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My friend and I we're having a conversation yesterday, and since neither of us are experts in Electronics, I wanted to run a question by you guys. I believe that the various electrical components of a car (entertainment, lights, gps, etc. ) are grounded on the chasis. If a live wire with high current were to accidentally hit the car, like say from a pole, how would it affect the electronics? Will they get damaged, burned or what, and  on that note does the body of the car even conduct electricity? Could someone explain? thank you!

  • mrtibbs Novice 13 posts since
    May 21, 2014
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    May 21, 2014 8:52 PM (in response to Riley)
    Transient Current

    Your car is electiraclly conductive because the chassis is ground.  Electricity will go from the highest potential to the lowest potential, thusly the car will conduct the current from the live wire.


    If the car is designed properly the current should bypass the internal components and be disapated in the earth.


    If for some reason the car is not design properly, and the current were to pass beyond the chassis, magic smoke will come from your car. . .

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