Driving along in no particular hurry the other day, sun cracking the flags, shades on, window down and I noticed a 'flapping' sound from the back. Thought it was a sticky label or something stuck to the tyre. Was getting on my nerves, so I stopped to have a look.
Right side rear tyre - OK, left side rear tyre - OMG - there was a piece of metal embedded in the tyre with about 3 inches in length sticking out of the tyre at about 30 degrees and another inch or two inside the tyre which was beginning to visibly deform.
Clearly I had no wish to continue driving on that tyre, so I put on the mickey mouse spacesaver and went to get a replacement tyre.
What really hit me is what might have happened if the tyre had blown on the motorway..... doesn't bear thinking about.
What 's uncanny is that the ride quality was no different from normal only the 'flapping' sound I referred to, otherwise it was as smooth as ever. Maybe that's an indication of just how good the ride quality is on the Vectra compared to some crates I've driven in the past. Maybe the sports suspension 'damped it down' or something I don't know.
Good job I checked when I did. As the other rear tyre had done almost 30K I decided to change both rears. Got a pair of NCT5 215/50/17 91V's for £93 pounds each fitted which is reasonable, given that budget tyres cost you £50-£60 each fitted. And compared with the consequences of a possible disastrous blowout it's a no-brainer IMO.
The NCT5's I got have got rim protectors which my original NCT5's didn't - good idea that - and about time too.