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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old May 2nd, 05, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Shocking Shifter

Anyone have an idea of what would cause a small tingling shock on your hand while honking the horn and holding the shifter on a 69' Z28. Don't know how long this has been going on cause I usually never honk and shift at the same time. My wheel is a rosewood 3 spoke OEM from classic industries and everything else is stock.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old May 2nd, 05, 05:49 PM
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Re: Shocking Shifter

Your body is becoming the path of least resistance. Every once in a while I will grab a 12V wire behind the dash of a car and have my elbow resting on the shifter mount or something else metal and I can feel a very slight tingling sensation. Some poeple are more sensitive than others.
Since normally the horn wire on the steering wheel connects a ground for the horn relay you may double check to see that the column is grounded good through the mounting bolts under the dash. I have seen some cars with ground straps on the steering coupler (rag) joint.
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Re: Shocking Shifter

if your horn button is metal, it may well be floating at 12v when you are not blowing the horn





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Re: Shocking Shifter

The ground circuit from the horn button to the horn relay goes through the rag joint, either through a copper strap between the upper and lower flanges or through a copper mesh embedded in the carcass disc. If that ground path has deteriorated, the horn button will ground through the next best ground path, which is through you to the shifter lever. Put a jumper wire between the upper and lower flanges on the rag joint and see if it still does the same thing.

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