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Old 04-21-2009, 06:22 AM   #1
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Default ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZAP !.......and then cursing.

Evertime I get out of the car, an electric blue arc jumps from the door I'm closing to my fingers and makes me happy for several seconds.

Oh Joy.

What is causing this and what can be done?

I have cloth interior and am running BFG Traction TAs and I've foud nothing about rolling resistance problems with these tires like I would expect from 90K mile tires.

Maybe a capacitor to the body?
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:24 AM   #2
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My Ranger does the same thing. I hit the door with my arm first. I don't notice the shock to the arm much.
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:44 AM   #3
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attach a flexible metal strap to the lowest part of the vehicle frame so that a couple inches of it drags the ground releasing static electricity there instead of your fingers...

oh, yea....just be sure you don't have a leaky fuel line

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Happens with my truck everytime, at night you can actually see a blue spark
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Hold your keys in your hand and touch the keys to the truck first.

The key takes the Zap, not you. You may still feel it, but just barely if at all.
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beats crawlin under to put a strap on(old school, anyway)
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check your body-to-frame grounding strap. Make sure there is good contact between both.

In low humidity, a static charge can build up.
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My daughter's car did that. I sprayed the interior with that static spray for laundry and then febreeze. Problem went away.
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Just hang on to the door, (on metal part), somewhere as you get out of your seat. If you are already grounded to the frame while getting out of the truck, the static shouldn't build up. Works for me anyways!
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For me, it depends on what pants I'm wearing. Back when I had my desk job and I was wearing dress slacks, I would get shocked every time. But when I'm wearing my jeans or my shop pants, I have yet to get shocked. I think that's because I kinda slide out of my seats though.
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