So uh, if it's from the weather, why has my car done this for a year and half? I think we have had a few weather changes during that time.Originally posted by Ryan'sTc@Jan 1 2006, 02:37 PM
It's from the weather. One way to avoid them is to keep one hand on a metal part on the car while putting one foot on the ground effectively grounding yourself.
perhaps it has something to do with the cloth of the seat.The cause of car-door sparking is well known: contact-electrification between insulating surfaces, followed by separation of those surfaces. But what does this mean? Well, *YOU* are one surface, and THE CAR SEAT is the other. When you sit on a plastic car seat in dry weather, the contact between your clothes and the seat's surface causes the electrical charges within atoms of the material to transfer between the surfaces. This is our old friend "frictional" or "contact" charging. One surface ends up with more negative charges than positive, and has a negative charge-imbalance. The other surface has fewer negatives than positives, so it has a positive imbalance. This is nearly same thing as rubbing a balloon upon your hair: both surfaces become electrically charged. But rather than rubbing just your hair, instead you're rubbing your entire back, but, and legs upon the car seat surface.[/b]
QUOTEHow to prevent this? One possibility: change the surface materials. Identify and avoid the specific clothing which makes the problem worse. These materials are usually wool sweaters and pants, certain manmade fabrics, plastic raincoats, etc. Or, replace your cheap plastic car seatcovers with cloth (stains easily!) or with leather (expensive dead animals.) Another method: mix up some anti-static solution and spray your car seats. This solution remains slightly damp for weeks, which halts the contact-charging process. The formula: a teaspoon of fabric softener mixed in one quart of water. This tends to work well at first, but after days it wears off and needs a re-coating. Another sillier method: always drive barefooted, so the charge will leak away when you step outside the car. Not good in winter! You could cover your car seats with a conductor such as aluminum foil, which screws up the contact-charging effect. Have a tailor make some custom clothing out of black conductive carbon cloth? Or you could eliminate the problem by eliminating your clothes. Skin is fairly conductive, so it doesn't create charge-separation when held against plastic. Driving while nude might cure the sparking problem (unless you are a very hairy person!)[/b]
Driving while nude might cure the sparking problem (unless you are a very hairy person!)[/b]
i guess the short answer is apply an anti-static solution to your seats.Originally posted by anthro@Jan 1 2006, 05:22 AM
Does anyone else get shocked when they exit their TC and touch their door?
I'm just wondering if I can do something to stop it?
Originally posted by moriarty@Jan 1 2006, 04:04 PM
QUOTE... or with leather (expensive dead animals.)
[/b][/quote]Driving while nude might cure the sparking problem (unless you are a very hairy person!)[/b]
I just like insulting people's intelligence... plus, I'm a big geek and I thought that site was funny.Originally posted by basilisk4@Jan 1 2006, 06:06 PM
Um, I don't think he was asking what static electricity is...given that we're all over the age of 6, I'm pretty sure we're all familiar with the concept. I think he was asking why enough static electricity builds up in the body of the tC to cause a shock every time one gets out of the car.
I'm pretty sure it's illegal to drive barefoot.. at least in VA, but I'll have to check on that.Another sillier method: always drive barefooted, so the charge will leak away when you step outside the car. Not good in winter[/b]