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Re: Static shock

In a message dated 12/19/98 Wolff <quattro200@earthlink.net> writes:

<< You car is not grounded. Rubber tires are very insulative. I have heard
that some tire makers have begun adding conductors to the tires to cut down on
static electricity buildup, but I don't know which ones have that feature. >>

Every cloth interior Audi I have owned does this to some degree...the '88 80q
being by far the worst. I always closed that car's door touching only the
window glass--it was a real zapper. The static electricity is generated by the
cloth interior materials and your clothing. Despite some folks dislike of
leather seats, they are the best answer to this problem.

The tires which are conductive are also the same ones which offer crappy grip
and super-long life. (I believe they add silicone to the compound for extra
tread life.) I suppose one could install static drain ribbons (like you see on
UPS trucks and the like) as an alternative. HTH

Mike Veglia
87 5kcstq