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Hi all, 


Picked up another legacy that doesn't have Leather interior, and every time I get out of the car I get a hell of a static shock. Never had the issue with the leather interior of the same model that I had for 3 years, and I don't have the issue on the mrs bmw with leather interior. 


I've tried holding the metal frame when getting out of the car, but I am still getting shocked. What can I do to prevent the shocks at all, earth the car somehow? Get different tyres? I'm at a loss as I've never had this issue on any of my 7 previous subarus. 

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There are rubber with conducting strips grounding straps that you can bolt to the bottom of the car.


The cause is your clothing and seat covering.
Man made fibres are great at generating static.

And woven materials are better still like seat covers or jerseys.  

Natural fibres are not as good so your leather seats have been saving you. 


Easy test they do in schools.
get a plastic ruler and small scrap of paper. put the paper on the ground. Run the ruler across the material a few time quickly and hold it near the paper. 
the paper will be attracted to the ruler and stick with the static charge. 

I bet your clothes and new seats work really well at building a static charge. 

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Awesome will look into this, even just reversing up the drive generates a shock so I was at a loss. 

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