Car Clinic: I’ve lost my locking wheel nut key — how can I change a flat tyre?


"The key to my locking wheel nut is missing; now I have a flat tyre and cannot change it. Any ideas?"
Government proposes MoT after four years, not three

Government proposes MoT after four years


New cars won't need to undergo an MoT for four years under government plans to be announced this week.
Car Clinic: What is the grating sound when changing from first to second gear in my Porsche Cayman S?

Car Clinic: What is the grating sound when changing...


Sometimes when cold there is a grating sound when changing from first to second gear on my Porsche Cayman S. Any ideas?
Car Clinic: What's causing the hissing noise that stops when I press the brake pedal?

Car Clinic: What's causing the hissing noise that stops...


A hissing noise comes from one side of my Audi A3 but stops when I press the brake pedal. The brakes seem to be working properly. Any ideas?
Sunday Times Driving Car Clinic: Aston Martin DB9 engine ticking noise

What's causing the ticking noise from my Aston Martin...


There is a ticking noise from the engine of my 2004 Aston Martin DB9, which I’m told could be the “big-end bearings”. What do you think?
Penalty charge notice on car windscreen. Sunday Times Driving Reader Letters: bicycle tax, diesel cars and stealthy road signs

Reader Letters: bicycle tax, diesel cars, puddle beware...


Susannah West Yates says bicycles should be “taxed and insured, and their users forced to pass a test”. As some cars are zero-rated for vehicle...
Spare tyre

Ready to roll: why car makers are bringing back spare...


Our revelation that car makers had quietly been replacing spare wheels with cheap puncture repair kits hit a national nerve, and a motorists’ backlash...
Microsoft Hololens Motorcycle DIY virtual reality

Video: Microsoft's HoloLens holographic headset is...


The days of spending hours hunched over a car’s engine bay, wondering what on earth is preventing it from starting, could soon be over. Hologram...
Car C;inic: Wheel replacement

Car clinic: Does a scratch on the alloy mean the whole...


Q. I’ve slightly scraped the front-left alloy wheel on my Volkswagen Golf GTI. Do I need to have the whole wheel refurbished? And, if so, how long...
Repair alloy wheel damage

As good as new: how to repair alloy wheel damage


HIGH KERBS, careless driving, cavernous potholes… these and countless other perils are the enemies of alloy wheels, often the most attractive...