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Stringaa
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Electric shocks

Post by Stringaa » Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:27 pm

Anyone else experience electric shocks when getting out the car?

I get one almost every time I get out and touch the outside of the door and they’re quite big, never was an issue with my old car, bit odd!


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Dunkelmann
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Re: Electric shocks

Post by Dunkelmann » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:15 pm

Yes, I've had a couple. Perhaps it is the seat material generating static, when brushed by getting out in very dry conditions. I've had this on other cars in hot dry weather.
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Re: Electric shocks

Post by Cottonlane » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:33 pm

I'd probably die from the Shock of seeing my Arona, never mind the seats?
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Re: Electric shocks

Post by Stringaa » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:10 pm

Dunkelmann wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:15 pm
Yes, I've had a couple. Perhaps it is the seat material generating static, when brushed by getting out in very dry conditions. I've had this on other cars in hot dry weather.
Hadn’t thought of that! Got the Xcellence Lux so have Alcantara which I guess could cause it. Had full leather in my old car.


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Re: Electric shocks

Post by GazzaB » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:09 pm

lot of things can cause ESD. Or Electro Static Discharge.
Generally just walking can generate a 1000 volts of static charge.
and ESD voltages can go above 10000 volts.
usually from 3000-5000 volts your will feel the discharge.
from 5000-7000 volts, you can see a small spark at discharge.
Above 7000 you may hear the crack of the discharge.

Alcantara, plastics, carpets, clothes, paper all generate and store ESD.
Humidity is another cause, as this will hold and generate end in the air. (Think of a thunderstorm, how it can feel heavy in the air before it happens) This is the humidity changing, and build up of charge in the atmosphere.

ESD is a killer of electronics
This is why in electronics it is so critical to use ESD discharge straps and mats.
A nuclear explosion generates a ESD burst which can wipe out electronics.

Try a rubber mat in the car, to isolate your feet rubbing on the carpet, or attach a discharge lead from the seat fabric to the chassis.
usually its the mats that cause the most, rubber can generate end but to a lesser degree.
can try a car ioniser, that will reduce static build up.

See what works best for you.
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