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#199 of 209 Re: 2010 Elantra Static Electricity problem... [gimmestdtranny]
Jan 30, 2011 (10:52 am)
Thanks for taking the time to reply to my posting. Your suggestions are really good. I have tried the moisturizer both ways and didn't have very good results with that. I also have tried seat cover, which I through away because I thought they were the problem. I haven't ever had this problem with any cars that I have owned before. This one seems to be different for some reason. I'm not doing anything different than I did before I got this car. I have tried many many things so far and don't get very good results and it just absolutely drives me crazy driving down the road feeling all the static around me. I have even went as far as buying a new washer and dryer, thinking maybe mine wasn't doing it's job. I use 3 different static products plus the spray. The spray takes it away a little. I do not have an issue in my house with static, only when I get into my car. My hair is fine but I haven't had this issue in the past. Hyundai will not use the grd straps because they say it will make the car more susceptible to lighting hitting the car and frying the computer system. If I could just tame the static problem then the car would be great. I haven't had any other issues out of the car. But if I can't figure out how to solve this problem, I will soon be parking my 3 month old car for good and will be driving something different. Even if it is an older car. The static absolutely drives me bonkers to the point where I am ready to park this car. I shouldn't have too but it may be my only option until I can get these seats recovered. I do have a lady I am gonna talk to Monday about possibly recovering my seats but this angers me because if I would have known then I would have simply bought one with Leather seats. I believe it's a defect of the materials that Hyundai used for the seats. If I wanted a car that I was gonna have to customize it surely wouldn't have been an Elantra. I could have thought of many better cars for that....... I appreciate any and all feed back
#200 of 209 Re: 2010 Elantra Static Electricity problem... [dakotandante]
Jan 30, 2011 (11:53 am)
Your case has sorta piqued my interest as I hate getting stumped on something that there may be a logical explanation for, so I posted this question here:
Mr_Shiftright, "Got a Quick, Technical Question?" #, 28 Dec 2003 2:14 pm
Let's keep an eye on that thread in case we get some good info that might help.
I'm posting the link so you may subscribe to that forum if you wish.
#201 of 209 Re: 2010 Elantra Static Electricity problem... [dakotandante]
Jan 31, 2011 (7:54 am)
Here's my 20+ year old tip for making your own anti-static spray: Put 1 ounce of liquid fabric softener into a 1 quart spray bottle. Add tap water to top it off. Spray seats as necessary. Bonus points for getting an interior that always smells good.
I had a '93 Mazda MX-3 that had a plastic button on the door labeled "touch". All it did was discharge your static without shocking.
You might also look into anti-static floor mats as an alternative. I don't know of any that are marketed as such, though. Premium mats like WeatherTech don't mention it, though being made of a form of rubber they may help.
#202 of 209 Re: 2010 Elantra Static Electricity problem... [fushigi]
Jan 31, 2011 (10:40 pm)
I am the one whom is having the issue with static electricity in my 2010 Elantra. I have been reading all of your post and wanted to say Thank you for all the help everyone is trying to provide. Seems like a really great forum and very helpful at that.
Well to start off, I live in Dallas/Ft Worth area in Texas. I know that sliding across the seats also to a certain extent would normally build up static and I get in and out of my car all day long as I work in Hospice going from house to house. I do realize this does not help any at all. I have tried many many things to help eliminate the static.
It was suggested in the beginning that my shoes may be causing the problem so I switched to another pair and that did not seem to help much at all. I have tried spraying the static spray on my seats as well and it tamed but not gone by no means. I have tried the dryer sheets under the seats and carrying a whole box in my car with little success as well. I tried flipping my floor mats to the rubber side and that did nothing at all. I have tried the moisturizer on my skin and nothing. I have tried a deep moisturizer in my hair and nothing. I have went out and bought a brand new washer and dryer, thinking maybe that was the issue. I use 3 different things for static for my clothes now but it doesn't help. I have used seat covers as well. The problem is not only with my seat but the whole car on the inside. Front seats and back seats. My daughters hair normally sticks up the whole time she is in my car. My mother, which has long beautiful very thick healthy hair, not saying mine is unhealthy but it is very fine. My daughters hair is the same as my mothers and not fine. The problem isn't only with being shocked here and there. You can feel static all around your body like your inside some invisible force. Sounds kinda weird but it's the only way I know how to explain it. If it were me or my shoes then is shouldn't affect anyone else the way it does. I have never had such an issue with any other vehicle. I can't be the only one that is having this issue. I love the car other than this issue and haven't had any other issues except a bulb burning out. Also the it seems to shock others when I am now where around the car. It has shocked my husband and two different people trying to find and fix this issue at the dealership. I am so fed up with this issue I even had them appraise the car so I could trade the car in on another one and of course the dealership offered me only 10.5 on a car that I owe 14.7 on. We are betting it's more of a combination of the cheap materials used for the seats and some electrical device in the car where they took the cheap way out on the properly shielding the wire.
I can try the homemade remedy of the static spray and see if that helps.....Wish me luck
#203 of 209 Re: 2010 Elantra Static Electricity problem... [dakotandante]
Feb 01, 2011 (9:02 am)
This looks like more than a normal case of static buildup. I've driven several Elantras of this generation and had nothing like this happen, i.e. "static all around your body".
Here is something to try, to see if the problem is something special to your car or a general issue with 2010 Elantras: either find a 2010 Elantra on a dealer lot (should be possible to find one, new or used) or a 2010 Elantra at a rental car agency e.g. Hertz. And drive it for awhile... on day when you notice the static problem on your car (which seems to be EVERY day). If you notice the same static behavior on the other car, you can rule out some specific problem on your car. And you can decide if you want to live with your car as it is, or not. But if the other car is different, then the dealer can investigate further as to why your car behaves that way when other 2010 Elantras do not.
#204 of 209 Re: 2010 Elantra Static Electricity problem... [backy]
Feb 01, 2011 (1:10 pm)
Agreed this is sounding rather abnormal. Makes me wonder if there's an internal ground (not a ground strap that literally goes to the ground but a grounding connection that goes to the frame) that's not connected properly.
I'll second Backy's suggestion to drive another '10 Elantra to see if the problem follows you. It's good, basic troubleshooting to narrow down the source of a problem. If you have the static problem in a different Elantra then the problem is either all Elantras or something on your person. If it doesn't happen in a different Elantra then the problem is most definitely something in your car.
#205 of 209 Typically tires
Mar 30, 2011 (10:26 am)
Static build up is typically from the tires. If they have grounded your seats, but have not installed a proper grounding strap from the frame to the ground, it will actually INCREASE the static in the car. I would try one of two things: Take your car to a local shop and ask them to install a grounding strap or replace all four tires with something different than what you currently have on the car. Given the costs, I would try a couple grounding straps first.
Best of luck!
#206 of 209 Re: Can a broken break switch speed up the car? [thadson]
Jan 08, 2013 (8:12 am)
This happened to me yesterday. I have a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. As I was merging onto the highway I stepped on the gas peddle and then my car just took off on its own I felt the engine speeding up. I tried to step on the brake but it wouldn't go down it was like the brake was stuck and I had absolutely no control over stopping my car and it seemed to speed up on its own. Thankfully there was no traffic on the highway and eventually after about two minutes this finally stopped and I resumed control over my car. Very scary.
#207 of 209 Re: Can a broken break switch speed up the car? [danaschanke]
Jan 08, 2013 (8:46 am)
Brakes can ALWAYS over come engine power if applied before they get hot (brake fade), or at least with cars such as yours which is not a high performance car with gobs of extra hp and torque. But with what happened to you, apply HARD in this situation within a second or two of realizing you have a hard pedal. Reasons for a hard pedal are few, especially when you factor in whatever the reason for the runaway accelerator pedal. But the probable reason is that brakes use vacuum assist on your car. When the engine is revved quite high, vacuum availibility is low. But in your case, it would seem that you also have a leak in your power brake booster, which allows it to lose a normal reserve of vacuum. Usually you would have still had initial strong vacuum assist from before, providing you didn't pump it away. Just apply the brakes and hold them until you safely pull the car down to a stop, and then turn the key to off..as in off to turn engine off, but not off as in all the way to lock if you are still moving, as that would also lock your steering.
So in your case, you have two things or more going on here. The high rev throttle and a vacuum brake assist leak. Does your car have cruise control?
I won't get into stability control and all that that can entail in trouble shooting your particular scene here, but i don't think your car has SC..so is moot at this time anyway.
But, remember, you still had brakes, but you would have had to push WAY WAY WAY harder than you are accustomed to when you have vacuum assist provided by normal engine RPM's even tho it seems you have a leak.
#208 of 209 Static issue
Jan 08, 2013 (4:21 pm)
why don't you just spray your cloth seats with static guard?