ZAP! ION is an electrifying experience

Discussion in 'Saturn ION' started by marx404, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. marx404

    marx404 Guest

    My '07 ION (and others I have tried) are an electrifying experience. If one
    doesn't ground themselves out (by touching something metal and the ground at
    the same time) before getting out of the car, ZAP! you get electrostatic
    I'm worried about blowing up a gas station or shorting out something
    electric, say like my MP3 player or someone's pacemaker, lol or worse
    blowing up a gas station pump.

    Any ideas of how to discharge this static build up or is this just part of
    ION's charm?
    marx404, Jul 31, 2007
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  2. marx404

    BläBlä Guest

    Nothing to do with the car, everything to do with the enviroment.

    Dont touch the car, ground the door key to your finger as you insert it
    into the keyhole.
    BläBlä, Aug 1, 2007
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  3. marx404

    marx404 Guest

    to requote myself "before getting out of the car" - ergo, putting the key
    into the keyhole when I'm still in the car would be a lovely feat but none
    too useful. Its only on exit....

    It's when I have exited the car, I have basically isolated the static build
    up to the seats. I exit the car and whatever I touch the first time out,
    ZAP! Just like said in the first paragraph in the OP.

    I get out of the car and if I don't ground on the frame 1st, anything I
    touch gets ZAPped! Much fun if my little brother is nearby, not much fun
    when it's me getting zapped.
    marx404, Aug 1, 2007
  4. marx404

    Guest Guest

    Maybe it's you electrifying personality!

    Actually, this happens to me and it doesn't matter if it's my '06 Vue or my
    F150 Lariat (my baby), but really for the most part it doesn't happen to me
    really except for the winter, when the air is drier around the NE. Anyway,
    get into the habit after you open the door of the car to grab/touch the
    roof/upper door frame as you exit....

    Guest, Aug 1, 2007
  5. marx404

    BläBlä Guest

    Er dammit marx your post always has those hidden lines. It must be that
    car dealer mentality bleeding through. Ok so take one of your keys and
    touch what ever part it is zapping you. Same principle applies.
    BläBlä, Aug 1, 2007
  6. marx404

    D&SW Guest

    Periodically spray your seats with ClineFree or faric softener mixed with
    Hold on to the metal door frame as you slide out of the seat.
    D&SW, Aug 3, 2007
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    Talkin Horse Guest

    Make a habit of wetting your pants before you exit the car. The electrolytes
    in the urine will improve regional conductivity, thus distributing the
    charge so there's no single painful hot spot.

    Alternatively, prior to getting into the driver's seat, remove your tinfoil
    hat and use it for a seat cushion. Remember to ground it before putting it
    back on your head.

    Hope this helps.
    Talkin Horse, Aug 6, 2007
  8. Don't wear cotton?
    HyperCube33 \(Life2Death\), Aug 14, 2007
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    Oppie Guest

    I get it all the time regardless of what I'm wearing and when the humidity
    is less than 70% on my lw300. It's gotten to the point where I grab metal
    and hold on before sliding out of the driver's seat. Either that or get out
    and slap the door frame to drain the static electicity.

    When I get gas, I make it a practice to hold the fuel nozzle (by the handle)
    in one hand and then touch metal on the car. So far, there is never a spark
    but I don't take chances of making the electrical connection by placing the
    nozzle directly in the fuel fill where vapors exist. Remember that it's
    getting harder and harder to find a metal ground point on cars now that so
    much of the body is plastic.

    Tired rubbing a dryer sheet on the seats to reduce the static electicity and
    it did help somewhat.
    Oppie, Aug 14, 2007
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