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Skoda Citigo (2019 year). Instruction - part 7

 

 

WARNING

When washing your vehicle in the winter: Water and ice in the braking

system can affect the braking efficiency – risk of accident!

Take care when cleaning the underbody or the inside of the wheel wells -

there is a risk of injury from sharp metal parts!

CAUTION

Do not wash the vehicle in direct sunlight, do not exert pressure on the body

while washing. The temperature of the washing water should be no more than

60 °C max. - otherwise there is a risk of damaging the vehicle paint.

Before driving through a car wash fold in the exterior mirrors - risk of dam-

age.

For vehicles with roof antenna the antenna rod should be unscrewed before

driving through a car wash - there is a risk of damage.

CAUTION

Washing the vehicle with high-pressure cleaners

Do not wash the foils using pressure washers - there is a risk of damage.

Do not aim the water jet directly at the lock cylinders or the door or opening

joints when washing the vehicle in the winter – there is a risk of freezing.

During cleaning, always keep a sufficiently large spraying distance in particu-

lar from the parking sensors, the external decorative and protective plastic

parts (e.g. roof racks, spoilers, protective strips) and other vehicle parts made

of non-metallic materials, such as rubber hoses or insulation materials - other-

wise there is a risk of damage.

Exterior car care

Read and observe   and   on page 105 first.

Vehicle compo-

nents

Circumstances

Remedy

Paint

Spilled fuel

Clear water, cloth, (clean as soon as

possible)

No water drop-

lets form on the

paint

Use hard wax preserve (at least twice a

year), apply wax to clean and dry body

Paint has gone

matt

Use polish, then wax (if the polish does

not contain any preservative ingredi-

ents)

Plastic parts

Soiling

Clear water, cloth / sponge, possibly

cleaners provided for this purpose

Chrome

and anodised

parts

Soiling

clear water, cloth, possibly cleaners

provided for this purpose, clean then

polish with a soft dry cloth

Films

Soiling

soft sponge and mild soap solution

a)

Windowpanes

and external mir-

ror glass

Soiling

Wash with clean water and dry with a

wipe specifically for that purpose

Head / tail lights

Soiling

soft sponge and mild soap solution

a)

Door lock cylin-

ders

Snow/ice

De-icing fluid specifically for that pur-

pose

Wiper / wiper

blades

Soiling

Windscreen cleaner, sponge or cloth

Wheels

Soiling

Clear water, then apply appropriate

substance

a)

A mild soap solution consisting of 2 tablespoons of natural soap to 1 litre of lukewarm water.

The jack is maintenance-free. If necessary, the moving parts of the jack should

be lubricated with a suitable lubricant.

Protection of cavities

All the cavities of your vehicle which are at risk from corrosion are protected

by a layer of long-lasting protective wax applied in the factory.

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If any small amount of wax flow out of the cavities at high temperatures, these

must be removed with a plastic scraper and the stains cleaned using a petrole-

um cleaner.

Underbody

The underside of your vehicle is already permanently protected by the factory

against chemical and mechanical influences.
We recommend having the protective coating — preferably before the begin-

ning of winter and at the end of winter.

Product life of the films

Environmental influences (eg. sunlight, humidity, air pollution, chipping) will af-

fect the life of the films. Films will age and become brittle - this is entirely nor-

mal; this is not a fault.
The sunlight may also affect the strength of the film colour.
When transporting a load on the roof rack (e.g. roof box or similar) there is an

increased risk of film damage (e.g. of chipping from the secured load).

CAUTION

Vehicle paint

Repair damaged areas as soon as possible.

Matt-painted parts should not be treated with polishes or hard waxes.

Do not polish in a dusty environment - risk of paint scratches.

Do not apply any paint care products to door seals or window guides.

Plastic parts

Do not use paint polish.

Chromed and anodised parts

Do not polish in a dusty environment - risk of surface scratches.

Films

The following instructions must be observed, otherwise there is a risk of film

damage.

Do not use dirty cloths or sponges for cleaning.

Do not use a scraper or other means to remove ice and snow.

Do not polish the films

Do not use a high pressure cleaner on the films.

Rubber seals

Do not treat the door seals and window guides deal with anything - the

protective varnish coating could be damaged.

Windows and door mirrors

Do not clean the inside of the windows with sharp objects - there is a risk

of damage to the filaments.

Do not use a cloth which has been used to polish the body - this could dirty

the window and impair visibility.

Head / tail lights

Do not wipe head/tail lamps dry, do not use any sharp objects - risk of dam-

age to the protective coating and cracks forming on the headlamp glass cov-

ers.

Door lock cylinders

Make sure that as little water as possible gets into the locking cylinder

when washing the vehicle - there is a risk of freezing the lock cylinder!

Wheels

Heavy soiling of the wheels can affect the balance of the wheels - the re-

sult can be a vibration, which can cause premature wear of the steering.

Caring for the interior

Read and observe   and   on page 105 first.

Vehicle compo-

nents

Circumstances

Remedy

Natural leather /

Faux leather /

Alcantara

®

 /

Fabric

Dust, surface

soiling

Vacuum cleaner

Soiling (fresh)

Water, slightly damp cotton / wool

cloth, if necessary, mild soap solution

a)

,

then wipe off with a soft cloth

Stubborn stains Cleaning fluid specifically for this task

Care (natural

leather)

Treat the leather periodically with a

leather protecting fluid / use a care

cream with light blocker and impregna-

tion after each cleaning

Care (Alcan-

tara

®

 / material)

Remove stubborn hair using a “cleaning

glove”.

Remove pills from materials with a

brush

Plastic parts

Soiling

Water, slightly damp cloth or sponge, if

necessary cleaners specifically for this

purpose

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Vehicle compo-

nents

Circumstances

Remedy

Windows

Soiling

Wash with clean water and dry with a

wipe specifically for that purpose

Covers on electri-

cally heated seats Soiling

Cleaners specifically for this purpose

Seat belts 

» 

Soiling

soft cloth and mild soap solution

a)

a)

A mild soap solution consisting of 2 tablespoons of natural soap to 1 litre of lukewarm water.

WARNING

Never clean the seat belts chemically as chemical cleaning products could

destroy the fabric.

Air fresheners and scents can be hazardous to heath when the tempera-

ture inside the vehicle is high.

CAUTION

Natural leather / Faux leather / Alcantara

®

 / material

Avoid standing for lengthy periods in bright sunlight, and protect the mate-

rials by covering to prevent them from fading.

Remove fresh stains (e.g. from pens, lipstick, shoe polish and similar) as

soon as possible.

Ensure that no part of the leather is soaked through during cleaning and

that no water gets into the seams - risk of damaging the leather!

Do not clean the roof panelling with a brush – risk of damage to the surface

of the panelling.

Do not use leather cleaners, floor wax, shoe cream, stain remover or similar

agents on Alcantara

®

 seat upholstery.

Some clothing fabrics (e.g. dark denim) do not have sufficient colour fast-

ness - this could lead to clearly visible discolouration on the upholstery. This

is not a defect in the fabric.

Sharp objects on garments (e.g. zips, rivets, sharp- edged belts) can dam-

age the upholstery fabrics in the vehicle. Such damage will not be recognised

as a justified complaint.

Plastic parts

Do not attach scents or air fresheners to the dash panel – risk of damage to

the dash panel.

Windows

Do not attach any stickers to the filaments - there is risk of damage.

Covers on electrically heated seats

Do not clean either with water or with other liquids - risk of damage to the

heating system.

Do not dry by switching on the heating.

Seat belts

After cleaning the belts, allow them to dry before retracting them.

Note

During vehicle use, some minor changes may become visible on the leather

and Alcantara

®

(due to e.g. folds, discolouration).

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Inspecting and replenishing

Fuel

Introduction

Fig. 134  Label with prescribed fuel / graphic designation of fuel types

The correct fuel for your vehicle is specified on the inside of the fuel filler

flap

» Fig. 134

.

The fuel tank has a capacity of about 35 litres, including a reserve of approx.

4 litres.
Graphic name of the fuel types 

» Fig. 134

Unleaded petrol
Diesel
CNG (compressed natural gas)
Percentage of organic

WARNING

Fuel vapours are explosive - can be fatal!

A
B
C
D

CAUTION

Never drive until the fuel tank is completely empty! Irregular supply of fuel

can cause misfiring, which can result in damage to parts of the engine and the

exhaust system.

Immediately remove any fuel that has spilled onto the vehicle's paintwork –

risk of paint damage.

If you would like to operate your vehicle in countries other than those with

the intended weather conditions, please contact a ŠKODA partner. They will

tell you whether the fuel specified by the manufacturer is offered in that coun-

try and/or whether the manufacturer will sanction operating the vehicle with

another fuel.

Petrol Refuelling

Fig. 135  Opening the fuel filler flap / unscrewing the tank cap / placing

the tank cap on the fuel filler flap

Read and observe   and   on page 109 first.

Switch off the ignition.

Open out the fuel filler flap in the direction of arrow 

1

 

» Fig. 135

.

Hold the fuel tank cap firmly and unlock with the key counter-clockwise.

Unscrew the tank cap in the direction of arrow 

2

.

Remove the tank cap and place on top of the filler flap in direction of arrow

3

.

Insert the pump nozzle into the fuel filler tube as far as it will go.

The fuel tank is full as soon as the pump nozzle switches off for the first time.

Not continue refuelling.

Remove the pump nozzle from the fuel filler tube and put it back in the

pump.

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Screw in the tank cap in the opposite direction to the arrow 

2

 until it audi-

bly locks into place.

Hold the fuel cap hold firmly, lock with the key clockwise and remove the

key.

Close the fuel filler flap until it clicks into place.

Unleaded petrol

Read and observe   and   on page 109 first.

The correct fuel for the vehicle is specified on the inside of the fuel filler flap

» Fig. 134

 on page 109.

The vehicle can only be operated with unleaded petrol containing a maximum

of 10% bioethanol (E10).
Unleaded petrol must meet European standard EN 228 (in Germany DIN

51626-1 or E10 for unleaded petrol with octane numbers 95 and 91).

Specified petrol is 95 RON / ROZ

Use min. 95 ROZ petrol.
In an emergency9192 or93 ROZ petrol can be used (slight loss of power,

slightly increased fuel consumption) 

» 

.

CAUTION

The following instructions must be observed, otherwise there is a risk of dam-

age to the engine and to the exhaust system.

When petrol with a lower than the prescribed octane is used, only continue

driving at mid-range engine speeds and with minimal strain on the engine. Re-

fuel using petrol of the prescribed octane number as soon as possible.

Lower than 91 octane petrol should not be used, even in an emergency!

If a fuel other than unleaded fuel which complies to the above mentioned

standards (e.g. leaded petrol) is put in the tank by mistake, do not start the en-

gine or switch on the ignition.

CAUTION

Petrol additives (additives)

Unleaded petrol in accordance with the prescribed standards meets all the

conditions for a smooth running engine. We therefore do not recommend mix-

ing fuel additives into the petrol - risk of engine damage or damage to the ex-

haust system.

The following additives may not be used - risk of engine damage or dam-

age to the exhaust system!

Additives with metal components (metallic additives), in particular with

manganese and iron content.

Fuels with metallic content (e.g. LRP - lead replacement petrol).

Note

Unleaded petrol that has a higher octane number than that required by the

engine can be used without limitations.

On vehicles using the prescribed unleaded petrol of min. 95 RON, the use of

petrol with a higher octane number than 95 RON can lead to an increase in

power and reduction in fuel consumption.

Refuelling with CNG (compressed natural gas)

Fig. 136  Natural gas filler tubes

Read and observe   and   on page 109 first.

Natural gas refuelling may vary from station to station. When refuelling with

natural gas at a station unfamiliar to you, you should get someone to instruct

you or allow the fuelling operation carried out by the station staff.

Refuelling operation

Switch off the ignition.

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Open the fuel filler flap.

Remove cap 

A

 

» Fig. 136

 in the direction of the arrow and insert connector

for the refuelling system into filler neck 

B

.

The fuel tank is full when the compressor of the refuelling system automatical-

ly switches off.

Check that sealing ring 

C

 

» Fig. 136

 has remained inserted in filler neck 

B

. If

the sealing ring has slipped on the connector, reinsert it into the filler neck.

Insert cap 

A

 into the filler neck and close the fuel filler flap until it locks into

place.

The natural gas refuelling systems have an overfill protection relating to the

outdoor temperature. At very high outside temperatures, it may happen that

the gas tank may not be fully refuelled.
If the car is parked directly after a refuelling operation, on restart the pointer

of the gas gauge may not show exactly the same level as immediately after the

filling process. This is not a leak in the system, but a reduction in pressure due

to the cooling of the gas in the gas tank after refuelling.
The maximum lifetime of the gas tank is 20 years.
The capacity of the natural gas fuel tank is about 11 kg, of which about 1.5 kg

are in the reserve tank.
The capacity of the petrol fuel tank is approximately 10 litres, of which about 5

litres is in the reserve tank.

WARNING

Natural gas is highly explosive and highly flammable.

When refuelling, never get into the vehicle. If you have to get into your

vehicle in exceptional cases, touch a metal surface before you touch the fill-

ing coupling again. Otherwise, electrostatic discharging may occur - risk of

fire!

CAUTION

LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) and hythane (mix-

ture of hydrogen and methane) must not be used - there is a risk of damaging

the engine and the exhaust system.

Note

During the filling process sounds are heard which are harmless. If you are un-

sure which service station staff to use, ask the petrol station staff.

CNG

Fig. 137  Position of the CNG label(s).

Read and observe   and   on page 109 first.

A G-TEC-vehicle may be operated with CNG and unleaded petrol.
Positioning of the CNG sticker in natural gas vehicles 

» Fig. 137

.

Automatically switching over from natural gas mode to petrol mode

The vehicle automatically switches from natural gas to petrol, for example, if

the following situations occur.

With an empty gas tank or not enough pressure in the tank.

After natural gas refueling (for protecting the petrol fuel system).

At very low surrounding temperatures.

Never fully empty the petrol tank. After the warning light comes on 

 Refuel

petrol at the nearest petrol station.
To ensure the correct functioning of the fuel system, every 6 months the fuel

tank should be run down until the warning light 

 comes on.

Gas leak

If a gas leak is suspected (noticeable odour), proceed as follows.

Stop the vehicle.

Switch off the ignition.

Extinguish cigarettes, switch off spark-producing or incendiary items and re-

move them from the vehicle.

Open doors and the boot lid to ventilate the vehicle sufficiently.

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Do not continue if the odour persists.

If it is not possible to drive a vehicle with a gas leak out of an enclosed area

(e.g. tunnel, underpass, garage, ferry etc.), call the emergency services imme-

diately.

Seek help from a specialist garage to correct the gas system fault.

In a traffic accident

If a gas leak is suspected in a traffic accident, proceed as follows.

Switch off the ignition.

Extinguish cigarettes, switch off spark-producing or incendiary items and re-

move them from the vehicle.

Have all the occupants get out.

Keep all persons away from the vehicle. We recommend standing at least 10

metres from the vehicle.

Inform the emergency services that it is a natural gas vehicle.

Regular gas system checks

Regular gas system checks on natural gas-powered vehicles must be carried

out in a specialist workshops. The vehicle owner is responsible for ensuring

tests are carried out in accordance with regulations.
Every 2 years

check the filler cap.

Check the condition of the filler necks and sealing ring in the filler necks, and

clean the sealing ring if necessary.

Check the gas system for leaks and carry out an examination of gas contain-

ers.

Every 20 years

replace the gas tank.

WARNING

Do not underestimate the smell of gas in the car or when refuelling - it

may result in fire, explosion and injury.

The natural gas tanks in the vehicle must not be exposed to unwanted

heat sources.

CAUTION

In the event of contact between the vehicle underbody and an obstacle or in

the event of an accident, the gas container may become damaged. If this is the

case, have the vehicle checked by a specialist garage immediately. If you smell

gas, 

 stop driving! Switch off the engine and seek assistance from a special-

ist garage.

Engine compartment

Introduction

WARNING

Never cover the engine with additional insulation material (e.g. with a cov-

er) – risk of fire!

WARNING

When working in the engine compartment, the following instructions must

be observed - otherwise risk of injury or fire. The engine compartment of

your car is a hazardous area!

WARNING

Instructions before beginning work in the engine compartment

Turn off the engine and remove the ignition key.

Firmly apply the handbrake.

For vehicles with instruction transmission the lever into the neutral position.

For vehicles with automated instruction transmission shift the lever to posi-

tion N.

Allow the engine to cool.

Never open the bonnet if you can see steam or coolant flowing out of the

engine compartment – risk of scalding! Wait until the steam or coolant has

stopped escaping.

WARNING

Information for working in the engine compartment

Keep everyone away from the engine compartment.

Do not touch any hot engine parts – risk of burns!

Never touch the radiator fan. The radiator fan may still turn suddenly

about 10 minutes after switching off the ignition!

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WARNING (Continued)

Do not smoke in the vicinity of the engine and avoid the use of open

flames or sparks.

Do not leave any items (e.g. cloths or tools) in the engine compartment.

This presents a fire hazard and the risk of engine damage.

Read and observe the information and warning instructions on the fluid

containers.

WARNING

Information for working in the engine compartment with the engine run-

ning

If it is necessary to work on the engine with the engine running, beware

of rotating engine parts and electrical plants - they can be fatal!

Never touch the electric wiring on the ignition system.

Avoid short circuits in the electrical system, particularly on the vehicle's

battery.

CAUTION

Only refill using fluids with the proper specification - risk of damage to the ve-

hicle!

Note

Fluids with the proper specifications can be purchased from the ŠKODA

Original Accessories or from the ŠKODA Genuine Parts ranges.

We recommend you have the operating fluids replaced by a specialist ga-

rage.

Opening and closing the bonnet

Fig. 138  Opening the bonnet

Read and observe   and   on page 112 first.

Open flap

Ensure that the windscreen wipers are not raised away from the windscreen

- risk of damage to the bonnet.

Open the front door and pull the release lever below the dash panel in the

direction of arrow 

1

 

» Fig. 138

.

Press the release lever in the direction of arrow 

2

 and the bonnet will be un-

locked.

Raise the bonnet in the direction of the arrow 

3

.

Remove the lid prop in the direction of arrow 

4

 from its fixture 

A

 .

Secure the open bonnet lid by inserting the end of the support into the open-

ing in the direction of arrow 

5

.

Close the flap

Lift the bonnet.

Decouple the bonnet support and press into the holder designed to hold it.

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Drop down the bonnet lid from a height of about 20 cm applying light pres-

sure until it clicks safely into place.

Check that the bonnet is closed.

WARNING

Never drive with the bonnet lid not properly closed - risk of accident!

Make sure that when closing the bonnet, no body parts are crushed -

there is danger of injury!

CAUTION

When closing the bonnet “do not press down” - there is a risk of damaging the

bonnet.

Engine compartment overview

Fig. 139  Arrangement (example) in the engine compartment

Read and observe   and   on page 112 first.

Engine oil dipstick

115

Brake fluid reservoir

116

Vehicle battery

117

Engine oil filler opening

115

Coolant expansion reservoir

116

Windscreen washer fluid reservoir

114

A
B
C
D

E
F

Windscreen washer fluid

Fig. 140 

Windscreen washer fluid reser-

voir

Read and observe   and   on page 112 first.

The windscreen washer fluid reservoir 

A

 is located in the engine compart-

ment 

» Fig. 140

.

The capacity of the reservoir is approximately 3 litres.
Use a suitable windscreen washer fluid for the current or expected weather

conditions. We recommend that you use windscreen washer fluid from

ŠKODA Original Accessories.

CAUTION

Only use liquids that do not attack polycarbonates - otherwise there is a risk

of damage to the headlights.

Do not remove the filter from the windscreen washer fluid reservoir when

replenishing it with liquid otherwise the liquid transportation system can be-

come contaminated, which can cause the windscreen washer system to mal-

function.

Engine oil

Specification

To find out which type of engine oil you can use for your vehicle, contact a

specialist garage.
If this oil is not available, other oils can also be refilled. To prevent engine dam-

age, a maximum of 0.5 l of engine oil with the following specifications may be

used until the next oil change: VW 502 00, ACEA A3/ACEA B4 or API SN, (API

SM).

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Fig. 141 

Dipstick

The engine uses up some oil, depending on driving style and operating condi-

tions (up to 0.5 l / 1 000 km). Consumption may be slightly higher than this

during the first 5 000 km.
Have the oil change carried out by a specialist garage during the inspection.
Check and refill oil under the following conditions.

The vehicle is standing on a horizontal surface.
The engine operating temperature is reached.
The engine is turned off.

Checking the level

Wait a few minutes until the engine oil flows back into the oil trough.

Pull the dipstick out and wipe with a clean cloth.

Push the dipstick back to the stop and then pull it out again.

Read the oil level and push the dipstick back in.

The oil level must lie in range 

A

 

» Fig. 141

. If the oil level is below range 

A

, oil

must be added.

Refilling

Unscrew the cap of the engine oil filler opening 

D

 

» Fig. 139

 on page 114.

Add oil of the correct specification in portions of 0.5 litres 

» page 114

.

Check the oil level.

Screw the lid of the engine oil filler closed carefully.

WARNING

The following instructions must be followed at all times when working on

the engine compartment 

» page 112

.

CAUTION

The oil level must never fall outside range 

A

 

» Fig. 141

 - otherwise there is a

risk of damaging the engine and the exhaust system.

If a top up with oil is not possible or the oil level is above range 

A

 do not

continue driving! Switch off the engine and seek assistance from a specialist

garage.

Do not add any additives to the engine oil - risk of engine damage.

Note

If the engine oil level is too low, a warning light lights up in the instrument

cluster 

 

» page 27

. Nevertheless, we recommend checking the oil level on a

regular basis using the dipstick.

We recommend that you use oils from ŠKODA Original Accessories.

Coolant

Introduction

The coolant helps to keep the engine temperature down, and consists of water

and coolant additive (with additives that protect the cooling system against

corrosion and prevent furring).
The proportion of coolant additive in the coolant must be 40 to 60 %.
The correct mix of water and coolant additive should be checked and if neces-

sary corrected by a specialist garage.

WARNING

The following instructions must be followed at all times when working on

the engine compartment 

» page 112

.

Never open the end cover of the coolant expansion reservoir while the

engine is still warm. The cooling system is pressurised - risk of scalding or

injury from splashes of coolant!

To protect against the coolant splashing, cover the cap with a cloth when

opening.

Coolant and coolant fumes are harmful - avoid contact with the coolant.

If the coolant comes into contact with the eye or skin, wash the affected

area with plenty of water for several minutes, and where appropriate seek

medical help.

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CAUTION

Do not cover the radiator and install any parts (e.g auxiliary lights.) in front of

the air intakes - risk of the engine overheating.

Checking and refilling

Fig. 142 

Coolant expansion reservoir

Read and observe   and   on page 115 first.

Check and refill coolant under the following conditions.

The vehicle is on a horizontal surface.
The engine is not warm (if the engine is warm the result of the check may

be wrong).
The engine is turned off.

Check the coolant level - The coolant level must lie between the marks 

A

and 

B

 

» Fig. 142

. If the coolant level is below the mark 

B

, top up with coolant.

Refilling

The reservoir must always contain a small amount of coolant 

» 

.

Place a cloth over the cap of the coolant expansion tank and unscrew the cap

carefully.

Always top up using coolant of the correct specification.

Turn the cap until it clicks into place.

The specification for the coolant is shown in the coolant expansion reservoir

» Fig. 142

.

If the specified coolant is not available, then refilling only with distilled or dem-

ineralised water, and get a specialist garage to correct the water-coolant addi-

tive mix as soon as possible.

CAUTION

If the expansion tank is empty, do not top up with coolant. The system could

aerate - risk of engine damage! 

 Do not drive the vehicle! Switch off the en-

gine and seek assistance from a specialist garage.

Do not fill the coolant above the mark 

A

 

» Fig. 142

. The coolant could, when

heated, be expelled from the cooling system - risk of damage to the engine

parts.

If it is not possible to add coolant, 

 do not continue driving! Switch off the

engine and seek assistance from a specialist garage.

A coolant additive which does not correspond to the correct specification

can reduce the anti-corrosion effect of the cooling system - risk of damage to

the cooling system and the engine.

If non-distilled (non-demineralised) water has been used to top up, the cool-

ant should be replaced by a specialist garage - risk of engine damage.

A loss of coolant indicates leaks in the cooling system - risk of engine dam-

age. Top up with coolant and then seek assistance from a specialist garage.

Note

If the coolant level is too low, a warning light lights up in the instrument clus-

ter

» page 27

. We still recommend inspecting the coolant level directly at the

reservoir from time to time.

Brake fluid

Fig. 143 

Brake fluid reservoir

Check the brake fluid under the following conditions.

The vehicle is on a horizontal surface.
The engine is turned off.

Check brake fluid level - The brake fluid level must lie between the markings

“MIN” and “MAX” 

» Fig. 143

.

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Specification - The brake fluid must comply with the standard VW 501 14

(this standard meets the requirements of FMVSS 116 DOT4).
The brake fluid change is carried out during the inspection.

WARNING

If the date of the brake fluid change is exceeded, steam bubbles could

form in the brake system during heavy braking. This can impair the efficien-

cy of the brakes – risk of accident!

The following instructions must be followed at all times when working on

the engine compartment 

» page 112

.

If the fluid level drops significantly within a short time or if it drops below

the “MIN” 

» Fig. 143

 mark, this may be an indication of a leak in the brake

system. 

 Do not continue driving - There is a risk of accident! Seek help

from a specialist garage.

Note

A low brake fluid level is indicated by the warning light 

 in the instrument

cluster 

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 Braking system. We still recommend inspecting the brake

fluid level in the reservoir from time to time.

Vehicle battery

Introduction

The vehicle battery represents a power source for the motor to start and for

the supply of electrical consumers in the car.

Automatic consumer shutdown - Car battery discharge protection

The on-board power supply system tries to prevent the vehicle battery from

discharging in the following ways when it is subject to heavy loading.

By increasing the engine idle speed.

Through the power limitation of certain consumers.

By switching off some consumers (heated seats, heated rear window) for as

long as necessary.

Warning symbols on the vehicle battery

Symbol

Importance

Always wear eye protection.

Battery acid is severely caustic. Always wear gloves and eye pro-

tection.

Keep fire, sparks, open flames and lit cigarettes well clear of the

vehicle battery.

When charging the vehicle battery, a highly explosive gas mixture

is produced.

Keep children away from the vehicle battery.

WARNING

Battery acid is highly corrosive - it can cause injury, chemical burns or poi-

soning! Corrosive vapours in the air irritate and damage the respiratory

tract and the eyes. The following guidelines must be observed.

Always wear protective gloves, eye and skin protection when handling

the vehicle battery.

If your eyes or skin come into contact with the electrolytic fluid, immedi-

ately wash the affected area for a few minutes with a lot of water. Get

medical assistance without delay.

Keep the vehicle battery away from people who are not completely inde-

pendent (e.g. children).

Do not tilt the battery otherwise battery electrolyte may flow out of the

battery vent openings.

WARNING

Working on the car battery may cause explosion, fire, injury or chemical

burn! The following guidelines must be observed.

Do not smoke, use open flames or light or transmitting devices.

A discharged vehicle battery may freeze slightly. Never charge up a fro-

zen or thawed vehicle battery. Replace a frozen vehicle battery.

Never use a damaged vehicle battery.

Do not connect the battery terminals, bridging the two poles will cause a

short circuit.

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CAUTION

Ensure that battery acid does not come into contact with the bodywork – risk

of damage to the paintwork.

Note

We recommend having all work on the vehicle battery carried out by a spe-

cialist garage.

You should replace batteries older than 5 years.

Checking the condition

Fig. 144 

Vehicle battery: Electrolyte level

indicator

Read and observe   and   on page 117 first.

The battery condition is checked regularly by a specialist garage as part of the

inspection service.

Check the acid level

For car batteries with acid level indicator, acidity can be checked on the basis

of a colour display. In vehicle batteries with the label “AGM” there is no acid

level examination.
Air bubbles can influence the colour of the indicator. For this reason carefully

tap on the indicator before carrying out the check 

» Fig. 144

.

Black colour – electrolyte level is correct.
Colourless or light yellow colour – electrolyte level too low, the battery must

be replaced.

Battery discharge

If frequent short journeys are made, the vehicle battery does not recharge suf-

ficiently.
The battery capacity decreases at low temperatures.

If the vehicle is not used for longer than 3 to 4 weeks, then disconnect the

negative terminal  of the battery or charge the battery constantly with a very

low charging current.

Charging

Read and observe   and   on page 117 first.

Only charge the battery when the ignition and all consumers are switched off.
Refer to the instructions of the charger manufacturer.

Charging

For vehicles with the START-STOP system or auxiliary heater 

, connect the

-terminal of the charger on the battery’s 

 - pole,  the - terminal of the

charger to the ground point of the engine 

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.

For vehicles without the START-STOP system or auxiliary heating, connect

the charger terminals to the corresponding battery poles (

 to 

,  to ).

Plug the mains cable of the charger into the power socket and switch on the

device.

After charging has been successful: Switch off the charger and remove the

mains cable from the power socket.

Disconnect the terminals of the charger from the vehicle battery.

A charging current of 0.1 multiple of the total vehicle battery capacity (or low-

er) must be used until full charging is achieved.

WARNING

When charging the vehicle battery, hydrogen is released - risk of explo-

sion. An explosion can be caused through sparking while unclamping or

loosening the cable plug.

So-called“quick-charging” of the vehicle battery is dangerous and re-

quires a special charger and specialist knowledge. Therefore, “Quick load-

ing” must be carried out by a specialist garage.

Disconnecting/reconnecting and changing

Read and observe   and   on page 117 first.

The new vehicle battery must have the same capacity, voltage, current and

size as the original battery.
We recommend you have the battery replaced by a specialist garage.

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To disconnect, switch off the ignition and disconnect the negative terminal

first , then disconnect the positive terminal 

.

When reconnecting the battery, reconnect the positive terminal first 

,

then connect the negative terminal .

If the battery is disconnected and reconnected, it is possible that the time dis-

play is reset 

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CAUTION

Disconnect the battery only with the ignition and consumers turned off - risk

of damaging the electrical system of the vehicle.

Before disconnecting the battery, always close the power windows and the

tilt/slide sunroof - otherwise the electrics for these may malfunction.

Under no circumstances mix up the charging cables – risk of fire.

Note

After disconnecting and reconnecting the vehicle battery, we recommend

having the vehicle checked by a specialist to ensure that the full functionality

of the vehicle is guaranteed.

Wheels

Wheels and tyres

Advice on tyre/wheel usage

During the first 500 km, new tyres do not offer optimum grip; appropriate

care should therefore be taken when driving.
Tyres with the deeper profiles should always be fitted to the front wheels.
Rims and wheel bolts are matched to each other in terms of design. We rec-

ommend that you use rims and wheel bolts from ŠKODA Original Accessories.
Wheels and tyres should always be stored in a cool, dry and dark place. The

tyres themselves should be stored vertically.

Tyre life

Tyres age and lose their original characteristics, even if they are not being

used. Do not use tyres that are older than 6 years.
The manufacturing date is indicated on the tyre sidewall (possibly on the in-

side). E.g. DOT ... 10 18... means that the tyres were produced in the 10th week

of the year 2018.

Tyre damage

We recommend checking your tyres and wheel rims for damage (punctures,

cuts, splits and bulges etc.) on a regular basis.
Remove any foreign objects in the tyre’s profile immediately (e.g. small

stones).
Foreign bodies which have penetrated into the tyre (e.g. screws or nails)

should not be removed and help should be sought from a specialist garage.

Fitting new tyres

Only fit approved radial tyres of the same type, size (rolling circumference) and

the same tread pattern on one axle on all four wheels.
When mounting new tires the tires have to be replaced axle by axle.

Unidirectional tyres

The direction of rotation of the tyres is marked by arrows on the wall of the

tyre.

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The specified running direction must be strictly adhered to, otherwise the fol-

lowing tyre characteristics may be degraded.

Driving stability.

Traction.

Tyre noise and tyre wear.

WARNING

Never use damaged tyres or tyres that are older than 6 years, go - risk of

accident.

CAUTION

The tyres must be protected from contact with substances (e.g. oil, grease

and fuel) which could damage them. If the tyres come into contact with these

substances, then we recommend you have this checked out in a specialist

workshop.

Do not use alloy rims with a burnished or polished surface in winter condi-

tions - there is a risk of wheel damage (e.g. from the road grit).

Tyre pressure

Fig. 145  An example on the position of the sticker / tyre inflation

The specified tyre pressures are shown on label 

A

 

» Fig. 145

.

The sticker can be located at the following locations.

B-pillar on the driver's side.

Inside of the fuel filler flap.

Tyre pressure is always to match the load.

Inflation pressure for cold tyres
Inflation pressure for half load
Inflation pressure for increased driving comfort at half load (slightly in-

creased fuel consumption and emissions)
Inflation pressure for full load
Tyre pressure value on the front axle
Tyre pressure value on the rear axle

The approved tyre sizes for your vehicle are listed in the vehicle's technical

documentation and in the declaration of conformity (the so-called COC docu-

ment).

Check tyre pressures

Check the tyre pressure, including that of the spare wheel, at least once a

month and also before setting off on a long journey.
Always check the inflation pressure when the tyres are cold. Do not reduce

the higher pressure on warm tyres.
In vehicles with tyre pressure monitoring, tyre pressure values must be saved

each time the pressures are changed 

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WARNING

Do not drive with incorrect tyre pressure - risk of accident.

In the event of very rapid pressure loss (e.g. in the event of tyre damage)

an attempt should be made to bring the vehicle carefully to a stop without

sudden steering movements and without any hard braking - risk of acci-

dent.

Note

The declaration of conformity (the so-called COC document), can be obtained

from a ŠKODA

1)

 partner.

B
C
D

E
F

G

1)

Only valid for some countries and some models.

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Tyre wear and wheel change

Fig. 146  Tyre wear indicator / wheel change

Tyre wear increases in the following circumstances.

Incorrect tyre pressures.

Driving style (e.g. fast cornering, rapid acceleration / braking).

Incorrect wheel balancing (you should have the wheels balanced after chang-

ing/repair tyres or if the steering “is drifting”).

Wheel alignment errors.

There are wear indicator markersin the tyre profiles, indicating whether the

minimum permissible tread depth has been reached 

» Fig. 146

 - . A tyre

should be regarded as worn out when this indicator is flush with the tread.

Markings on the walls of the tyres with the letters “TWI” or other symbols (e.g.

), identify the position of the wear indicators.

To ensure uniform wear on all tyres, we recommend that you change the

wheels every 10 000 km, in line with the schedule 

» Fig. 146

 - .

WARNING

Change the tyres at the latest when they are worn down to the wear indi-

cators - risk of accident.

Faulty wheel alignment affects handling - risk of accident.

Unusual vibrations or the vehicle “pulling ” to one side could be a sign of

tyre damage. Reduce speed and stop! If there are no external signs of tyre

damage, seek the help of a specialist garage.

Spare wheel

full spare wheel corresponds to the wheel mounted on the vehicle in terms

of the wheel dimensions, the tire dimension and the tire type.

temporary spare wheel is provided with a warning label on the rim. Only use

this temporary spare wheel to reach the nearest specialist garage since it is

not intended for permanent use.
Instructions for using a temporary spare wheel

Do not cover the warning sign.

Be particularly observant when driving.

Inflate the spare wheel to the maximum prescribed inflation pressure

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WARNING

A temporary spare wheel can only be used for a short time in the event of a

breakdown and with a correspondingly careful driving method.

Tyre marking

Explanation of tyre markings - e.g. 175/65 R 14 82 T

175

Tyre width in mm

65

Height/width ratio in %

R

Code letter for the type of tyre – Radial

14

Diameter of wheel in inches

82

Load index

T

Speed symbol

Load index - indicates the maximum permissible load for each individual

tyre

load index

80

81

82

83

Load

(In kg)

450

462

475

487

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