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Its not mime i borrowed it off a mate.

The box does say covers most VW's Audis sold world wide since 1990
Thanks Dutchman,

I copied and pasted from your post and had a look at the VS450.

I wasn't sure if the unit covered just diesel engines/error codes or all engine types.

Not sure whether to buy from Ebay or Amazon,, there is all ways the slight worry of buying a fake off Ebay.
 

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Not sure whether to buy from Ebay or Amazon,, there is all ways the slight worry of buying a fake off Ebay.
no more so from EBay than from Amazon Marketplace in my experience.
Particularly if you check the “location” of items on EBay and stick to those located in UK or EU.

Both have a very poor reputation with regard to non-payment of UK taxes in respect of sales generated from within UK. So equally invidious IMO. I have however bought plenty of parts and tools from EBay nonetheless. Over the years. All have been genuine, as described. Many of OEM quality, etc.
 
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no more so from EBay than from Amazon Marketplace in my experience.
Particularly if you check the “location” of items on EBay and stick to those located in UK or EU.

Both have a very poor reputation with regard to non-payment of UK taxes in respect of sales generated from within UK. So equally invidious IMO. I have however bought plenty of parts and tools from EBay nonetheless. Over the years. All have been genuine, as described. Many of OEM quality, etc.
Yes I agree and talking of parts from Ebay, that link you gave for the spline sockets, I ordered a set, thank you. My tool box is pretty well stocked and most of my sockets/spanners and such like are impact, Snap On, Sealey, Elora but didn't have a decent set of spline sockets, hopefully that set will keep me going.

As for goods and UK taxes, most of the large corporates employ expensive lawyers, analytical tax accountants/experts and so on and what is their favourite line when held to account on vast profits " we comply with all tax laws prevalent to that country"--and they probably do, if the UK Government don't like it, the UK Government must change its tax laws, none of us should expect big or small companies to want to pay more tax from a moral standpoint.

But from a consumer perspective, we like our bargains, we can become outraged with these conglomerates and their profits and lack of tax paid but consumers can't have it everyway.

UK needs to change its tax laws when it comes to these empires and they should pay more but then so will we.

As for the VS450, I will buy from a UK seller, I'm still pondering but just discovered the unit can't be updated with new features/codes, not a deal breaker for a Yeti owner but was a little surprised to read this but it is a £35-£45 unit, you pay for what you get.
 

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Sounds like it? We may all have been fooled by thinking the exhaust fault light may have been something actually to do with the exhaust.....:sad:

When I said there were dozens of reasons why the exhaust fault light may get illuminated? Revise that and insert “possibly 100’s.”

Next trick - try using the scanner to clear all codes. And see:
A) if that clears the fault light too?
B) how many (lights or codes) come back over the next couple of days running?

I had a light last October time, think that may have been the exhaust light come to think now? My cheapo £8 scanner from Aldi said that a code that translated by Google to a sticking vane in the variable pitch turbocharger? Mmmm? Cleared the code and threw a bottle of Archoil 6400 d-Max in the tank. Just before a trip from Yorkshire to Cambridge and back one weekend. Neither code nor light been seen since? (Bit like Ruari’s missing brain? Sorry, wrong thread. :grin:)

Never mind - it did cause me to get that write up completed about cleaning the Throttle Body unit. When I should have been working, last Sunday. :smile:

Which reminds me - must re-check what is causing my BMW to have a warning light about its ABS unit? Last time I checked it was a sticking valve in the ABS distribution block. Got to drive it back home from Lichfield to Yorkshire first though. The ABS may not be perfect. But that just means it reverts to conventional braking. I survived driving cars with no ABS at all for 35 out of 50 years. So not desperately worried. Will need to get it fixed before it’s MoT though. Used to be lit intermittently. Now it’s become permanent.
Cleared the code faults and light has now gone out.

I wonder how much that would have cost at a Skoda dealership?

Cost me nothing, but a few questions and advice on here and a borrowed scanner THANKS
 

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2014 Yeti 2 litre diesel 4x4. Approx 68,000 mile. Yesterday drove 130 miles. This morning started car, and yellow Exhaust Inspection System warning light came on. I drove approx 20 miles, light still on. Read various posts, one of which suggested calling Skoda Assist (now AA) rather than go to dealer. Excellent advice! Very sparky and helpful chap came, connected his code reader, problem was one of the glow plugs had sooted up. He took it out, cleaned it, removed code, all good. So nothing to do with exhaust. While there he spotted that something (mouse / dormouse) has been eating wiring to injectors, which was good to know, and wrapped tape round it. All done in 30 minutes and no need to spend time going off to dealer. Great service.
 

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#25 also supports the much mentioned principle that the dash warning lights can not / should not be interpreted as anything like accurate indications of a fault. A whole raft of differing faults can cause any one light to be illuminated. Many of them only very vaguely connected to what the handbook says the lamp means.

Only worthwhile interpretation for any of the lamps is “check fault codes for more information”.
 
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Update to #25. 5 days later same warning light came on again. Different AA man came, diagnosis showed problem with a different glow plug. He suggested I go to main dealer, as it’ll be covered by extended warranty. ( I rang Skoda warranty department, they confirmed glow plug is covered.) So I rang dealer. Person on switchboard arranged a date, saying it would take an hour, maybe an hour and a half. Took car in this morning, to be told car would need to be there all day and overnight. They had no glow plugs ready, they would need to run a check before ordering them in. And they would only fix the one glow plug shown to be faulty; and the warranty would only that one. I said if one went wrong last week, and another went wrong this week, wasn’t it likely that another could go wrong soon? This made no difference. As they gave no advance warning about car needing to be in all day I left. Pretty fed up. If one takes a car into a garage one expects them to fix it, not to mess around. Is this a problem with main dealers?
 

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Why not give Skoda UK a call and tell them about the dealer messing you around. Nothing to loose and nil cost, you could get a pleasant surprise.
 

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I had glow plug no3 fail, I replaced all 4 for under £40 with exactly the same make (Bosch) and part number as originally fitted in about 20 minutes.
 
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They had no glow plugs ready, they would need to run a check before ordering them in. And they would only fix the one glow plug shown to be faulty; and the warranty would only that one. I said if one went wrong last week, and another went wrong this week, wasn’t it likely that another could go wrong soon? This made no difference. As they gave no advance warning about car needing to be in all day I left. Pretty fed up. If one takes a car into a garage one expects them to fix it, not to mess around. Is this a problem with main dealers?
Sadly, this experience chimes with several of my own experiences when taking cars under 3 years old to main franchised dealers for fault rectification work. Particularly some of the larger dealer chains with multiple sites and franchises. For example:
  1. - A (large) Citroen dealer who had a Picasso in for a safety recall on an engine mount. Fitted the revised mount, but then failed to tighten the bolts to the required torque. So the mount fell out a week later. Requiring the car to be returned for the rectification to be done properly a second time.
  2. - A Renault dealer who demonstrably entered false information on the "safety checklist" following a regular oil service. (Relating to tyre tread depths)
  3. - A different Renault dealer who changed the oil on a Laguna, but failed to change the filter at the same time. Despite itemising a new filter on the Invoice to the car's lease company.
  4. - Yet another Renault dealer where I was taking my own Scenic to have its dashboard instrument cluster replaced due to it going completely blank (a fault so common to the model affected, it had even been featured on the BBC Watchdog programme 3 months previously). When I arrived on the appointed day, 12 days after booking and listing both the fault and the part number required, they didn't even have a replacement unit to hand. (Replacement of the entire cluster was the Renault UK recommendation). So I would have to come back next day, or the day following. When they had assessed the requirement, then ordered in the part and installed it ( a 30-minute task I could easily have done myself).
On occasion (4) I did exactly as The Hood just said in #29 - phoned Renault UK from the dealer showroom where I had taken my car. Ren UK then lit a fire under the dealership's backside. Who had a fresh instrument cluster motorcycle couriered over from another of their own sites, 15 miles away. So I could have my car back "fixed" within the hour. So saving another unnecessary trip to the dealer for me and endless re-arranging of appointments over the following two days.

Ren UK actually suggested in future that I should try one of the much smaller, family run, single site, dealers in the not too distant surrounding area. Advice which I followed and gained a much better experience.

Back to glow plugs. My experience is similar to Urrell's. If one has failed, quite likely the others will not be far behind. So best to swap all four at once. Although you can't expect an AA man (or woman!) to do that of course. Their job is to fix at the roadside and get you going till you can book a proper rectification. Big dealers though, are often very reluctant do more than the absolute minimum on warranty work especially. As they are making very little or no profit on the work. Unlike chargeable work. At least that's what I found. So stick to smaller dealers, or better still independent specialists for work where marque-specific knowledge may be required. For warranty work on a car you bought recently, I suspect you may be restricted to the selling dealer though. Perhaps not legally, but in practice? May depend on who provides the warranty?
 
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