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    Hi folks i need a wee bit of advice, ill give yous the whole picture first....
    our vec c 55 plate has just had both rear bearings replaced yet we still have that annoying droning sound, sounds if its coming from the back, i hope its not considering both bearings were brand new from a parts dealer. My fiance jacked the car up and had a feel at the front wheels and the front driver side has play side to side on it. And the steering doesnt feel right, i had to brake suddenly/hard the other day and the wheel jerked to the right.

    Do yous think that one of the back bearings could have been damaged while being fitted or could it be the front one due to the play and its just playing mind games with us making it sound from the back? Is this even possible? Any knowledge or experience of this that yous have would be a great help. Dont want to storm into that parts dealer and accuse them of giving me duff parts and its actually the front

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    Silly question but have you looked at your rear tyres, are they feathered? Vec's are notorious for poor wheel alignment which causes droning from the rear. Had same prob with mine last year.

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    Both rear tyres tread and wear are in good condition, both new in last 6 months. However they are budget ones, some people have said it could be tyre noise but its definately a droning more than tyre noise.

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    Have a read of the poll results in my thread here:

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...heels-to-Drone

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    WOW!! I didnt think it was my bearing cos as i say they are both brand new but i didnt think the tyres could be THAT noisy! Going to try swapping the front and back tyres as they are different and see if it makes any difference, if not then going to swap my wheels with a friends who has completely diff tyres that are a bit better make, and take them out a spin. I really hope thats all it is but i grudge paying the prices for decent tyres cos the vec goes through them like nothing else.

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    You can try putting the rear tyre pressures up to 35 - 38 psi in dry conditions and see if that alters the sound in any way.
    It does say to do this in the car manual to get maximum fuel ecomony, But dont leave them that way, the handling is cr4p.
    I did have a faulty rear wheel bearing, and I replaced both to get rid of a Rub - Rub - Rub noise.
    This Rub - rub noise was slower than the car wheels went round, with short gaps.
    A droning noise could be generated once or twice every wheel rotation, and will increase in frequency with speed.
    So listening carefully to the noise might narrow the noise down.

    Another thing to do is get the car a 4 wheel alignment using a Hunter system. I paid £50 for mine.
    This will make a difference to the handling, tyre wear and probably noise as well.
    They should check all aspects of the car's suspension and fit any faults.
    They will also put the rear wheels more vertical, which helps with tyre wear and noise.
    More info about the Hunter system is on here, lots of people have had it done, try asking in your local group in the regional section.
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    you are right in what you are saying i brought my vectra in 2006 and the dronning noise was very anoying i did a first thought it was a bearing gone
    i didnt enjoy the car until i read these posts on here and i changed the 2 rear tyres to good year excellence
    what a difference it made to the car no dronning at all now so i brought another 2 for the front and ive kept it since
    ive had it nearly 6 years now

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    Im glad i didnt go and replace or take off any of the bearings as it isnt them, found out for definate when the other half, vectrabob, swapped the back tyres for the front. The noise is now coming from the front! Shocked at just how much noise cheap tyres can make! Although now thats fixed theres something else went on it at the front, which i will be posting a new thread about. One thing after another at the moment. ��

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