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Ouch... 92 cb3 zapping me

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    Ouch... 92 cb3 zapping me

    Think Betty's having a word about the EV era...

    Since a few months, I've become zapped once in a while after driving the CB3. Not often enough to worry; at least not until spring arrived. This weekend it was time to sort some storage, and she has now decided to increase the zapitude to one rather painful war. Just got a big, loud one half an inch away from the driver’s door lock. Still (although barely) feel it an hour later...

    The problem is likely around the ignition keyhole. Zaps occur while locking the car after driving it. Even after removing the battery negative, discharging the key, reinserting and into the door lock, it still zaps (only tried once, perhaps another time would have "drained" whatever power was transferred to the ignition). Interior bits like door handles and handbrake are always fine to the touch.


    All help appreciated
    Last edited by q4rspwn; 04-19-2021, 01:47 PM.

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    Sounds like a ground has snapped. Check the big grounds. Trans to frame, valve cover to power steering to driver side mount. Check the battery to frame ground.
    ~Nick~
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      #3
      I mean if you're talking static electricity then that's normal But if you're talking a electrical then it's going to be a ground and maybe a ground for the door, or worst case is that a voltage wire is rubbed through and touching the body. But if that were the case something would probably not be working.

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        Originally posted by Raf99 View Post
        I mean if you're talking static electricity then that's normal ​ But if you're talking a electrical then it's going to be a ground and maybe a ground for the door, or worst case is that a voltage wire is rubbed through and touching the body. But if that were the case something would probably not be working.
        Originally posted by Grumpys93 View Post
        Sounds like a ground has snapped. Check the big grounds. Trans to frame, valve cover to power steering to driver side mount. Check the battery to frame ground.
        Thanks and sorry for a delayed reply! Spent a while troubleshooting. Battery sounded like a good hint - I always remove the ground after the weekly wash, and initially suspected a loose ground as the root of the problem.

        It, however, didn't work. Neither did removing every unnecessary fuse, including even the spares. Not until the battery was completely disconnected and it still kept zapping, I googled more generally, and found that driving with the wrong shoes (!) could be a problem. So I swapped the jogging shoes for sneakers, and actually - only one zap in 15 rides now.

        Kinda amazing how simple things can be

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          Ya, so this is a static electricity shock, which does happen in our cars due to the "carpet" like material on the seats, floor, etc. You drag your feet, move your legs to the side and touch something metal and yep.
          I think I got in the habbit decades ago of not doing so much rubbing while exiting the car. Just kind of pivot as much as needed and lift up. Put a piece of plastic on your seat and floor and use the car. Bet you'll never have the issue.

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