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    Default Wheel vibration after new tyres. Rebalanced twice.

    My veccy 2006 came new fitted with Bridgstone ER30 Turanza tyres, I recently replaced the fronts when they were getting close to 2mm.
    Since having them fitted I have noticed very slight steering wheel vibration around the 80mph mark, and it is only slight. I have had them re-balanced twice now at different garages but its still there just a touch.

    There was no vibration evident at all before the tyres were fitted. I thought I had sussed out the problem when I noticed that the tyres were fitted the opposite way round to each other, but when I mentioned this I was told they were not directional tyres and it did not matter how they were fitted. The steering seems a little better having done a few miles but still not perfect.

    My wheels are the standard VX 16" steel structured wheels that look like alloys but are not..LOL. I am thinking about fitting proper alloys for the looks. AAMOI are alloys easier to balance as there contruction is more precise, or are the balancing issues the same, which I assume they are.
    In any case I think I need to find a garage with good balancing machine. :-))

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    The vectra is very fussy with balancing, I had to swap my wheels front to back which sorted it ...

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    The tyre place I've been going to for 20 years could not balance the wheels on my Vec. That was an Exclusiv too but it was the new alloys that they could not do.

    You need to find a place that uses a Hunter machine or something similar and ask for them to be done on "Fine" settings.

    Maybe there is someone in your region that can recommend a good garage.

    More info in this thread.

    http://forum.vectra-c.com/showthread.php?t=21096

    (Welcome to Vectra-C BTW )
    Last edited by Stevel; 17th April 2008 at 16:35.

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    Could be a tyre that is out of shape ?

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    Try swapping the n/s front with the o/s front. This worked on my GSi

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    Try to swop them rear to the front and front to the rear, all new tyres need to wear down so called 'an initial rubber' which usually takes a couple hundred miles, I had to balance my 19"s five times before they stopped vibrate. They still do a tiny bit but I'm not worried too much at the moment.
    Also sometimes the tyre fitters go an easy way and when they do balance wheels they leave a tolerance of 5 - 10 grams out. this also can cause the wheel to vibrate a bit. Let them do 0-0 read out on the balancer and it should be fine afterwards. Hope this helps.

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    I take it when they fitted them they lined up the yellow painted dot on the tyre with the valve stem?

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    try not doing 80 mph

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    I managed to find a specialised tyre centre which does have decent balancing equipment, and this time they seem fine, not cheap at £20 for 2. Thats the trouble being a perfectionist.
    Its obvious that a lot of garages are using crap balancing gear.
    This is the third attempt at getting them balanced right but well worth it. At least I know where to go next time.LOL


    Thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by signumboy View Post
    try not doing 80 mph


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