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Old 1st February 2005, 20:49   #46
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Damn!
I love the Vectra! I think it looks amazing and to see it like this really hurts me! :( But i must say, the car has held up really well. This could be the best advertisement for a Vectra's safety features! Thats why i love European build quality. now imagine if it was a Maruti Baleno or esteem or even any of the hot selling D segment cars. no way could any car hold up like this!
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While I sincerely hope that nobody here suffers a high-speed blowout, could the experts tell us what is the best procedure to follow to recover from such a situation?
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While I sincerely hope that nobody here suffers a high-speed blowout, could the experts tell us what is the best procedure to follow to recover from such a situation?
steer against the direction the car is pulling, use your gears and and slow down in a straight line - avoid braking or steering
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I believe Vectra's come with Goodyear NCT 5,which are tubeless radials.

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Same as the OE tyres on the Mondeo. While they are ok in the dry, they are REALLY BAD in the wet, absolutely no wet weather traction, and serious acquaplaning issues. On the plus side, they do run fairly silently.
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Same as the OE tyres on the Mondeo. While they are ok in the dry, they are REALLY BAD in the wet, absolutely no wet weather traction, and serious acquaplaning issues. On the plus side, they do run fairly silently.
doesnt the RS hv the same tyres too?
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steer against the direction the car is pulling, use your gears and and slow down in a straight line - avoid braking or steering
Would the avoid braking part apply even to an ABS-equipped vehicle? Thanks!
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Would the avoid braking part apply even to an ABS-equipped vehicle? Thanks!

hey Johnjacob,

the braking part will not be necessary as by the time you realise what has happened you will have banged into someone .

still u can try to do the following:



the car can veer suddenly in case of a front tire burst .so dont steer suddenly.instead try to slow down and get to the side of the road.
just grip the steering and make the required corrections
dont slam the brakes as you can lose control.
allow the car to gradually slow down and if you have to change lanes warn others.
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When I was a kid, my family was driving along in an Ambassador on Marine drive when my dad said "Don't look now, but we've just lost a wheel!". We were all very "ho-hum" about it, because he was always kidding about things. Then we turned around and looked back to see a wheel bouncing down the road and finally ending up in the median! Fortunately is was a rear wheel, and in those days traffic was much lighter, so it didn't hit anybody else!

But he just gently pulled the car over to the side of the road, and we all got out! I know it's not a tyre blow-out, but it was another one of those things!
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doesnt the RS hv the same tyres too?
I believe the RS comes equipped with Bridgestone tyres.
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a high-speed blowout,
what is the best procedure to follow to recover from such a situation?
Hi JohnJacob,

Well firstly, i guess the "correct procedure" (in quotes coz there really is no 100% correct procedure - a lot could depend on the situation), anyway, it would differ quite a bit depending on whether it was a front wheel or rear wheel blowout.

Rear wheel - Id imagine this would be the blowout of choice, provided you are not in the middle of a fast curve! Assuming that after the pop the car is still going straight, getting on the brakes slowly would seem like a good idea. Slight countersteering to keep the car in the direction it was headed might be required.You would want enough braking force to transfer most of the weight to the front wheels, but not so much force on the pedal as to lock up your functioning tire at the rear. A smooth and controlled stop.

Front wheel - Now this is a tough one..... and im gonna guess that keeping the car oreinted correctly and going in the same direction as it initially was, is quite critical.
Speed would play a huge factor in the safest procedure to follow. At slower speeds it would be similar to the procedure above. But at higher speeds it would really depend on a ton of things.

I guess the common key is to just be smooth, and not make any sudden alterations that will further throw of the balance of the car.

Please keep in mind that this is my opinion and not based on anything other than personal knowledge...just to clarify!

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ps - yup, RS comes with bridgestones.

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I believe the RS comes equipped with Bridgestone tyres.
The Vrs comes with Dunlop tubless tyres !
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The Vrs comes with Dunlop tubless tyres !
For all these cars there are more than one vendor. But from which part of the world they're getting Dunlop? Do you know about this?
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The Vrs comes with Dunlop tubless tyres !
I think its bridgestone by default.....
Im not sure how it works, but i would guess that Skoda would have a tie up with a tire company and all their cars would wear those shoes.


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i have a black Vrs and it has dunlop tyres ... they are german... the superb has the same tyres

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