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Hi all,

Everytime I get out of my 2000 EX, I get a static shock. Its irritating me to the point its taking out some of the enjoyment of driving my van. I live in the San Francisco Bay area where it can get cold and dry. Is anybody else experiencing this? Help!
 

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Same here.

Try mixing up a solution of 1 part liquid fabric softener to 10 parts water. Lightly mist it onto the seats. No need to saturate the seats with it.

There was a problem with static in the Lincoln Mark VII and that was a tip that Lincoln handed out at the dealer.
 

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I have the same problem in mine. My wife talks about it all the time. Glad to see I'm not alone. Thanks for the tips.

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i also had a static problem for the first six months of ownership. the problem went away mysteriously. i did read on epinions.com about a fire caused at a gas station because of the static problem.


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Thanks for the suggestions
. I now keep a can of static guard inside the van plus I rubbed the seats with fabric softener sheets. It seems to be working. I don't know why Honda didn't offer a leather package anyway.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by fordsdad:
i did read on epinions.com about a fire caused at a gas station because of the static problem.
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That e-pinions story sounded like an extremely rare fluke which could happen on any vehicle. Of couse, an irrational owner blamed it on the van. Like most of these strange incidents, the "facts" are often vague recollections of how things happened.

Accidents do happen. It's not always someone else's fault, despite what our society seems to teach.
 

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Accidents do happen. It's not always someone else's fault, despite what our society seems to teach.[/B][/QUOTE]

AMEN! Well said.
 

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yes, the owner of that van did sound a little over the top after his experience. i would not want to be the service advisor dealing with him after that episode.
 

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The static problem is common in the winter with many vehicles and is not specific to the Odyssey. I have a Chev Tahoe that will darn near leave you in tears from the "zap" you get when climbing out of the thing.


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Ditto on this not being just an Ody problem. My F150--and every other vehicle I remember--had this problem as well.

Funny, I remember a friend's Mazda NSX back in the first half of the '90s that had "touch here" rubber buttons on each door panel. If you touched them before stepping out, you wouldnt' get zapped . . or something to that effect. Any one else remeber these? Perhaps it was common on Mazda during that time.
 

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This is a common occurrence with any vehicle when the weather is cold and dry. Try this: When you get out of the van, be careful not to touch any metal on the van. With a key in hand, touch the key to the door latch. That should discharge the static without you actually experiencing a shock. (I've drawn sparks 1/2" long!)

Note: I would not recommend using any Honda key with an electronic signature since the signature may be sensitive to the static.

<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Gandalf:
Hi all,

Everytime I get out of my 2000 EX, I get a static shock. Its irritating me to the point its taking out some of the enjoyment of driving my van. I live in the San Francisco Bay area where it can get cold and dry. Is anybody else experiencing this? Help!
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Originally posted by Gandalf:
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I have a '99 Ody and continually get shocked. It is very annoying. Have had numerous other problems - many times in the shop and now they need to replace the transmission!!! Looking to trade in for a 2001 model - is this a mistake?? Hoping they worked out many of the problems. Think I will still get shocked?
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by cjjacobs:
Originally posted by Gandalf:
Hi all,

By the way, anyone out there have a 2001 Odyssey and still experiencing static shock problems or have these been fixed???
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Static shock is common across all the cars I've owned, but in the Ody it does seem to pack a little extra punch.

I tried the key thing, but I still felt the shock. Anyone have any quick tricks, short of rubbing every thing down with a Bounce dryer sheet?


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[This message has been edited by gram_parsons (edited 03-27-2001).]
 

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Pretty lo-tech, Gram, but fairly straightforward. As you exit your vehicle, put your hand on the outside metal surface before you put your feet on the ground. I got many zaps from my Oddy before I started doing this.

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Hi all,
New here, I pick up our new van tomorrow. On the static issue, I believe it is the tires. In fact, I remember Honda had a problem with this a couple years ago on the Accord. New economy-type tires are designed for as little rolling resistance and highest mileage as possible, which requires high amounts of carbon black. This insulates the car from ground and as it moves through the air it develops a charge. When you step out.. zap. You tend to not see this problem on cars with tires that are not designed for low rolling resistance and high mileage (sports cars, off-road tires, etc). Disclaimer: I'm not an electrician!
 
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