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    Default Over heating

    Hi All,

    This is just a story - with a good ending in my eyes.

    A few weeks ago I was driving my MY15 Octavia RS wagon, when suddenly the temp gauge shot up (not into the red, but very close) and a warning came up on the dash "Warning - engine over heating".

    I immediately stopped and turned the car off. I popped the bonnet and could not see anything amiss. The coolant level was okay, I could not see any coolant leaks or oil leaks. I checked the fuses - to make sure that the fans could operate, everything was okay. I checked the radiator - to make sure that nothing (like rubbish) was blocking it. I put my head under the car, and could not see anything wrong.

    I very tentatively started the car - no warnings, temp was normal. I checked the vehicle status - everything was clear... Hmmm.

    I turned around and headed home. On the way home I noticed that the temp would move from normal (12 noon) to about 2pm (below the red, but the car had NEVER done this before).

    I live about 70km from the nearest dealer, so I took it to the local mechanic and asked him to have a look at it. I didn't want to run the risk of driving it 70km, in traffic, and something going wrong.

    The local mechanic had a good look at it and said:"Come down and have a look at it - there is a weep on a plastic pipe in the cooling system. I rekon that air is getting in the system, hence you are seeing the temp going up and down"

    I went and had a look and there was a tiny weep. The mechanic agreed with me and said:"I wouldn't risk driving it to the dealer. Is it still under warranty?"

    Lucky for me it was - although the car only had 2 weeks left on the warranty! Eeek.

    Skoda had the car for a week, and replaced the (plastic) water pump under warranty. Which is a brilliant result.

    The Skoda dealer did ask:"Do you use this car as an Uber driver?" I answered honestly "Nope - why?".. The dealer said: "If you do, then it wouldn't be covered under warranty."

    It's a MY2015 (purchased in November 2015) and has just ticked over 185,000 km... I have barely driven it over the last 6 months as I live in Victoria...


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    yeah, good story and outcome mate. Strange about the Uber. I'm sure it's to do with the kays that are on the car... Sounds like it's used a lot!

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