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I get an electrical shock everytime I exit my 911

I've been living with this issue for a while... everytime I get out of my 911 I get a mild shock. Nothing painful but it's pretty damn annoying.

I've discovered that if I touch any metal part of the car as I exit, the I can pretty much eliminate the shock... I guess I'm grounding myself here?

So what gives? Open ground in my car? Do I just have an electrical personality? heh heh I always wear rubber soled sneakers if that matters and have rubber floormats.

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I think it has to do with static electricity and ambient dry conditions.

I'm noticing a lot of this too.....in my winter commute in my daily driver.

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Static electricity and winter, enjoy, most cars will do the same this time of year.
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Hmmm... I never thought of it as seasonal. I can't remember if it was this bad back in the summer.

So it should lessen as the days get warmer, right?
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...moist-er ....

In absolute terms...the relative humidity is much less than the same "relative" humidity ( number) at warmer conditions....

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If you are moving to Vegas, it is going to continue, or even get worse. The low humidity and the materials in the seats, carpet, and what you are wearing are at fault.

Grounding on a metal spot as you exit will do it. Rubber soles enable the build-up of static.

Find a product that eliminates static build up, usually in a spray can, blue can with bright orange label. Sorry, can't think of the name. Spray it on the carpet lightly.

I also use the steel key as a grounding point. Grip it tightly, and use the tip of the key to allow the charge to go to metal. On entry and getting out.

Makes quite a spark at nighttime.
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Cool! I was afraid that there was something wrong with the 911!!

I've heard that this build up of static electricity is the cause of gas pump fires if you don't discharge it and it contacts the gas fumes as you pump... as opposed to the cellphone myth.

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How 'bout those long rubber strips you attach to the car and have them drag on the ground?...like the "old folks" use on their cars...reflectors and all !!

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Happens with almost all cars. Here is my trick, when you get out of the car and stand up, tap the edge of the doorsill with your leg through your long pants - the spark will disipate slowly and won't hurt.

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I use a little bit of fabric softener mixed with water. Lightly spray some on the floor mats and carpet near the door opening and that should lessen the shocks or eliminate them completely.
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Interesting idea, Art! And my 911 will smell fresh and clean.
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As long as you are touching a metal part as you exit, you won't get shocked. Same thing happens to me as I exit so I hold the door frame as I get out.. No more shocks.
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I get one every time I floor it. Must be a malfunction in the Steve W. chip!
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You mean you get out of car? Gotta go, gotta shift...
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If for some reason you do not discharge the static then go to fill a gas container you can put yourself in danger of explosion, but usually by the time you finally a filling you have discharged the static electricity, but to answer your earlier question yes it can potentially be a problem.

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Wayne, I prefer not to discharge the spark thru my leg, or anything close to it, haha.
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This is definitely a case of the Fun Meter pegging out and causing a short in the big nut behind the wheel. Happens to me all the time.
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You need to ground yourself. I recommend a wire with an alligator clip you can attach to your ear lobe while driving.
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You need to ground yourself. I recommend a wire with an alligator clip you can attach to your ear lobe while driving.
ROFLMAO!!!

I lived in Vegas for a year and I remember this time of year was really bad for static electricty. It got to where I was always carrying a key in my hand to touch metal rather than get shocked.

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