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Old 11-06-2000, 10:21 AM   #1
dead-eye
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Post Static electricity!!!

EVERY time I exit my car I get a static shock which can sometimes be quite substantial. My passengers are also getting shocked. Anyone else experiencing this? I thought it could be due to the dryness inside the car but this happens only in my car. We have a Toyota Camry, a Lincoln Navigator, a BMW 528i and a MB 320; no shocks encountered.
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Old 11-06-2000, 10:26 AM   #2
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i have never had this happen... but have you ever seen cars with a strip hanging from the back bumper? that supposedly cure the problem... try your local auto parts store
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Old 11-06-2000, 10:34 AM   #3
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This topic was discussed a bit last winter. Apparently, driving in the drier, colder, winter air causes the static buildup. At night I've seen sparks fly from my fingertips when touching the car (really). I can't imagine why Scoobies would be more susceptible than any other car (maybe we just drive them faster!), but BoomerRS is correct, there are corrective items that can be installed.
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Old 11-06-2000, 01:30 PM   #4
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see the other static post
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Old 11-06-2000, 05:45 PM   #5
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Sean is the man. I had this problem with my geo metro (stop laughing ) and I was told by many that it was the tires. They were about half way worn, but I did not want to replace them yet. So i just lived with it until we traded the roller skate in on a firebird. Talk about a change!
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Old 11-06-2000, 09:07 PM   #6
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T'was I who posed this problem last year. Here's my solution from keeping myself from being zapped. When you get out of the car, hold onto the metal side of the door. That way, you'll be in constant contact with the car and you won't get shocked.

Also, I do believe that the static build-up between the passenger and the car is NOT through static build-up from the rotating wheels. I found that even if my car was turned off, if I get into my seat, and then get out without "grounding" myself, I would still get a shock!! My conclusion is that the static charge build-up is caused by the rubbing between the passenger's clothing and the seat. When the passenger stands up (wearing shoes that are probably good insulators -- runners/leather soled shoes, etc.) and touches the metal of the car, excess electrons are discharged into the car, causing the shock to the person.

Anywayz, enuf of this mumbo-jumbo. I didn't try the grounding strap solution because I found an easier one -- just touch a metal part of the car as you get out. Simple as that!

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Old 11-06-2000, 11:04 PM   #7
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I had a 92 Toyota Camry that would light my ass up like a christmass tree every time I got in or out.
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Old 11-07-2000, 12:19 AM   #8
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The rotating tires build up a multi thousand volt static charge on the car. When you step out, you ground the car to earth and that causes the shock to pass through your finger (or whatever). Just like rubbing feet on a carpet and touching a metal door handle.

Go to an audio shop and pick up grounding straps. They connect to the chassis and dangle to the pavement. When in motion, the airflow pushes the straps up under the car. When you stop, the strap falls down, hits earth and discharges the static. Guys with big stereos usually have them.

If you don't want to invest in straps, touch the door frame and then get out. That will ground you through your foot which you can't feel. So, step out, touch metal = zap. Touch metal, step out = no zap.

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