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Old 11-06-2000, 10:40 AM   #1
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Post Static electricity problem

EVERY time I get out of my RS, I get a static shock. This doesn't happen in any of our other cars: Toyota Camry, Lincoln Navigator, BMW 528i, MB 320, Honda Civic Si. Anyone else experiencing this problem?
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Old 11-06-2000, 10:43 AM   #2
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My sister gets this exact same problem but it's the way around. She gets hit by static electricity in every one of our cars, except mine. Go figure. :shrug:
 
Old 11-06-2000, 10:44 AM   #3
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This has happened to me many times. I have a 95 impreza. Everytime I'd step in, drive off and come out, I'd get a bolt of shock on the from the door while closing it. I've tried many different tactics to avoid (took out the floor mats, Touched something metal inside the car, etc)but I'd still get shock. After awhile, it went away then came back again. Once at night, I even saw a pretty large sized electric bolt connect from my hand to the door. What causes this you ask? I'd like to know myself my

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Old 11-06-2000, 10:51 AM   #4
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The same thing happened to me when I was driving a 97 OBS. I had the same problem with my RS, but I haven't noticed it since I got rid of my RE92's. Coincidence? I dunno. I'm wondering if the problem will come back again with the onset of winter, and drier air.

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Old 11-06-2000, 11:17 AM   #5
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Clothing, seat fabric, weather and tires all contribute to the static problem.

Put your hand on the metal of the doorsill as you exit. Problem solved.
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Old 11-06-2000, 11:39 AM   #6
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SIDE NOTE::

Did any of you know that, the discharge from a static shock is upward of 50Kv...yes thats 50,000 volts.

Why doesn't it kill????? NO amps, next to zero !!!

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Old 11-06-2000, 01:27 PM   #7
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OK dudes, heres the problem, the seats are "hair magnets" and you get "shocked". Just spray "cling free" on the seats and the problems are gone........easy fix
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Old 11-06-2000, 01:42 PM   #8
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I do the same thing that colin does...just grab the roof on your way out, and you don't get shocked.

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Old 11-06-2000, 02:02 PM   #9
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Jeff Woo (jwooman) has a metal/rubber thingy that hangs down under the rear bumper of his Impreza that drags on the ground and eliminates static electricity. It's a ground of some sort, I guess... it works though.
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Old 11-06-2000, 05:20 PM   #10
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I have leather seats and I still have the problem. So the problem is not necessarily the stock seats.
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Old 11-06-2000, 10:02 PM   #11
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AHAHHAHAH that is so funny that it happens to hother ppl. My gf gets zappped really bad and I laugh at her most of the time. heheh I guess its just something that we have to deal with it
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Old 11-06-2000, 10:12 PM   #12
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You get static from when you are in the car and move around in the seat. You will "charge" yourself positively + or negatively - and the car is the opposite. When you get out the electricity has to go somewhere so when you touch the car you get Zapped. Humidity and temp have a role in how easy it is to get a static shock.

Keth, what is your gf doing in the car to make her get zapped?
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Old 11-06-2000, 10:14 PM   #13
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I had the same problem with my 93 LS and 95 LX. I have not had it happen on my 01 RS. I had forgotten all about it until I read the post. I had the conductive rubber grounding strap on the 95, worked good.
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Old 11-06-2000, 10:16 PM   #14
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I thought I was the only one
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Old 11-06-2000, 11:17 PM   #15
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It used to happen to my wife every time until she figured out how to avoid it. She closes the door by way of pushing the window(glass). It seems to work....
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Old 11-07-2000, 12:06 AM   #16
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If you have carpet in your car you will build static electricity it's kind of like a small lightning bolt. It works the same way in the clouds, either positive or negative particles get charged and when one over powers the other they attract. When there is enough of them they release and when there is a gap inbetween them ZAP!!!
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Old 11-07-2000, 12:08 AM   #17
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Oh yeah forgot, rubbing charges them try the balloon trick. Rub it on your head and then stick it to the wall. Viola, electricity, hence radios, tv's, computers, and magnets. Ain't physics cool.
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Old 11-07-2000, 05:57 AM   #18
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He he he . This pops up on cars ever once in a while. Several years back Honda had to change their tires because there was such a huge static shock problem. A lot of the time it is a result of how much silica is in the tread compound. Honda's tires(I think they were using one of Michelin's 'green' tires) had so much that there was hardly any 'grounding' effect. When their drivers went to pay tolls or get their fast food there were arcs that were over 1" long. OUCH!!! That's alot of static build up!!!

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Old 11-07-2000, 08:00 AM   #19
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This is a chronic problem for me! Sometimes those shocks can be nasty!

One time I was reaching into my back seat, I was too lazy to move the front seat foward and got the worst shock to my earlobe!

Now I'll wait for my unsuspecting passangers to "take one for the gipper" by waiting for them to get out first! It always cracks me up to hear my girlfriend yelp from a shock!

If by myself, I'll close the door by using the glass window to protect me from the shock!

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Old 11-07-2000, 09:08 AM   #20
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I have tinted windows and that plastic film is like a powerstation when I touch it as I try to close the door. Now I use my elbow to swing the door shut.

I'm gonna hold a flouresent light bulb next time and see if it lights up the gas within(no, smartass, the gas in the light bulb).

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Old 11-07-2000, 02:35 PM   #21
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I love seeing people getting zapped!!!! AHAHAHAHAHAH
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Old 11-08-2000, 12:38 AM   #22
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50,000 volts you say? It can be as high as 300,000 volts!! Gotta love those lil' electrons.

Quick reminder:
Remember to ground yourself b4 touching the insides of your PC! That amount of voltage can easily destroy surface mounted transistors! (i.e. new door-stop video card).
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Old 11-08-2000, 03:53 AM   #23
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I got zapped when I first got my car last year. But it seems to have stopped. I haven't gotten shocked in while.
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Old 11-08-2000, 05:46 AM   #24
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i have to touch a body panel on my car, when i get out too, or ZAP! and it sucks, too
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Old 11-08-2000, 04:08 PM   #25
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This has been happening in my old car as well as the RS. Not all the time, but quite often. My "solution" is that when I get out fo the car, I put one foot on the ground and touch the edge of the car with the inside part of my leg. The shock feels much lighter due to the grounding effect, I guess.
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