Skoda Octavia Erratic onboard computer readings

2013 Skoda Octavia Problem

Ref#18653
CarSkoda Octavia 1.6 diesel
Year2013
OwnerMartinovsky
Posted14/06/2015
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The average fuel consumption readings crash periodically giving haywire figures for average consumption since start and thus also since refuelling and long term. Happens every 2 to 4 weeks with local driving. Unable to get any satisfactory explanations from Skoda main dealers.
Also suspect that this problem may be linked to failure of the engine cutout feature to operate occasionally when car stops and clutch is released and for the fan to go on operating long after the engine is switched off which may also be linked to this problem. In a quandary what to do about it though the car is still under warranty. Any advice about this please. thank you.
Problem Category
Electrics, ECU, Warnings & Lights


Solution 1
whittingehame | Legend | Since: Oct 2009 | Posts: 444 | Fixes: 11466 | View Garage
Suggested Solution

Get them to check for software updates to fix random start /stop errors which I believe there are faults with. Also any other relevant updates which may cause other problems . Either engine running hot when fan running for that length of time or faulty fan sensor .Fuel consumption fault may be caused by faulty fuel tank sensor .If getting fobbed off , contact Skoda customer services and complain otherwise you could have costs fixing after warranty ceases .


Posted on Sunday 14th of June 2015
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paulieone | Driver | Since: Aug 2009 | Posts: 4 | Fixes: 1519 | View Garage
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Posted on Sunday 14th of June 2015
Solution 2
paulieone | Driver | Since: Aug 2009 | Posts: 4 | Fixes: 1519 | View Garage
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I suspect being a diesel you have a particulate filter.The fuel consumption and fan running are probably a result of a regeneration or an interupted regen due to short lourneys.A good long run with a good average speed should help


Posted on Sunday 14th of June 2015
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Solution 3
whittingehame | Legend | Since: Oct 2009 | Posts: 444 | Fixes: 11466 | View Garage
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Good shout re. DPF regeneration , forgot about that .Especially if burning smell and heat increase noticed at same time as fan going .


Posted on Sunday 14th of June 2015
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Martinovsky | Driver | Since: Jun 2015 | Posts: 0 | Fixes: 0 | View Garage
Suggested Solution

Thanks for the suggestion no.2 to my problem. This seems to be on the right lines but I don't understand what the particulate filter is and does and what is being regenerated? Could you explain. Thank you.


Posted on Monday 15th of June 2015
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Solution 4
whittingehame | Legend | Since: Oct 2009 | Posts: 444 | Fixes: 11466 | View Garage
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http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/fuels-and-environment/diesel-particulate-filters.html


Posted on Monday 15th of June 2015
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Martinovsky | Driver | Since: Jun 2015 | Posts: 0 | Fixes: 0 | View Garage
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Thanks for very helpful suggestions. I think the diesel particulate filter is indeed at the root of the problem but what I don't understand is why the 2 main dealers I have spoken to (in Mansfield and Derby) didn't suggest this when I spoke to them.
I am also a little concerned that the reading I finally get when the inboard computer collapses is 6.9 mpg. If this reading is correct during the 10 mins or more it takes for the DPF to regenerate I could be using 1 or even 1.5 galls of fuel (5 - 10 ltrs) and might run out of fuel before I can get to a petrol station if the the tank is already low when the 'regeneration' starts. Any comments?
Thank you.


Posted on Monday 15th of June 2015
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Solution 5
whittingehame | Legend | Since: Oct 2009 | Posts: 444 | Fixes: 11466 | View Garage
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Low fuel level will prevent active regeneration taking place. As a general rule ΒΌ tank is required


Posted on Monday 15th of June 2015
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Solution 6
paulieone | Driver | Since: Aug 2009 | Posts: 4 | Fixes: 1519 | View Garage
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pleased to have been of assistance


Posted on Tuesday 16th of June 2015
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