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Old 25th October 2013, 18:21   #1516
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couple of questions.
How many kms and the front brake pads go bad and need to be replaced?
I have a bad left front fog lamp bulb so the indicator is on the left meter. What is the upper bulb in the fog lamps for?
Any good news on what tires to buy keeping OEM size in mind

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couple of questions.
How many kms and the front brake pads go bad and need to be replaced?
I have a bad left front fog lamp bulb so the indicator is on the left meter. What is the upper bulb in the fog lamps for?
Any good news on what tires to buy keeping OEM size in mind

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The front brake pads normally last from 40000 km - 50000 km depending on driving style. Rear ones can last upto 60k kms.
The bulbs in the top part of the fog lamps are the DRL bulbs.
On the tyres as one of my Yoko had gone bad with a sidewall tear, I got 2 Bridgestone ER370 tyres and put them on the rear axles and put the third Yoko in the spare. The Bridgestones are quite quiet too and have a good strong sidewall.
I will use the front Yokos for another 10k (currently they have covered 26k kms) kms and then probably swap them out with new Bridgestones (in the rear). My Yeti has so far covered around 47k kms in around 34 months.

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Hi Behemoth,

Thanks for the info. Can DRL's be activated on our indian yetis? Did you put in the Yokos at 20k or Goodyear use? Jsut curious to hear what woudl be the life of the original goodyears? Anyone done more milage on the oem tyres?
Does the slanted portion of the pads act as a wear indicator?If not then till what thickness can front pads be used? Any Electronic sensors on the yeti for this or the squealing wear indicator?

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The front brake pads normally last from 40000 km - 50000 km depending on driving style. Rear ones can last upto 60k kms.
The bulbs in the top part of the fog lamps are the DRL bulbs.
On the tyres as one of my Yoko had gone bad with a sidewall tear, I got 2 Bridgestone ER370 tyres and put them on the rear axles and put the third Yoko in the spare. The Bridgestones are quite quiet too and have a good strong sidewall.
I will use the front Yokos for another 10k (currently they have covered 26k kms) kms and then probably swap them out with new Bridgestones (in the rear). My Yeti has so far covered around 47k kms in around 34 months.

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Hi Behemoth, Thanks for the info. Can DRL's be activated on our indian yetis? Did you put in the Yokos at 20k or Goodyear use? Jsut curious to hear what woudl be the life of the original goodyears? Anyone done more milage on the oem tyres? Does the slanted portion of the pads act as a wear indicator?If not then till what thickness can front pads be used? Any Electronic sensors on the yeti for this or the squealing wear indicator? Regards


Hi! The Foglamp DRL's can easily be activated using the menu in the MFID controls.
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I will use the front Yokos for another 10k (currently they have covered 26k kms) kms and then probably swap them out with new Bridgestones (in the rear). My Yeti has so far covered around 47k kms in around 34 months.
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Could you please put snaps of the Bridgestone tires on the Car here (Skoda Yeti : Tyre & wheel upgrade thread)?

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Hi Behemoth,

Thanks for the info. Can DRL's be activated on our indian yetis ? Did you put in the Yokos at 20k or Goodyear use? Jsut curious to hear what woudl be the life of the original goodyears? Anyone done more milage on the oem tyres?
Does the slanted portion of the pads act as a wear indicator?If not then till what thickness can front pads be used? Any Electronic sensors on the yeti for this or the squealing wear indicator?

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Yes, DRL's can be activated in our Indian Yeti's (I have done it on my Ambiente; In Elegance there are already active)). The bulbs and wiring are all there, it just needs to be activated via VCDS. Once activated by VCDS, you can switch them on/off using the Indicator / Lights stalk.
I changed from the Goodyears to Yokos around 21k km (IIRC!). The Goodyears were noisy from day one, and become even more noisy after 15k Kms. The difference at that time between by Goodyears was 3 Db (73 Db inside cabin at 80 for Goodyears vs 70 Db with Yoko). After around 10K kms, the Yokos also started becoming noisy, but still quite less than the original Goodyears.
Original Goodyears should last 40-45K Kms, as they are decently hard. The problems which happen with them is that the rubber hardens and they start losing chunks of the tread - I had lost some small pieces on my tyres too, within 20K Kms. Goodyear tyres are notorious for this (at least Excellence ones, which we have on the Yeti). Assurance series is supposed to be better.
On the brake pads wear, yes, there is an electronic light in the dash which should light up in Yellow when your brake pads have worn down to the max level. (you can see this light come one when you turn on the ignition - it is the light with a circle and a Dotted circle surrounding it)
However Brake response (from braking distance and brake feel by driving is a better indicator) for an experienced driver to judge. For example, with the current condition of my Yeti brakes, it is 20% less effective than a new one (comparison side by side with my 10k Kms driven Laura).
In the last service, I got the discs and the pads resurfaced and brakes bled, which did improve the braking effectiveness.
Basically what happens is that over time the brake pad material also hardens and compresses, which reduces the braking performance, even if they have not worn down.
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Could you please put snaps of the Bridgestone tires on the Car here (Skoda Yeti : Tyre & wheel upgrade thread)?

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Sure Sheel, will do.

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On the brake pads wear, yes, there is an electronic light in the dash which should light up in Yellow when your brake pads have worn down to the max level. (you can see this light come one when you turn on the ignition - it is the light with a circle and a Dotted circle surrounding it)
However Brake response (from braking distance and brake feel by driving is a better indicator) for an experienced driver to judge. For example, with the current condition of my Yeti brakes, it is 20% less effective than a new one (comparison side by side with my 10k Kms driven Laura).
In the last service, I got the discs and the pads resurfaced and brakes bled, which did improve the braking effectiveness.
Basically what happens is that over time the brake pad material also hardens and compresses, which reduces the braking performance, even if they have not worn down.

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Don't think the Yeti has a brakepad wear sensor. It was not activated by default in VCDS. And when I activated it, it would immediately show the brake pad warning. A similar experience when I activated the low washer fluid warning. Even though the bottle was full there was a warning. So that makes me believe the sensor is not there.

Don't compare Yetis brakes to Lauras, the Laura has superior brakes. Well at least the feel is much better. Use your VCDS and go to ABS, over there you can set brake assist. Set it to high, and the brake feel gets a lot better in the Yeti.
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Thanks Akshay,
Yes that could be possible! But normally if a feature is deactivated, the corresponding light shouldn't come on at the time of ignition e.g. the tpms light doesn't come one.
I was also thinking about increasing both the brake assist and also the steering assist as my wife drives it.
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Use your VCDS and go to ABS, over there you can set brake assist. Set it to high, and the brake feel gets a lot better in the Yeti.
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Via the toggle switches on the steering wheel or you go to take it to ASC.

I am sorry, but I couldn't interpret VCDS, hence the question
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Via the toggle switches on the steering wheel or you go to take it to ASC.

I am sorry, but I couldn't interpret VCDS, hence the question
VCDS earlier called VAG-COM is an OBD interface through which you can change various things. Don't think your ASC can do it.
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Here are some more clear pictures of the Chinese Skoda Yeti, with a rear mounted Spare. The spare is mounted on a swingarm which swivels to the left and the tailgate opens normallly. Good design, and I wish we could get this for India. Only challenge might be to teach security guards to open when they do car checking when entering malls etc!
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Pictures courtesy IAB. More pics available on the link:
http://indianautosblog.com/2013/11/2...e-wheel-106103

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The car behind will be so close, that the security guy at the mall will be helpless. He will have to ask the car behind and others behind it also to move at least 6 - 8 feet, otherwise he will simply gouge the hood of the car behind.
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The spare is mounted on a swingarm which swivels to the left and the tailgate opens normallly. Good design ...
I suppose one person's good design is another's pain in the neck.

Count me in the pain-in-the-neck camp. There is no way I would want to be bothered with that thing. Nor would I be happy knowing that I had paid for it.

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I am Gen 6 Accord AT owner - and drove my uncle's 12K km done Yeti for the first time in Chennai. 5 people plus some luggage. I know it's an apples to oranges comparison, but I have the following observations:

1. I really miss an AT - the gearshifts were nice, but the frequent clutch usage in peak traffic was not fun. I found the clutch to be a little heavy. The steering was precise, but a bit lifeless.

2. Far higher engine drone compared to the smoothness of my Accord, where one wouldn't know till 3.5/4k RPM whether the engine exists. Definitely a compromise for someone like me.

3. Nice ingress/egress. My folks really appreciated this. Bodyroll surprisingly well controlled.

All in all, I wish there were a petrol AT option..
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To the owners of 4x4 Yeti, have anyone had any issues with the ground clearance of 180 while doing (at least) moderate off-roading?

And any idea when the new model Skoda Yeti outdoor is headed our way?


Out of curiosity, have any 4x4 Skoda Yeti owners done any off-roading? If yes, appreciate if you could share your experiences.

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