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    Default 2005 Vectra with 225/55/R17 tyres fitted?

    Hi everyone.

    Can someone please give me some advice. I recently purchased a 2005 Vectra 2.2i Design and later noticed that the tyres fitted are size 225/55/R17. Also I get a droning noise driving over 30mph, could that be because of the tyres, and I also feel like there is something connecting with the underside of the car, I can feel it through the pedal.

    Not sure if they are connected but the car does not feel right, they could be two seperate issues. If I drive with the window open I can sometimes here like a faint metal grinding sound. I could have bought myself a lemon.

    Thanks in advance.

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    What make are the tyres and how much tread have they left on them? Some tyres are more noisey then others??

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    Might sound silly. But has all the tyres been balanced. I had something similar with mine. I could feel a slight vibration through the accelerator pedal. And there was a strange noise coming from underneath. Someone suggested the drive shaft. But my mechanic took it for a spin. And said it was balancing. He balanced all 4 tyres and now the car drives spot on. The reason why i didnt suspect it was the tyres, was because i had new ones fitted and had a 4 wheel alignment done at a well known tyre company. And you'd think they would have done it right. But according to my mechanic they had put the weights on wrong?

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    225/55 is the wrong size, the circumference is too big. They should either be 215/50 or 225/45.

    As for the droning noise, the most common cause is uneven wear on the inside edges of the rear tyres - this should be visible to the naked eye.

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    And the slight Metallic sound will probably be be of the exhaust heat shields come loose and vibrating

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    There is actually nothing wrong with 225/55R17 tyres, providing the speedometer has been reset for that tyre size (from memory this profile is not within the range as standard, but can be added)

    What has probably happened is the previous owner did not like the "skinny" look of 225/45R17 tyres in the arches and went for wider tyres, without the consequences
    Alternatively, it may have been for MoT purposes, and simply fitted what was the cheapest and readily available
    Equally, there isn't much difference in price, when you compare this against these together

    As above, how much tread is left?
    The droning noise suggests these have not been rotated
    However, with such a large tyre "foot print", this most likely the cause (combined with the above)

    Personally, I would wear the front tyres out, then replace all four at the same time, and start from scratch
    Most of us swap to the 225/45R17 as there is more choice, but would have had 215/50R17 at OE as these are more forgiving (comfortable)

    Finally, I assume the alloy wheels are OE Vauxhall, and not something else?

    As the banging noise, one of the first things I do when I buy any VX is remove the heatshield bolts and insert a large washer
    This is a very poor design element and has never been corrected (cough, future money maker for dealerdships)

    However, the OP is advising of a grinding noise...
    This should be easy enough to diagnose on a rolling road
    It could just simply be the brake pads, if the previous owner couldn't even get the tyres right (says it all really)
    How did you purchase the car?
    If from a garage, take it back to them
    Point out all the errors / issues
    For the tyres, show them the rear section of the handbook, as this will confirm the WRONG tyres have been fitted
    If private, then ask a local garage to look at the noise, and pass £20 over their palm
    Last edited by m8internet; 11th March 2012 at 12:16.

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    Default Apologies, the tyres are 215/55/R16.

    Many thanks for all the replies, I purchased the car privately. There seems to be a lot of things I need to check out in the next few days. Sometimes it does feel like the driveshaft or even the gearbox grinding.

    My sincerere apologies, I made an error in my very first post to this forum. The tyres are 215/55/R16, I had 225 in my head for some reason and they are not even 17 inch. Sorry.
    Looks like these are a definate no no.

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    215/55R16 is correct
    This would probably also be correct for the Design trim level on a 2005MY

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