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    Hello

    After using my car, turning it off and getting out, whenever i touch the door to close it, i get an electric shock, and quite a powerful one at that.

    Even if i shut the door by touching the plactic door handle, i can hear the shock and slighty feel it but obv much less.

    Any ideas?

    Cheers

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    if its only just started its either new shoes,trousers or mats

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    Been happening for the last 3 weeks since i bought that car

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    try taking the mats out for a day and see if there's a change.hth

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    It's been something people have been suffering from ever since they started making metal bodied vehicles that run on rubber tyres. As the vehicle passes through air, it builds up a charge. Similarly you will build up a charge by the action of your clothes rubbing on the seat, which will pass onto the overall charge on the vehicle body. If you stop for a little while, the charge will slowly leak away through the tyres. But if you stop and get out quickly there can be a fair difference in charge between the car body and the ground, which will equalise as soon as something like your body bridges the gap.

    The easiest way to avoid the shock is to hold the door metalwork when getting out so the first thing to touch the floor is your foot. If you put your foot on the floor first then touch the door, you drain all the electrical charge that built up on the car through your fingertip - ouch. By holding the door first, the charge flows through the sole of your feet, which is a much wider area and so you won't even feel it.

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    Cheers rich, makes total sense, I shall have a go at the above

    Thank you very much

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    There's always the option of everyone's favourite 80s car accessory!!

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    Haha i hate these! some people still have them i think.

    The 'hold the door whilst getting out' has worked everytime so far.

    Cheers

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    Why do you think aircraft are earthed before refueling ? Imagine the first thing to touch the aircraft being a filler nozzle ......

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    yup... foot out of the door on the floor and then get out or... get out and touch the wife lol

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