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1985-1992 Fleetwood, 1993 Sixty Special, All FWD Forum Discussion, (A little bit) Shocking in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; OK-Here's a question. Parked in the lot at the gym, car idling with the door open (sunny, dry day). Was ...
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    (A little bit) Shocking

    OK-Here's a question. Parked in the lot at the gym, car idling with the door open (sunny, dry day). Was leaning out, tying my shoes when I felt little shocks (VERY slight-like the kind from a 9-volt battery) every time my calves touched the black hard plastic part that covers the door sill. I looked closer and noticed what seems to be rubber weather stripping imbedded in there and that's what I was hitting and what was providing the current. I was never aware of this before and wonder what this is? There is definitely something live there-and in normal use you would never come into contact with it (unless you're in shorts leaning out tying your shoes). So what is it? The system that monitors 'door ajar'? Just curious-and do all Cadillacs have this built-in 'shock therapy' option? (BTW: '99 Deville Concours).

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    Re: (A little bit) Shocking

    Or is this a discharge of current that built up on you has you were tieing your shoes.
    Did you see Myth busters they were blowning up things to prove that cell phone can not cause cars to blow up while filling the tank but static builted up can

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    Re: (A little bit) Shocking

    My fiance and I always got a good shock when leaving the Grand Marquis I had. Esp. when we grab the window frame to shut the door. I always thought it might have been because of the type of shoes I wore, or ? Or the fact that it had several wires going through to the door control panal for power windows, locks, etc. My Caddy is shock free.

    Airbalancer, we had a newspaper article not too long ago about how when we fill up our gas tanks, people should place one hand on some metal on the frame of the car, because supposedly a static spark could ignite the gas tank. I don't know what to believe. I never heard about the cell phone. Hell, my dad would fill up cars with a cigatette in his mouth when he owned a service station in the 1970's LOL! All the mechanics back then I remember smoking right over the car batteries also, and that is supposed to be a no no.

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    Re: (A little bit) Shocking

    Good suggestions-but I tried things again this weekend-and I am not going insane-there IS something there! Anyone else with the same era Deville have an answer-or know of what I'm talking?

    * Had the car idling, music blasting. Thought that it was the vibration of the music providing the 'shock'

    * Until I turned off the music. Still getting a shock. So figured it was the vibration of the engine

    * Until I turned off the engine. So still getting shocks. Figured removing the key would stop everythig

    * Until-that's right, key removed-still something electrical going on.

    It is nothing 'bad', 'annoying' or 'serious'-I ask just out of curiosity. What is it? With the door open, built into the plastic that forms the lower sill-is a strip (running front-to-back) that looks like weather stripping. If you touch this-as I have with bare calves (but you can feel it with your fingers too-) you get a slight shock-like a 9 volt battery. It 'pulsates' or 'buzzes'.

    (Insert theme music from The X-Files here...). Again, I'm not freaking or complaining-I am just simply curious. What purpose does this system serve-door ajar? Security? I am planning on a camera purchase so eventually I'll post a shot of the rubber strip to which I refer.

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    Re: (A little bit) Shocking

    I can't imagine that the shock you are feeling is in any way related to the PROPER function of any system in your car (including the door ajar sensors).

    Normally I'd quickly blame static electricity, but it sounds like this is a constant phenomena, right? You can hold your calf against this stripping and feel the shock the whole time? Does it die out after a while? What about if you touch it with your hand? What about touching it with your hand while NOT touching the ground (as your foot might have been while putting on shoes).

    If it's constant, I'd say maybe you have some wiring loose that's putting a voltage on the body panel of your car. It's possible for this to happen without it causing any real problems. How likely, I'm not sure. Experiment with areas around the stripping you mentioned and see if you feel it there.

    and is it really a rubber stripping? nothing metallic about it?

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