Static Eelctricity

Submitted: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 13:14
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Last December I changed from a Jackaroo to a Nissan Patrol. During the 6 years I owned the Jackaroo I was for ever getting zapped when I got out of the car and closed the driver's door. Since owning the Patrol, I have not been zapped and I am still wary every time I go to close the door. Weather conditions and clothes/shoes I wear are all still relative. The only thing I can come up with, is the different type of material in the seats. Can some experts out there explain?
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Reply By: Kiwi Kia - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 13:25

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 13:25
There are several factors that both cause a static charge to occur, build up and then be discharged.

The friction of the vehicle through the air, temperature, humidity and as you mention, seat coverings can all cause a static charge to occur. However, the charge may be disapated as quickly as it builds up due to the compound in the tyres, wet roads, heaps of sharp bits on the vehicle etc. Static disapates into the air easily from sharp edges compared to smooth rounded edges. The mast head on a sailing ship sometimes glowed with 'St.Elmos fire', cattle horns as glowes as in 'ghost riders in the sky' - these are examples of 'point discharge' of static electricity.
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Reply By: agsmky - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 14:02

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 14:02
The other thing i heard is that the way you depart the vehicle may have something to do with it......grounding yourself to the chassis whilst departing may not cause static discharge. Something the petro dudes mentioned ages ago about elderley people having less problems with static buildup as they held onto the vehicle more to get out.

The patrol, being higher/bigger may change your pattern of vehicle departure.

Can someone confirm these theories ;-)

andrew
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 14:29

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 14:29
"change the pattern of vehicle departure"' Did he mentioen he had a sun roof. Or better still, attach a jumper lead to his ear and throw the other end out the window onto the ground before he alights, that should fix it!!! sorry i cant be more helpful!!
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Follow Up By: agsmky - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 14:45

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 14:45
That's quite ok if you can't be more helpful, i understand :-)

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Follow Up By: Tony J - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:23

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:23
tooshay!!!!
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 14:24

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 14:24
Dave, You are probably buying better quality clothing and shoes since you bought the Patrol. I guess owning a Jackaroo you would always have your hand in your pocket paying out for repairs. So probably long gone are the chinese stubbies knockoffs and rubber thongs. Good to see you are enjoying your Amani suit and leather soled shoes. Yes and no more static!!! Hope this helps, Michael
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:03

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:03
LOL looks like I'll have to put up with the static discharges then. Can't get rid of my stubbies and thongs ... it'd be un-Australian :))))))
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Reply By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 15:06

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 15:06
Dave,

The "Pattern of Vehicle Departure Theory" sounds like the answer. I noticed recently that, with s 2" lift, the back of my leg is usually in contact with the running board as my foot touches the ground and I don't have a problem with getting zapped.

Sounds like a good field for a PhD thesis.

'Biometric dependancy between automative departure patterns and concurrent impact on discharge of standing field generation.' Or something like it.

Matt.
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Reply By: Member - TPM (SA) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:05

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:05
I never had a problem with my Troopie but since I bought the Pathfinder I have been getting some really strong zaps! I figured it was the seat material also.

I had the factory nissan Cathodic protection fitted on purchase do you think that would make it worse ?

Do those gammy looking straps that hang down work ? I think I would prefer the zap to one of those : ) LOL
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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:29

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:29
When I changed from a VN Commodore wagon to a 2002 Pathfinder I was so conditioned to the zaps from the Commodore that it took weeks to learn not to flinch. I very rarely if ever got a zap from the Pathfinder and cannot recall getting one from the current Patrol (even though it is a 3.0 litre!)

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Reply By: bruce - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 20:59

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 20:59
My wife gets zapped getting out of the Falcon wagon....but I do not..and laugh like b.....y...needless to say she is not amused...cheers
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