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Old 02-29-2004, 01:08 AM
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Ground Problem?

Lately, when I turn off the engine and get out of my truck, I get a shock touching the door jam.

Does this mean I have a bad ground somewhere?

How do I FIND it???

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Old 02-29-2004, 01:12 AM
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that sounds like static electricity Alan....
power windows or no? power anything to the doors?
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Quit rubbing your feet on the carpet.

Seriously, this is a common problem. You need a ground strap to the ground. You can get on at an auto parts store. Hang it underneath where it can't be seen. Either that, or live with it.
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Yep...that's it. Static straps and Curb feelers!!! One thing that can also cause it, is the type of shoe you wear. If the sole of the shoe is nylon based it will build up static. Different shoes do make a difference. And if you are getting static, make sure you discharge before filling up. Not so much in the winter but in the summer when the fuel vapors can carry. Once you start filling up do not get back in the vehicle. Just sliding on and off the seat can build up a static charge.

http://www.speedway.com/AboutUs/Prod...res.asp?bhcp=1

http://www.fluidpowersafety.com/sfty_trvl2.html

http://www.truthminers.com/truth/static_electricity.htm

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Old 02-29-2004, 04:52 PM
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Hahaha! Static it is!

No power anything in the doors, Larry ... but I just put two new rug-floor mats in, and the souls of my shoes are vinyl.

Ground straps and curb feelers will be on the truck tomorrow!

I sure am glad to hear it's not a bad ground or electrical problem!!!

THANKS, all!

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Alan, one thing I do when I drive my wifes Tahoe (which shocks the cr#@ out of me) before I slide from the seat I grab something metal. Even placing you hand on a door jamb before you start to slide out of the seat will work. I think it's the action of sliding off the seat that generates the charge.

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Yup, floor mats and dry air! Have alot of that in winter here even on factory cars!!STATIC. How's it going Alan?? Been workn on the 36 3 window. Bought a sew machine and doing the interior now will try and attach pics. Ray
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Hey, Ray

Cool deal! You got the sewing machine in progress, eh? I can't wait to see pics, bro' -- keep me posted.

I'm putting a new Wilson Z-Cool rad in the truck ... hopefully this week -- next week the latest ... so I can blast the AC all Summer long.


Next, it'll be a pair of Lincoln power seats ... and then I'll need to borrow that sewing machine of yours -- sure wish you lived close by!

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Yo!

I can't find anybody that sells static straps!!! Most of the guys didn't even know what I was talking about ... "Oh! THOSE! We haven't sold them things in years!"

Great.

One guy told me, "All it is, is a rubber strap that goes from the frame down to the ground. Go to home depot and buy some rubber squeegee replacements." Is that right??? I don't get it ... how would a piece of rubber do anything? Would that work?

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Check this out...

http://www.cyclessentials.com/static_strap.html
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Thanks, man.

I wonder if 12 inches is long enough? I guess it doesn't really matter where you attach these to the frame, right? Front; rear; what's the difference as long as it's attached to the frame and touches the ground?

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Alan, posted pics in album, under 36 ford. Have a good one, Ray
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Allen,

Check out that website again... 12" for scooters, 18" for everything else. Seems like folks usually attach these things to some unsprung part in the rear.

Checked out your website. Pretty cool.

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HEY HORVATH: We sell industrial static neutralizers. Do not waste you time with ground straps from car to ground because static electricty does not flow, thus the word static. Use some of your wife's fabric softner & water in a spray bottle and treat the carpet. The fabric softner will help neutralize the charge that is being generated from motion on the plastic fibers in carpet....DAVE
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Dave E Shank,

Static Electricity does not flow???? Wow, gonna have to disagree with you on that one!
If we had all settled on the more accurate term "imbalanced electricity" there probably would not be so much confusion about this phenomonon. For example, the buildup of charge distributions in a thundercloud or on a person walking along a hotel corridor are dynamic processes, but when you experience the possible resulting discharges they can hardly be called static.
So much for theory... OK Allen, its up to you, install that ground strap and lets see just how "static" "static electriciy" is!

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