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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-23-2005, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Static Electricity Build Up

I've owned a bunch of cars over the years -- and never had a problem with dust sticking to the exterior surface of any of them like it's sticking to the GTO. I'll wash the car -- and six miles later on clean city streets -- it's completely covered in dust. I've noticed that there's a lot of static electricity building up while working on the car -- to the point where the hair on my legs stands up when standing next to the car while drying it off. I use the same processes on my wife's car -- and nothing happens. Any ideas? Appreciate the help.
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Drag a grounding strap?

Ahem.

Hadn't noticed the problem, personally...and I live where it's oftem dry & dusty (primo static / dust problem conditions). Sounds pretty weird.
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I have noticed the same thing with my Goat, May be it makes it a little faster, less friction
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Need these.

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Think it might be a weak/loose ground somewhere? I'm taking it to the dealer next week -- as the gas cap broke after a fill up -- and will ask them about it...
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Think it might be a weak/loose ground somewhere? I'm taking it to the dealer next week -- as the gas cap broke after a fill up -- and will ask them about it...
Nah...that's not it... I was kidding about the grounding strap.

I had an old E30 BMW 325es that would build up a gnarly potential charge, and shock the living crap out of me as I climbed in or out. Was weird.

Shrug.
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It's funny, was just gabbing with my Dad, a retired EE and ME -- and he threw out the grounding strap as a joke, too. You guys are all alike!

What's really goofy about this is that I'm getting areas that really suck the dust up -- so the car has these dark dust blotches on it from the B pillar back. Never in the same areas or anything.

Oh, well. Maybe I'll hit it with some more Meguiar's #7 while watching the Indy 500 and see if another coat of that makes any difference.

Groucho, you ever head over to Edwards for their air shows? I'm missed their 50th anniversary a few years ago -- the one where a Blackbird did a supersonic pass...
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Groucho, you ever head over to Edwards for their air shows? I'm missed their 50th anniversary a few years ago -- the one where a Blackbird did a supersonic pass...

LOL about the grounding straps.

Yeah...I used to go every year...but since 9/11 the security is so tight the ingress/egress onto base sucks. Took me like 2-1/2 hours in heavy traffic to crawl the 7 miles or so from west gate to the ramp...crap, that.
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The static electricity probably has something to do with the aerodynamics of the car causing just the right turbulance and distortion. My 71 cutlass did the same thing, but non of the rest of my cars ever did.
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C-5s are as bad or worse.

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