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HI. i'm in the process of moving to Portugal and bringing my 2015 Yeti Outdoor with me. It's a 140 Diesel L&K model. Perfect car for where we are, so I got it inspected - which it has to pass to be allowed to be re-registered as Portuguese. There were two issues - any help with either would be much appreciated.

1. I have set the Xenon headlights to travel mode via the Maxi-dot. The inspectors accept that the light pattern is changed and not dazzling BUT it doesn't meet the laid down requirements for beam deflection to the nearside. So, I need to have headlights that do perform like proper 'drive on the right' ones. Is there any software tweak possible? If it needs new headlamp units, what do I need to replace - for example would the current connections and software support headlamps designed for right hand drive or does it need more? The lights have all the bells and whistles - self levelling, turn with the steering etc.

2. The rear foglamp has to be either on both sides or the offside - and for driving on the right, the UK Yeti has only a near side foglamp. There is a bulb in both sides but no lighting up. I've seen postings about this before - implying there is a fix but not an easy one. Any more details anyone?

I have to get both these problems solved over the next few months or we'll be off the road! So ... all and any help greatly appreciated.
 

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With the fog lights the unit is intact with a bulb, but there is no wiring to the loom, if the wire is put in place there is no guarantee that it would work. One possibility which may raise a few hackles on here would be to divert and extend the supply from the UK off side to the nearside so that unit lit up instead, not as well as that may overload a controller.

As regards the headlights, do you have any friends/relatives in Portugal who could find a VAG specialist or an ex pat garage to see if they have dealt with this sort of thing already. I would also email Skoda UK customer services and see if they offer any advice, and if they are no use I would email Skoda in CZ.
 

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The Xenon headlight units are about £500 each!
I suspect if the high intensity rear light was disconnected and wired up to illuminate the other lamp the Yeti would not know the difference.
 

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Second hand headlights from a left hand drive car sourced from Europe? You could sell the originals in uk.
 

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HI. i'm in the process of moving to Portugal and bringing my 2015 Yeti Outdoor with me. It's a 140 Diesel L&K model. Perfect car for where we are, so I got it inspected - which it has to pass to be allowed to be re-registered as Portuguese. There were two issues - any help with either would be much appreciated.


2. The rear foglamp has to be either on both sides or the offside - and for driving on the right, the UK Yeti has only a near side foglamp. There is a bulb in both sides but no lighting up. I've seen postings about this before - implying there is a fix but not an easy one. Any more details anyone?

I have to get both these problems solved over the next few months or we'll be off the road! So ... all and any help greatly appreciated.

Hi IJM,

Having done a bit of reading around I found this quote.

"Just as a heads-up for "new to Yeti" owners - the (UK version) FL Yeti also has the nearside rear fog bulb fitted, but the loom only has 5 wires feeding the 6 pin connector - therefore the nearside rear fog does not actually work - only the offside one works." The missing 6th wire here is the foglight wire.

This comes from someone moving to Germany as part of the armed forces also needed theirs switched over and got a UK garage to do it for them after explaining why. I presume, he didn't ask, that they just changed the looms around.

Doesn't solve your headlight problem though and he didn't mention how he got around this. As Urrell said they are £500 pounds each over here, but they may be cheaper over there, or you could try eBay somewhere on the continent to try to source some, they are available on eBay over here. On the other hand is it possible for you to leave the headlights as they are initially when you get there and try some scrap yards in Portugal?
 

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Thanks for the quick replies. My first posting after a few years membership - really grateful for the support. Good suggestions for the foglight - I'll try them out. Pretty sure I can get that one solved.

We are already in Portugal, we've got until March next year to get the car lights fully legal. I will ask local dealer and search scrappers and ebay. Does anyone know offhand how much I would need to change on the headlight. Does the LHD one just plug in to same connections as RHD and then work?
 

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Does anyone know offhand how much I would need to change on the headlight. Does the LHD one just plug in to same connections as RHD and then work?
Don't understand that or are you meaning the foglight?
If yes disconnect or cut the wire if a multi-connector and run a wire from that to the other foglight.
 

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I wonder if they actually need changing? With UK car you can go into the maxidot menu and alter it so that you can drive the car abroad on holiday. This cuts out the raised left hand side of the beam used in the UK, and adjusts the dip for the car to be driven on the right safely?
I know this is not legal for cars registered abroad as their lights work the opposite way and have to work completely there, not just in a temporary holiday mode, and they can presumably use the maxidot for visits to UK. However is this just a software change in the settings, or are the units physically different at all?

Have they changed the import rules in Portugal? My parents moved out there many years ago, and they had a nice 5 years old Audi CD. Value in uk c£5000. They would have had to pay an import tax based on its original list price, and it just wasn/t economic to do this. Far cheaper to sell the car in UK and buy another car in Portugal. Is this the way forward with your Yeti? I would hate to drive a car there with the driving seat on the wrong side. The roads are narrow, many drivers very dangerous and you really need to see round the bends and if safe to overtake. Portugal has the most dangerous roads in Europe, or it did when we were out there staying with my parents. I can't recall one of our two week breaks with them when we did not come across a severe accident somewhere.
 

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I wonder if they actually need changing? With UK car you can go into the maxidot menu and alter it so that you can drive the car abroad on holiday. This cuts out the raised left hand side of the beam used in the UK, and adjusts the dip for the car to be driven on the right safely?
I have set the Xenon headlights to travel mode via the Maxi-dot. The inspectors accept that the light pattern is changed and not dazzling BUT it doesn't meet the laid down requirements for beam deflection to the nearside.
 

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I wonder if they actually need changing? With UK car you can go into the maxidot menu and alter it so that you can drive the car abroad on holiday. This cuts out the raised left hand side of the beam used in the UK, and adjusts the dip for the car to be driven on the right safely?
I know this is not legal for cars registered abroad as their lights work the opposite way and have to work completely there, not just in a temporary holiday mode, and they can presumably use the maxidot for visits to UK. However is this just a software change in the settings, or are the units physically different at all?

Have they changed the import rules in Portugal? My parents moved out there many years ago, and they had a nice 5 years old Audi CD. Value in uk c£5000. They would have had to pay an import tax based on its original list price, and it just wasn/t economic to do this. Far cheaper to sell the car in UK and buy another car in Portugal. Is this the way forward with your Yeti? I would hate to drive a car there with the driving seat on the wrong side. The roads are narrow, many drivers very dangerous and you really need to see round the bends and if safe to overtake. Portugal has the most dangerous roads in Europe, or it did when we were out there staying with my parents. I can't recall one of our two week breaks with them when we did not come across a severe accident somewhere.
You are allowed to import one car free of tax provided you can prove you used it in UK for 6 months - and jump through several administrative hoops, including the official inspection which tests the light patterns. Portugal driving can be a bit interesting but we don't seem to have much issue with which side the wheel is on. Maybe when I was 40 years younger and drove rather faster it might have had more effect. Occasionally we might follow a lorry a little longer than in a LHD car, but parking at roadside and getting out at the kerbside of the car feels safer so it balances a bit.
 

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Update - I've sourced some replacement used headlamps - in Poland! But question raised by local Skoda dealer here in Portugal. They fear 'the electrics are all reversed' (that's translation from the original Portuguese) and that simply swapping LHD headlamp units for the RHD ones might not work. Anyone happen to know about these electrics and if it would just be a swap out/swap in job or more complicated?
 

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I would imagine that the headlights would be different inside but the electricial connections and fittings would be the same.
 

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The connections and motors would probably connect up O.K. but there may be some software update/mod required to make them turn and park correctly on "the other side". Hence my suggestion of emailing Skoda UK customer services and Skoda CZ.
You could also try raising a question on the Ross-tech forum (owners of VCDS) as their international membership may be of help if not Ross-Tech themselves.

When you do eventually get it sorted could you post the results on here to help others later on.
 

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Not an expert, but perhaps changing the car's "place" to be Portugal, instead of the UK would facilitate any changes once the new headlights are fitted?
 

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HI. i'm in the process of moving to Portugal and bringing my 2015 Yeti Outdoor with me. It's a 140 Diesel L&K model. Perfect car for where we are, so I got it inspected - which it has to pass to be allowed to be re-registered as Portuguese. There were two issues - any help with either would be much appreciated.

1. I have set the Xenon headlights to travel mode via the Maxi-dot. The inspectors accept that the light pattern is changed and not dazzling BUT it doesn't meet the laid down requirements for beam deflection to the nearside. So, I need to have headlights that do perform like proper 'drive on the right' ones. Is there any software tweak possible? If it needs new headlamp units, what do I need to replace - for example would the current connections and software support headlamps designed for right hand drive or does it need more? The lights have all the bells and whistles - self levelling, turn with the steering etc.

2. The rear foglamp has to be either on both sides or the offside - and for driving on the right, the UK Yeti has only a near side foglamp. There is a bulb in both sides but no lighting up. I've seen postings about this before - implying there is a fix but not an easy one. Any more details anyone?

I have to get both these problems solved over the next few months or we'll be off the road! So ... all and any help greatly appreciated.

Strange, re the headlights.
I've got a 2016 SE L. Changing the dipped to right kerb through the Maxi-dot moves the dipped beam to the right.

Find a dark carpark and operate while parked and engine running.
You will see the beam move from left kerb to the right kerb.
When I'm on the French motorways the beam definitely lights up the right hand side kerb when on dip beam.

Other than that, get a Skoda dealer here to check that the Xenon's are moving sufficiently to the right.
Maybe they are not moving enough to the right.
 

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I've got a 2016 SE L. Changing the dipped to right kerb through the Maxi-dot moves the dipped beam to the right.
That works for temporary use but if car has to apply with the country's laws living there it has to have the kick up on the right as our has kick up on the left, the tourist mode is flat topped.
 
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That works for temporary use but if car has to apply with the country's laws living there it has to have the kick up on the right as our has kick up on the left, the tourist mode is flat topped.
Thanks for info.

Just in the driving seat it all looks and works great.
 

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Tourist mode just flattens the beam and stops the turning on corners function, it probably looks like it dips the other way as there is less concentrated light on the nearside.
 

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So, thanks for all the input folks - an update since it might help others in future. Not fully there yet but interesting week or so ...

I set out on two possible courses of action for the headlights: 1. find LHD headlamps to swap, 2 ask the local VAG dealers for help and a price.

For the replacement headlights I found good guys on ebay - globlights in Poland who offered me options - good price on used headlights or they could rebuild my headlights in two days if I posted them over. We didn't use them (see next bit for why) but impressed with their help and knowledge - if you are looking for used headlights they would be worth a try.

We went to local dealers - Lubrigaz in Caldas De Rainha - they took the car away to look and left us waiting without a word for nearly two hours. Feeling abandoned and annoyed, but then they reappeared and told us they had used some 'dealer only' software - reprogrammed stuff and then tested it on their lighting rig. So now it seems we have legal headights with no hardware change - and at no cost!!! They just felt it was good support for a Skoda customer. Stopped on way home at a supermarket, their underground car park automatically put the headlights on and - indeed - lots of light on the right hand side. So, it seems it is all in the software. Final test will be in March next year when it goes back for government test. All is good, we did have to set the display language back to English, was all in German when they gave the car back to us. And it works via the travel mode so I don't think the cornering lights work, but we can easily live with that: happy bunnies and very happy with the dealers.

For the rear foglight - may be relevant to folks. I looked and worked out how I could bodge it with a wire from RHS to LHS - that should work OK to give you one foglight on what is the offside here. But the dealers said they could do a proper job and turn on both foglights for €250. This one is most definitely hardware only issue. High price (they said) cos it needs some dismantling to get the extra cable across. So pleased with them about the headlights that we will book it in for the foglight upgrade in a few weeks.

I'll post update to confirm foglight upgrade works - and when (not if I hope) we pass the government test.
 

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Update. Went to test centre here to check if the reset headlights really do meet Portuguese law (because I am pessimistic and cynical) and sadly my gloomy perspective was validated - it failed! So, I have now bought LHD headlights, on their way from Poland. Next challenge is to see if I can get the dealers here to undo whatever they did o our software.
 
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