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I have a 2016 yeti. 3 months after purchase, 2 years ago, the light came on. After 7 visits to Bristol Street motors they now tell me that neither them or skoda know butwhat the problem is. They inform me that the only solution is to keep fitting new pieces, at my expense, until the problem is resolved.!!!! Anyone else in a similar situation?
 

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I have a 2012 1.2tsi, and first got EML light on last October,a scan showed it was to do with the throttle body,I haven’t got around to cleaning it yet,but had the fault code erased.It returned after 4 weeks,for 4 days and went off again,it came on again yesterday on startup,then today on another start up disappeared again! The car runs perfectly ok even when the light appears so I’m not bothered by it.
I find it strange that your garage can’t find the culprit part through the scan.
 

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I have a 2012 1.2tsi, and first got EML light on last October,a scan showed it was to do with the throttle body,I haven’t got around to cleaning it yet,but had the fault code erased.It returned after 4 weeks,for 4 days and went off again,it came on again yesterday on startup,then today on another start up disappeared again! The car runs perfectly ok even when the light appears so I’m not bothered by it.
I find it strange that your garage can’t find the culprit part through the scan.
Each time that I collect it from the garage the light is off, only for it to come on again at a later date. Diagnostic machine keeps showing a different fault. I too find it hard to believe the claim that neither BSM and skoda say that they have never had this problem before.
 

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They inform me that the only solution is to keep fitting new pieces, at my expense, until the problem is resolved.!!!!
I find that strange but not unexpected for a garage that don't know what they are doing.
There should be fault codes stored to show what was wrong.
It may help more to know what engine is fitted.
I too find it hard to believe the claim that neither BSM and skoda say that they have never had this problem before.
Unfortunately that is another thing that those that don't know what they are doing say.
 

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I find that strange but not unexpected for a garage that don't know what they are doing.
There should be fault codes stored to show what was wrong.
It may help more to know what engine is fitted.

Unfortunately that is another thing that those that don't know what they are doing say.
It's a 2ltr diesel engine with low mileage for its age.
It was under a private warranty the first 2 visits to the said garage which is a main skoda agent.
 

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Welcome to the forum John

Trouble with the warning lamps is that they cover a multitude of possible causes so without knowing what errors are being picked up by the diagnostics it's very hard for anyone to offer more than a guess as to the likely causes. What you describe isn't common on this particular forum but that's not to say some fault could cause what you are seeing. Main dealers tend to work on the basis of replace the part the diagnostic says has failed and hope it resolves the problem. An experienced VAG mechanic at an independent may be able to offer a deeper insight.
 

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It's a 2ltr diesel engine with low mileage for its age.
It was under a private warranty the first 2 visits to the said garage which is a main skoda agent.
"Low Mileage" is too often nowadays a euphemism for "Neglected by previous owner(s)", but that is not the point at issue here.

As said before in a different thread, main dealer technicians are neither trained, nor have experience in either diagnosing or fixing obscure faults in older cars. They ARE trained in replacing components one by one, escalating up the cost scale, until the fault goes away. On cars under 5-years old that the dealer still has an interest in. Doing only what the laptop tells them. Call me cynical? Life has made me thus m'Lud. :(

I'm not altogether surprised that they can't find a fault code for your issue. Sometimes there are no permanent codes generated. At least not in semi-permanent memory that is kept beyond switching off the ignition. That happens too. Rare, but it does happen. Nor that the fault goes away and then comes back later, manifested in a different guise or code. That points to a wiring problem, rather than a component.

Our Yeti developed a code in 2019, for Mass Air Flow sensor readings out of limits. Which normally means the sensor failed. In turn that illuminated a dashboard fault light. Replacing the £100 sensor did not however cure the problem. Next thing to check, not often done by car sales orientated dealers because they so seldom encounter it on cars under 5-years old, was to check the continuity of the wiring between the sensor and the ECU. That was good. Turned out the fault was broken solder joint onto a circuit board, within the ECU box itself. The ECU box itself had to be removed and sent away to a specialist. Who repaired at and returned the ECU for refitting locally. Car was off-road for a total of three days and cost a further £350 for the diagnosis and ECU repair by a local Auto Electrical specialist.

I strongly recommend forgetting all about Main Dealers for an older car like this. In too many cases, their primary objective is to pronounce the car dead. Or convince you it is now too expensive to keep running. So you can be persuaded to buy another car from them. At best, IF they get as far as following the fault path right back to the ECU, they will just replace the entire unit with a new one. Costing a £four-digit sum.

Instead take it to a local Auto Electrical specialist. Who has no interest in selling cars, new or used. Just in diagnosing and repairing them. There are usually one or two on industrial estates in most medium to larger towns. Occupying low cost premises. Not expensive fancy showrooms. Some of the more enlightened dealers will often secretly farm out work to them, when they meet a car like yours, that they can't figure out themselves. Applies to any brand of car. Not just Skoda, or Yetis.

Good Luck and keep us informed how you get on.

Hope that helps? :)
 
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Many of the parts are very expensive,especially genuine ones so not the best idea to find by trial and error ,as it could go to £1,000 plus! Even if they find the single actual fault it could be a few hundred to fix.
 

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Welcome to the forum John

Trouble with the warning lamps is that they cover a multitude of possible causes so without knowing what errors are being picked up by the diagnostics it's very hard for anyone to offer more than a guess as to the likely causes. What you describe isn't common on this particular forum but that's not to say some fault could cause what you are seeing. Main dealers tend to work on the basis of replace the part the diagnostic says has failed and hope it resolves the problem. An experienced VAG mechanic at an independent may be able to offer a deeper insight.
Thanks. I will try an independent. Annoying thing for me is that Skoda HQ is not offering any help. I would have thought that they would have wanted to know the cause if indeed it has not happened before. Customer service have known about this for over 2 years.
 

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Thanks. I will try an independent. Annoying thing for me is that Skoda HQ is not offering any help. I would have thought that they would have wanted to know the cause if indeed it has not happened before. Customer service have known about this for over 2 years.
Skoda UK’s primary interest is in selling you a new car. Why would they want to spend a lot of time and energy helping you to fix your 5-year old one? It’s below their interest threshold now. (That’s the theory anyway).

The independent you seek would ideally be one with an auto electrical specialisation.
 

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Skoda UK’s primary interest is in selling you a new car. Why would they want to spend a lot of time and energy helping you to fix your 5-year old one? It’s below their interest threshold now. (That’s the theory anyway).

The independent you seek would ideally be one with an auto electrical specialisation.
Thanks for your interest.
 
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