GM S-Series Pick-ups and SUV's 1994-1999 Repair Guide

Handling Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Sensitive Parts


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Fig. Fig. 1: Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) label

  1. Body movement produces an electrostatic charge. To discharge personal static electricity, touch a ground point (metal) on the vehicle. This should be performed any time you:

    slide across the vehicle seat
    sit down or get up
    do any walking

  3. Do not touch any exposed terminals on components or connectors with your fingers or any tools.
  5. Never use jumper wires, ground a terminal on a component, use test equipment on any component or terminal unless instructed to in a diagnosis or testing procedure. When using test equipment, always connect the ground lead first.
  7. If installing a new component, never remove the replacement component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install it.
  9. Always touch the component package to ground before opening it.
  11. Solid state components may also be damaged if the are dropped, bumped, laid on any metal work bench or laid near any components that operate electrically such as a TV, radio, or an oscilloscope.