanic to find what was going on. He had the car in the garage and the car started without any issues so he couldn’t pinpoint the issue either (He said there is little oil in the spark plug and suggested I should do a complete tuneup that includes replacing the val cover gasket, relay and spark plugs) and said it would cost $375.

Car is 95 honda accord LX (4 cyl – 2.2 engine) I don’t have that much money and the car started fine. So I brought the car to home and left in the open parking lot of my apt and today morning (raining here since yesterday night) it didn’t start.

I visually checked the distributor and I saw sparks outside the cover, when my friend tried to start the car (car cranks but will not start). I called autozone and the guy told me that I will have to replace the distributor cover.

Please let me know what other parts (Ignition wire, rotor, spark plug wire, spark plug, valve cover) do I have to replace?

Money is tight now but don’t want to run into any issues until end of this year. Appreciate your help!!

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