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    Hi I have a problem with my vectra the rear tyres have worn UN even they seem to be scalloped if you run your hand over the surface you can feel the undulations they look ok to the eye. The tyres are droning like mad and my local Vauxhall dealership says itís normal they canít find anything wrong with the car itís a problem with the tyres.

    They are Goodyear F1s with about 6-7mm of tread. I have looked at the rear suspension and when the car is on the floor I can feel some movement when you pull the top of the wheel towards yourself. Am I correct in thinking that the upper control arms are worn? Both sides are the same and I canít hear any knocking.

    I dont want to replace the rear tyres and find this happens again.

    The car is a 2004 vectra gsi with 57K on the clock.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    have you tried swapping the front tyres to the rear?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisvectra View Post
    have you tried swapping the front tyres to the rear?
    Good idea, my tyres drone like a goodun between 50 & 55, otherwise fine. Can't remember the make, some rubbish that was on it when i bought the car.

    If the upper control arms are shot you'd get a clank when on a bumpy road, and you should get a metallic clank when you pull on the top of the wheel. My left hand wheel definitely did this and moved about an inch, the right less movement with no noise but I changed both at the same time.

    Someone else on here will be able to tell you if it's the bearings or not, I've not experienced these issues yet.

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    Yes I have rotated the tyres to the front and the noise changes. You can feel the tyres are scalloped when you run your hand over them.

    I donít want to replace the tyres when I know it will happen again.

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    the wheel bearings drone anyway
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    both arms need replaced if their is play mate..another vauxhall ba;;s up..if you replace the tyres they will only wear put quicker as the problem worsens.

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    I would of thought the vauxhall dealer should of picked this up because it specifically went in to check the rear suspension first time and I asked about it again when it was serviced.

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    I had the same prob with my vectra c, play in both rear wheels when you grab the tyre and shake!!! got these of ebay, fitted and sorted the problem!!! Item number 220435226389 hope these are the right bits

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    Are the control ones on e-bay an good ? Lmf want £30 pound each are they a proper gm part ?

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    They fixed my problem great, i got a quote of the stealer of £70 plus vat so shoped around and found those ebay 1s, baragin price and they fit fine, even have the holes in that the a.b.s sensor wire (think thats what it was)clips too!!!!

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