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    My May 2006 Vectra 1.9 CDTi 150 SRi estate has been driving me nuts with a shake that comes through the whole car, especially the steering. I've had the car since new and there have been no accidents or kerbing that could have thrown anything out, but it's been doing it from about 10,000 miles or so.

    I've had the tyres replaced, tried balancing by different places and swapped the wheels from back to front and back again but just can't get rid of the shake.

    Someone suggested getting the wheels balanced on the car to take up any imbalance in the drivetrain but I don't know the technical name for this job (is there one?) and can't find anywhere able to do this.

    I need two new tyres now and want to try this but if it doesn't work I will be selling the car because I've had enough...

    And is there any reason to stick to 215/50/17 tyres when 225/45/17 are so much cheaper? Presumably as long as they are changed in axle-pairs it is OK?

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    it's okay to swap to 225's.. in fact they are a VX approved size already....

    pass on the oncar balancing.. what you need is a GOOD wheelbalancer who uses 'fine' settings as the 'any old balance' just isn't good enough for the vectra-c.. it's particularly sensitive to any small imbalance.. also, use short valve stems..they help out no end....

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    i have done on car balancing a few years ago and it is very spot on but can take a while to do

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    I know once I found a garage that could balance properly I haven't gone anywhere else since. I have spent sooooo much in the past trying to get wheels balanced.

    OOO, also check there is no dirt buildup on the hubs.

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    On car balancing is called 'dynamic balancing'. To be honest it always used to look a bt Heath Robinson, they jack the car up and put an axle stand with a sensor on it under the wishbone and it kind of fires a strobe light at the wheel as it rotates it, at least thats how I think it works. never had it done myself but some people did claim that it was the most accurate way of balancing at the time, but it is about 15 years since I have seen anyone doing it.

    Modern wheel balancers are amazing, they can hide weights behind spokes and even have arms on them now to accurately position the balance weights, you just put the weight on the arm and it guides you to where it wants sticking, a bit improvement on the 'bubble balancers' that used to be all the rage.

    As ponted out earlier dirt behind the wheel can cause problems, as it can when fitting new discs which can ccause disc thickness variation which is incidentally the most common cause of brake disc warranty claims.

    I'm not saying your car is dirty but you would be amazed how little can cause so much trouble.

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    [quote=Steel;533284]On car balancing is called 'dynamic balancing'. To be honest it always used to look a bt Heath Robinson, they jack the car up and put an axle stand with a sensor on it under the wishbone and it kind of fires a strobe light at the wheel as it rotates it, at least thats how I think it works. never had it done myself but some people did claim that it was the most accurate way of balancing at the time, but it is about 15 years since I have seen anyone doing it.



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    Quick update - car was in Peter Vardy in Perth for a service and I asked them to look into the shake.

    They had the front wheels balanced (their own machine was broken so they had them done next door - Honda, I think), and also tightened the front hub nuts. I don't know which part of the fix is responsible but the car is now much much better.

    And their service manager, a guy called Ian, really knows his stuff.

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    Get mine done there and I must admit they do look after their punters. A pleasant surprise in this day and age.

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