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My 2014 Laurin & Klement Yeti has been into the local garage three times to discover the source of water leaking into the driver's side footwell. As posts on this site suggest, the water is running down the A pillar. I'd hoped it was a simple problem of cleaning or repairing a damaged drain tube but investigation shows that this isn't the problem. They are both fine. On its most recent trip to the garage the mechanic removed the trim and asked me to take the car away to see where exactly water comes in after rain.

It rained heavily last night rain and the car is awash with water this morning. Fortunately I had a tray on the driver's seat to collect it. It's clear that it's coming from the rectangular hole in the panel below the sunroof. I've pointed it out in the attached photo. This is no minor leak. It's coming in like a tap. With the trim in place this would be directed to the A pillar.

Back at the garage, the mechanic now doesn't know where to go next. Before he begins any more major dismantling he is wondering if any fellow Yeti owners have had a similar problem and might advise where he should now be looking.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions
Rob
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Welcome Rob.

I am afraid we are seeing this problem far too frequently and I wish there was a simple solution we could offer but the problem seems to be more due the the sunroof frame either warping or cracking than a simple blocked drain tube. Refitting the whole sunroof is a job that costs well over £2K and the most Skoda seem to offer is c£500 towards it. They refuse to admit there is a design problem but from evidence on this forum it is a common issue on the L&K. You could and possibly should, contact Skoda UK to add your complaint to what must be a growing number and don't let them fob you off with " it's not a known problem". It is!

Someone has had some success correcting the problem by using a liquid sealer that they were able to run into the cracked frame but it's no guarantee. You could try using duck tape, or similar, around the exterior of the sunroof frame and see if that stops the water ingress.
 

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Thanks Snowbird. I will pass this on to my local garage and see where that leads. I've been reluctant to go to the local Skoda dealer as a first step, not just because my local garage has always offered such good service. A fellow L&K owner who lives locally tells me that the Skoda dealer's initial response to the same problem was to replace the sunroof at a cost of £4500 only to find that it didn't fix the leak. It turned our to be a twisted drain pipe.
 

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Where are you situated Rob? Rainworth Skoda Mansfield offer a repair service but it's £1000-£1500
 

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Thanks Logiclee. I'm in rainy North Devon I'm afraid. It looks increasingly likely that I'm going to have to take it in to the Skoda dealer in Barnstaple - which is where I bought it in fact - and begin negotiations
 

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The way things look, I'd settle for a bill of £1000 to £1500
If there is an issue with the frame most dealers will quote £3500+ for a new roof.
 

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Ouch! Anyone want to buy a Yeti?
Obviously don't pay that but you may need to find a specialist or a dealer that will repair
 

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A very cheap Yeti with a water feature. sounds tempting.

I wonder how much it would cost to remove the sun roof and install a steel panel, then fit a headlining from a scrap car.
Sorry to read about more roof problems, I’ll know tomorrow if mine has any issues. Plan a) would be checking drainage channels and also the sealant fix. If not then plan b) and look at the option to remove roof, new panel and lining and spray it black. Cant be anymore than £1500 to sort.
 

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I read on another forum that an owner with a leaky sunroof had it vinyl-wrapped. No report on success or cost.
 

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You could try using duck tape, or similar, around the exterior of the sunroof frame and see if that stops the water ingress.
That would be my first port-of-call, probably using transparent helicopter tape after disabling the sunroof motor (e.g. removing the fuse). Possibly the neatest and cheapest "solution".
 

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My 2014 Laurin & Klement Yeti has been into the local garage three times to discover the source of water leaking into the driver's side footwell. As posts on this site suggest, the water is running down the A pillar. I'd hoped it was a simple problem of cleaning or repairing a damaged drain tube but investigation shows that this isn't the problem. They are both fine. On its most recent trip to the garage the mechanic removed the trim and asked me to take the car away to see where exactly water comes in after rain.

It rained heavily last night rain and the car is awash with water this morning. Fortunately I had a tray on the driver's seat to collect it. It's clear that it's coming from the rectangular hole in the panel below the sunroof. I've pointed it out in the attached photo. This is no minor leak. It's coming in like a tap. With the trim in place this would be directed to the A pillar.

Back at the garage, the mechanic now doesn't know where to go next. Before he begins any more major dismantling he is wondering if any fellow Yeti owners have had a similar problem and might advise where he should now be looking.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions
Rob
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I had same problem luckily in my case it was fixed under warranty. I do known, the cassette removed, seal and drain tubes had to be replaced,no small job, but at least it is now water tight
 

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My 2014 Laurin & Klement Yeti has been into the local garage three times to discover the source of water leaking into the driver's side footwell. As posts on this site suggest, the water is running down the A pillar. I'd hoped it was a simple problem of cleaning or repairing a damaged drain tube but investigation shows that this isn't the problem. They are both fine. On its most recent trip to the garage the mechanic removed the trim and asked me to take the car away to see where exactly water comes in after rain.

It rained heavily last night rain and the car is awash with water this morning. Fortunately I had a tray on the driver's seat to collect it. It's clear that it's coming from the rectangular hole in the panel below the sunroof. I've pointed it out in the attached photo. This is no minor leak. It's coming in like a tap. With the trim in place this would be directed to the A pillar.

Back at the garage, the mechanic now doesn't know where to go next. Before he begins any more major dismantling he is wondering if any fellow Yeti owners have had a similar problem and might advise where he should now be looking.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions
Rob
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I also have a 2014 L&K. Had it from new.

I have also had the same problems.

I have had four sunroofs in now including the original. It took only 18 months for the evidence to show itself with droplets of water showing on the black carpet in the drivers footwell. Skoda initially said it was blocked drains which they claimed they'd cleared but the problem happened again in a very short time. They "cleared" them again, and showed me what I should do to remedy the situation. It didn't work, it only got worse and the leak started coming in both footwells.

Finally they resorted to ordering and fitting a new sunroof at their expense. In time that failed too, but it was then falling outside the 3 year warranty. I had a ****'s own job of getting them to sort it at their expense again.

It involved talking to Skoda UK. In the end they sanctioned another sunroof and a £250 goodwill payment. I was having to leave my car in for analysis and repair for weeks on end and I felt I wasn't and hadn't been getting the enjoyment out of the car that had a right too.

In time, now over 5 years old, the problem came back again. It was obviously inherent. They tried to convince me to trade in, which I could not afford. I bought the car with an 8-10 year plan in mind.

Again I had arguements with the dealership and Skoda UK. They were basically asking me to trade in a car which had less than 20,000 miles with an inherent fault which they would inevitably sell on at a profit to some other hapless victim, only they would not have the same protection. I was disgusted.

Eventually I won my case and got it done again. And it failed again.

They have somehow fixed the problem now, touch wood. They can't explain how. I can only think they've gobbed some holes up. They have now stated that they don't want to see it again and have basically washed their hands of it.

This was during the first lockdown. There was big changes at the dealership, with the dedicated Skoda service department being transferred and swallowed up by the VW dealership on the same site. VW, in comparison are a far more ruthless, nasty and downright unhelpful bunch.

They showed this with the imminent MOT.

Skoda UK gave me another £200 to keep me quiet, when I presented this for the service and MOT, for the first time ever with still less than 25,000 on the clock, they failed it.

The claimed it was the front discs corroded and they wanted £600 to fix them. I opted to use an independent who apart from charging me a fraction of the cost, informed me and showed me that there was nothing wrong with them. Given the mileage I was doing and the manner in which I drive, they had several years left on them. I kept them as evidence. Indeed, the only "corrosion" was the rust ring where the pads don't touch. I knocked the flaking bits off with the wooden end of a screwdriver and the metal underneath was bright, true and unworn.

I returned the car for retest to the dealer. I left it parked and chalk marked the orientation of the tyres and noted the mileage.

I kept an eye on it for the hour it was there whilst wandering around the site. I went in and picked it up an hour later with the pass notification. I was fed up with arguing but the car had never moved from where I parked it. I would have thought that with having the brakes completely changed, a rolling road test should have been done, but it wasn't.

I have lost a lot of faith in Skoda over this. A great car spoilt by the experience with the dealership and the UK head office. Skoda and VW have no idea how to treat customers with respect. VW are the worst of the two.

It hasn't put me off another Skoda, but needless to say, I will never have another sunroof as long as I live.
 

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I have lost a lot of faith in Skoda over this. A great car spoilt by the experience with the dealership and the UK head office. Skoda and VW have no idea how to treat customers with respect. VW are the worst of the two.
Never venture into a Suzuki dealer in that case! :rolleyes:

As for VW - can you expect anything different? From the company whose culture denied the existence of an emissions test "defeat device" for nine years. And are continuing to deny it ever existed in the UK courts. Despite being found guilty of installing just such devices in the courts of USA, Australia and even Germany already.
 

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Never venture into a Suzuki dealer in that case! :rolleyes:

As for VW - can you expect anything different? From the company whose culture denied the existence of an emissions test "defeat device" for nine years. And are continuing to deny it ever existed in the UK courts. Despite being found guilty of installing just such devices in the courts of USA, Australia and even Germany already.
I wasn't going to do it, (join a class action), at the beginning when I bought the car, because I wasn't that bothered about the emission problem. I didn't know enough about it and I loved the car.

Then when I started having problems, and they continued to be a problem and the beligerence of Skoda UK and the dealership, I changed my mind and thought sod it. In for a penny and all that.

I can't see anything happening in my life time however, the way it's proceeding.
 

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That would be my first port-of-call, probably using transparent helicopter tape after disabling the sunroof motor (e.g. removing the fuse). Possibly the neatest and cheapest "solution".
That's the plan here if I run into problems further down the road. I only took the chance with a sunroof because my Yeti is permanently garaged.
 
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I read on another forum that an owner with a leaky sunroof had it vinyl-wrapped. No report on success or cost.
I have been told that vinyl wrapping is not a permanent solution because of the air space underneath the vinyl where it bridges the gap around the sunroof.
 
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