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My Jimny is electrifying

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25 Apr 2024 08:29 #255771 by Busta
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Hold onto the frame of the door as your feet touch the ground. This will "discharge" you without the shock of the static jumping from your hand back to the door.

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25 Apr 2024 09:25 #255772 by yakuza
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Cannot remember having this problem since the fleece went out of fashion from the fact that they micro-pollute small plastic bits that adds up to tons of waste in streams and the sea.

But remember also having the problem at some sofas as well as the car, the office chair at work, walking too close to the walls and corners at work too, I could feel the sparks fly from the walls and into my shoulder.
My cat had this old fleece blanket and when petting the cat on there she used to pinch her eyes anticipating the next spark :)

I choose less plastics in the clothing and shoes nowadays. Cannot remember having this problem for a couple of years now that the fleece is gone. Could be coincidental but...

Norway 2005 Jimny M16A VVT, 235 BFG MT, 2" Trailmaster, ARB rear lck, 17%/87% high/low gears.

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25 Apr 2024 11:33 #255774 by facade
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You could try one of those "anti-static" sprays that they sell for upholstery on the seats, and I believe that you can get "anti-static" fabric conditioners for washing your trousers.

It is more likely to be your clothes rubbing against the seatcloth than the air rubbing on the car this weather.

I remember seeing a video about the mountain rescue helicopters. Apparently the rotor blades furiously rub against the air as they whirl round and the whole helicopter and everything in it charge up to ridiculous voltages.

When they dangle a man underneath it, he has an extra bit of wire attached to the winch cable that has to touch the ground first, if he touches the ground first he gets a shock, which would cheer you up a bit if you were stuck in the cold up a mountain somewhere waiting for rescue....



 

If it suddenly breaks, go back to the last thing that you did before it broke and start looking there :)

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25 Apr 2024 14:52 #255775 by DrRobin
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I remember seeing a video about the mountain rescue helicopters. Apparently the rotor blades furiously rub against the air as they whirl round and the whole helicopter and everything in it charge up to ridiculous voltages.
When they dangle a man underneath it, he has an extra bit of wire attached to the winch cable that has to touch the ground first, if he touches the ground first he gets a shock, which would cheer you up a bit if you were stuck in the cold up a mountain somewhere waiting for rescue....
 

I thought that was true for all helicopters, they have to ground themselves first.  It's OK if they land, but if they drop a hook down for cargo pick up or drop off the ground crew use an insulated rod to earth the helo first.  Very important for an oil or gas rig not to have a big spark.

I didn't think it was air rushing past the car which causes the static, but something from the rotational motion, E.g. fan belt, cooling fan, possibly the wheels rotating which causes the static.

I know if I wore the wrong shoes at work and walk around on the nylon carpets you could see the spark on to the metal frame of the desk.  Fortunately we used to have static proof areas, so I borrowed one of the earth straps and just touched that before sitting down.

Robin

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