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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?
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Yes, every time. What you can do to stop it is touch your car with your sleeve or side first, instead of with your hand.
 

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never, not once. but lance was having that problem not too long ago.
nevermind, that was when we were pulling the gearbox from his supra. the supra was shocking him.
 

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I always just assumed it was because my car is so hot that it needed to shock me back to reality. There is no known cure for reality.
 

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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.
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.
 

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no marty, its the weather. dont argue.

"keep going well, keep going your mom."
 

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I notice it as well. And only in the tC. When I drive my Matrix, I never have the issue.
 

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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.
 

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the cause, and cure for static in cars.

this doesn't just happen with the tC. I know it is hard to believe.

the above link will clear this all up for you.

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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]
perhaps it has something to do with the cloth of the seat.

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How 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]
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Driving while nude might cure the sparking problem (unless you are a very hairy person!)[/b]



"THE CONTROL OF BODY VOLTAGE GETTING OUT OF A CAR"
 

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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?
Thanks
i guess the short answer is apply an anti-static solution to your seats.
or stop moving around when you drive.
use a key or something to ground yourself.


or, my favorite, drive naked.
 

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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 just like insulting people's intelligence... plus, I'm a big geek and I thought that site was funny.
It's like watching Bill Nye the Science Guy!

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Another sillier method: always drive barefooted, so the charge will leak away when you step outside the car. Not good in winter[/b]
I'm pretty sure it's illegal to drive barefoot.. at least in VA, but I'll have to check on that.


By the way, I figured it might be the floormats since some people are affected and others aren't.

I also tried to think of some lame joke about Scion-ce, but... yeah, I guess not.
 
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