I get Zapped.

Submitted: Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:00
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Hi all.

Recently we bought a Mitusbishi Magna ( damn nice car!) But every time I get out of the car I get a humungus zap.

I get out of the car and get back in then out again - the minute I reach for the door to close it, I get zapped !

I am not game to see just how many times I can get zapped before the charge disipates.

The annoying part is that the 2 i/c does not have this problem.

Does this mean I am a live spark? :-)

Any ideas how to stop this tortuous happening?

Regards
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Reply By: Member - StevenL - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:07

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:07
May depend what shoes you are wearing. Electricity is earthing from the car via you!. If you have thick rubber soles on your shoes then you may not get shocked.

I find that the best way to avoid shocks is to touch any object that you think may shock you with the back of your hand or fingers first. This way the reflexive action jerks your hand way rather than onto the surface. Good habit to get into and only takes half a second.

Other thing to do is install an earthing strap. Hardly ever see on cars these anymore!

Steven
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Follow Up By: Janset - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:18

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:18
Hi.

That is how I do touch the car. As to the foot ware, is there anything more natural that thongs?

I have thought of an earthing strap but I did not think they made them anymore.

Regards
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Follow Up By: phil - Tuesday, Mar 30, 2004 at 11:34

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2004 at 11:34
I tried an earthing strap (from Repco) but it had no effect at all. Has now fallen off. No loss.
Phil
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Reply By: Pesty - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:07

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:07
Janset, In the olden days! you would bolt a stastic strap under the car, but not having had this problem am not sure if there isnt a high tech solution, or if you can still buy static straps.

Cheers Steve
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:13

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:13
Yep ... still see them around ocassionally at Kmart
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:16

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:16
Usually only seen on immaculate EH Holdens being driven by a Hat to the bowls comp!
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Follow Up By: Janset - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:19

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:19
StenenL

You cut me to the quick!

LOL
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Reply By: Eric Experience. - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:18

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:18
Janset.
The elotrostatic charge is coming from your clothes rubing on the seat, if you wear the same cloth as your 2i/c you won't have the problem. You may remember at school the ebany rod and the cats fur, the plastic in clothes and the seat are the problem, you will find the problem is greatest at very low humidity. Happy motoring in the Magna. Eric.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:02

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:02
Janset, I reckon Eric is right. You should change to satin underwear possibly to eliminate or exaggerate your potential for problem.

Just not sure which problem you may create doing that. It may become Magna-fied
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Reply By: ToyMotor - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:00

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:00
Any ideas how to stop this tortuous happening?

Yes!

As you get out of the car, make sure that you are holding on to something metallic - like the roof, or the b pillar, this way the charge gets conducted away without the voltage build up that results in a spark. Try it - you'll like it!

Cheers
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Follow Up By: joc45 - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 01:25

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 01:25
Agreed - been using this trick for years, it works.
As you slide off the seat, you generate a charge, the amount (Q) depending on the material of the seat and your clothing, the humidity, and the quality of insulation of your shoe soles. As you draw away from the seat, the capacitance C between you and the car decreases. Since the charge Q is constant, the voltage E must rise, and rise it does.
(E = Q/C)
By holding onto the vehicle body, the charge drains away before the voltage can rise to any degree.
Gerry
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Reply By: V8troopie - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 01:22

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 01:22
Janset, you wouldn't have sheep skin seat covers, would you? Some types are notorious for charging up the person sitting on them.

You can get antistatic spray. It is often used by people working with perspex. You could try spraying the seat covers with that and see if it's still shocking to get out of your car.

Good luck,
Klaus
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Reply By: Janset - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 03:36

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 03:36
Thanks guys.

A lot of good ideas here and I will try all the suggestions the next time the 2 i/c lets me play with her car.

No I do not have sheep skin covers, they are the standard cloth, but I do remember that most of the time I am wearing a synthetic tee shirt.

As as for changing my underwear from satin, that's a big ask but I think I can make the sacrifice. I have always been partial to black lace ;-)))

Regards
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Reply By: Member - Anne - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 09:06

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 09:06
Hi,

This solution doesn't sound very blokey, but then I worry about the black lace underwear! Try using hand cream! I am very prone to static build up(probably a live spark too!), but find that using body lotion or handcream provides a barrier to stop the shocks Hope this helps.

Regards,
Anne.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brett H (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 17:08

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 17:08
I have heard that hand and body lotion should only be applied after having a bath in scented water and scrubbing with a loofa (sp?). and don't forget to use that cream with the little blue skin polishing balls as seen on late night infomercials.
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Reply By: Joe - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 21:04

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 21:04
Hi Janset,
My wife had the same problem. Anti static spray from the supermarket works. Has to be reaplied every 2 months.
Regards
Joe
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Reply By: Rossco100series - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 02:33

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 02:33
I have the same prob in my 100 so now soon as I open the dorr I touch the door catch bare steel to earth myself then I hop out but my hand stays in contact with the catch at all time's until I'm out of the car. And ever since doing this no problems.

Rossco
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Follow Up By: Janset - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 19:37

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 19:37
Thanks guys.

All info appreciated. I have tried most of them now and I think the easiest appears to be hanging onto something metal as I step out.

I will take my leave now for the next 2 or three weeks as I am off down South for a bit of holiday time.

Regards

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