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Old 3rd May 2017, 17:03   #2656
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I think Skoda and VW haven't rolled out the emission update for 1.6 TDI in India as of now. It's only the 1.5 Tdi which is receiving the update, please correct me if I'm wrong.
I confirm that Skoda has rolled out the emission update for 1.6TDI. I got my car updated when I gave it for warranty repair job last Friday (i.e. 28th April 2017).
The electric motor which unlocks/opens the boot went kaput and the boot lid was not opening by using remote or the switch. I was able to open the boot only by inserting the key. Got it replaced under extended warranty.
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Old 3rd May 2017, 22:25   #2657
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Service update:

The car is in the workshop ready for delivery. Will pick it up tomorrow.

The following has been done:

Paid service.

Break discs and pads replaced.

Rear suspension bushes replaced

Timing kit replaced.

Total bill Rs. 33,600.

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Battery is flat. Will get it replaced with amaron, since skoda was expensive.
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Took my car for Summer (Heat) Campaign. Wherein they do some 15 point AC checks.
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I had a chance to drive my Rapid after a log time today. Since I got a new Kwid in Jan for my use in Bangalore, my Rapid is doing its duty in Chennai and I do not get a chance to use it often. I noticed today that both the center AC vents is not as powerful as the corner ones. I could feel the difference as soon as I started driving and stopped to check if I had missed any settings/the vent is closed. But no, the vents were fully open but the air coming out was not strong enough as it used to be. Has anyone faced similar issue? Or am I missing something here, like it is designed like that I have never noticed.

PS: Mine is 2014 Rapid Elegance with ACC

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Facing a weird issue. This evening when I was coming back from a long drive, noticed wetness on top of the dashboard when the AC was on. I switched off the AC and tried it on again after sometime and noticed water marks again. Any one experienced something like this ever before?

Another point, not sure if it's relevant, but the Windows were open when this incident happened.
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Facing a weird issue. This evening when I was coming back from a long drive, noticed wetness on top of the dashboard when the AC was on. I switched off the AC and tried it on again after sometime and noticed water marks again. Any one experienced something like this ever before?

Another point, not sure if it's relevant, but the Windows were open when this incident happened.

I think this issue might have primarily been due to the Windows being left open. Checking it again today and tomorrow with the windows closed.

I had to Keep the windows open since my kid was with me and he usually feels a little uncomfortable when there is no fresh air in the car. At the same time couldn't avoid turning on the AC since it was quite humid.
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Yes, dont worry about water on dashboard. I have seen it sometime on my car as well and main reason is open window, humid environment.

It was 7-8 months ago and everything working fine as usual.
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Even in some VW 1.6 TDI owner's manuals, it is indicated at 120,000 kilometers. However, in the service centers it is now mentioned that it is 90,000 kilometers or 5 years, whatever is earlier.
Change the ribbed serpentine belt at the interval mentioned by the service center and the entire kit which includes the idler bearing and the tensioner bearing at 1,80,000 km. This is under the premise that you do not drive the diesel with pedal to the metal mode most of the time. If the car is used 90% of the time in the city then only does the kit need to be changed as a whole. It is regular rpm variation and contaminants that kill the belt and rpm variations alone that kills the needle bearings.

The needle bearings usually last one belt change in most cars including the skoda.

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One thing he was insist ING on was the timing kit replacement.
Get the belt changed and not the entire kit which includes the bearing. The bearing will last 1,80,000 km.

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Get the belt changed and not the entire kit which includes the bearing. The bearing will last 1,80,000 km.
I have the whole kit replaced. Both the bearings have been replaced.
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--SNIP-- I noticed today that both the center AC vents is not as powerful as the corner ones. I could feel the difference as soon as I started driving and stopped to check if I had missed any settings/the vent is closed. But no, the vents were fully open but the air coming out was not strong enough as it used to be. Has anyone faced similar issue? Or am I missing something here, like it is designed like that I have never noticed.

PS: Mine is 2014 Rapid Elegance with ACC
Had this issue in my Rapid. If I remember correctly, there was a 'flange motor' that went bad. Got it replaced under warranty.
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Change the ribbed serpentine belt at the interval mentioned by the service center and the entire kit which includes the idler bearing and the tensioner bearing at 1,80,000 km. This is under the premise that you do not drive the diesel with pedal to the metal mode most of the time. If the car is used 90% of the time in the city then only does the kit need to be changed as a whole. It is regular rpm variation and contaminants that kill the belt and rpm variations alone that kills the needle bearings.

The needle bearings usually last one belt change in most cars including the skoda.

Get the belt changed and not the entire kit which includes the bearing. The bearing will last 1,80,000 km.
Usually, the driving patterns change over time and more so if multiple people drive a particular car. We are talking 1,80,000 kms.

Going by that, the needle bearings may need to be replaced any time between 90,000 kms and 1,80,000 kms. Provided a car does have some life left in the needle bearings at 90,000 kms, you are on your own to regularly inspect them and hope they do not fail.

The service center guys will not do the inspection of the needle bearings, at every oil change. To each his own, I had the entire kit, belts and tensioner changed at 84,000 kms/5 years mark.

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Usually, the driving patterns change over time and more so if multiple people drive a particular car. We are talking 1,80,000 kms.

Going by that, the needle bearings may need to be replaced any time between 90,000 kms and 1,80,000 kms. Provided a car does have some life left in the needle bearings at 90,000 kms, you are on your own to regularly inspect them and hope they do not fail.

The service center guys will not do the inspection of the needle bearings, at every oil change. To each his own, I had the entire kit, belts and tensioner changed at 84,000 kms/5 years mark.
I made an error in the figures. The needle bearings (IKN Brand) in most cars are manufactured to last 1,60,000km. They will start whining by 1,63,000km. The figures are not 1,80,000km. The fraying of the serpentine belt will start by 85,000km when looked at through a magnifying glass. Belt breakage will result in loss of power-steering and alternator function.

The timing belt is another matter all together and I would take the advice of the service engineers to the tee as its breakage will result in catastrophic damage to the valve assembly and possibly cam shaft too if at high rpm.

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I made an error in the figures. The needle bearings (IKN Brand) in most cars are manufactured to last 1,60,000km. They will start whining by 1,63,000km. The figures are not 1,80,000km. The fraying of the serpentine belt will start by 85,000km when looked at through a magnifying glass. Belt breakage will result in loss of power-steering and alternator function.

The timing belt is another matter all together and I would take the advice of the service engineers to the tee as its breakage will result in catastrophic damage to the valve assembly and possibly cam shaft too if at high rpm.
It really varies for everyone. In my car, the serpentine belt was full of cracks, clearly visible to naked eye, at 84,000 kms. It was about to break.

The needle bearings would be affected way earlier, as you mentioned depending upon the usage profile.
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Anyone recently got software updated on Rapid? I think there is some new update related to emission for 1.6TDI.

If anyone has, wanted to check car performance post update.

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Anyone recently got software updated on Rapid? I think there is some new update related to emission for 1.6TDI.

If anyone has, wanted to check car performance post update.
A separate thread is already started to discuss the update and a poll added to it as well. Here you go - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=187880 (VAG Dieselgate Fix - How would you rate your experience?)
To answer your question, I got my 2014 Rapid 1.6TDI updated and the pick up is more linear now. The 'pinning to the seat' when you hit the sweep spot is missing
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