well yesterday after leaving work I noticed a click coming from the front nearside seemingly only happening when turning right.
Having had various French cars in the past that regularly suffer from worn bearings in the top shock mount, this struck me as the same sound and feeling that I had had before.
I was on the case trying to find a top mount with bearing as soon as I got home.
This morning my wife took the Vectra to work and about 5 minutes after she left my mobile rang and I answered to her hysterical voice.
Apparentely, while driving along there was a clunk after going over a dip, not pothole, in the road.
As there was nowhere safe to stop she went on a bit and started noticing some smoke coming from the nearside front along with a rancid burning rubber smell.
A few other drivers were flashing at her and not far along she found a safe place to pull over.
I had to rescue her and had a good look at the car.
The front nearside wheel is quite a way up in the arch but the tyre is not flat.
I checked under the car and the sump tray has no signs of damage, so that didn't scrape along the road.
I would say that there is about 2 inches of clearance between the road surface and the underside of the track control arm.
There is no damage to the strut turret looking at it from under the bonnet.
I have read various reports that the coil springs fail on these Vectras, coud what I have explained be this happening to mine?
Am currently waiting for a garage to tow and fix the car now.
Nice, loads of £'s just before crimbo.