On topic: Serious static problem

From: R. Stricklin <red_at_bears.org>
Date: Fri Dec 4 18:13:36 1998

On Fri, 4 Dec 1998, Aaron Christopher Finney wrote:

> This is giving me fits. There's something strange with my minivan, that it
> generates a *ton* of static electricity whenever I drive even a few
> [...]
> Does anyone know what could be causing this?

Silicon based rubber in the tires. New vehicles have less carbon in the
rubber and thus the tires are more insulative. This was done in the
interest of reducing rolling friction and increasing fuel economy. What
you should do is get one of those automotive grounding straps from an auto
supply store, and this should do the trick. you've probably seen cars
around that have that black thing hanging from the rear bumper.. that's
what it is.

I learned this on Car Talk, on NPR. Those two guys are a riot.

Received on Fri Dec 04 1998 - 18:13:36 GMT

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