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    Just wondering if anyone could shed some light on this wee problemo ive been having.

    As the weather has been nice recently, i like to drive with windows down and take in some fresh country air. However a couple of times when ive arrived and turned the car off (still with windows down) got out and touched the top if the door frame or bit where the window seal is, ive been getting a little electric shock. This has gone from being a bit strange to ****** annoying especialy when im arriving at a house viewing and clients are watching me lol

    Anyone any idea whats causing this or what i could do to put it right?

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    Just static, m8

    Make sure you touch the ground before the car bodywork and you'll be fine. Or get your passenger to touch the bodywork first

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    It's a combination of the material on your trousers rubbing against the seat causing static and, crucially at the moment, high humidity. Some people are more susceptable than others though

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    Quote Originally Posted by parapaul View Post
    Just static, m8

    Make sure you touch the ground before the car bodywork and you'll be fine. Or get your passenger to touch the bodywork first
    Ha Ha its usualy just me in the car mate. It happens once ive got out of the car and go to close the door, so I would be touching the ground through my shoes (mostly my smart shoes for wrk) already.

    I do like the idea of getting someone else to touch the bodywork though, i could have a right laugh with that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matty H View Post
    It's a combination of the material on your trousers rubbing against the seat causing static and, crucially at the moment, high humidity. Some people are more susceptable than others though
    Thats a point i did recently buy a new suit which is a kinda polyester material, not a cheap one but dont suppose that matters. The one i had before didnt cause any static.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VectraMat View Post
    Thats a point i did recently buy a new suit which is a kinda polyester material, not a cheap one but dont suppose that matters. The one i had before didnt cause any static.
    Polyester, nylon, leather or wool are the main materials that cause static. Whereas Cotton is fairly static neutral

    If you're ever feeling bored/sad/daft enough then blow up a balloon then, in the dark, rub it up and down a wool sweater and watch the green sparks. Then hold the balloon above your hair and feel it pulling on it.

    It's harmless though, if flamin annoying when it happens cos it makes you jump

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matty H View Post
    Polyester, nylon, leather or wool are the main materials that cause static. Whereas Cotton is fairly static neutral

    If you're ever feeling bored/sad/daft enough then blow up a balloon then, in the dark, rub it up and down a wool sweater and watch the green sparks. Then hold the balloon above your hair and feel it pulling on it.

    It's harmless though, if flamin annoying when it happens cos it makes you jump
    Im sure there will be a few members who will be giving that a try but not admitting to it lol

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    The Misses (Sharon C) usually gets this happen to her.

    I don't seen to suffer, Shame isn't it!!

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    same here the wife always gets zapped!+ i dont? i just love it!! she''''s realy peed off. i cant stop grinning when i hear the click..

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    I used to get this on an old Honda Civic i had....i fitted one of those rubber anti static straps at the back of the motor which are in contact with the ground...it did work though but dont get it with the veccy.

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