1.36L km with my Skoda Yeti 4×4: New tyres, Haldex fluid & more
I orrdered the Mannol Haldex Fluid from Amazon and got the fluid change done at my local FNG.
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Car has completed 136,000 kms. Got a new set of tyres as prior set had were quite bald. Wanted to all terrain tyres. Got the Good Year Wrangler installed, but the front tyres were touching the mudflap on full lock turns. Was not sure of unintended consequences of removing the mudflaps. It was also suggested that i get a 2inch lift kit / spacers to increase ride height to accommodate the AT tyres. Ended up getting a standard set of Yokohama’s. Finished a 4,000kms road trip across Gujarat and Rajasthan on new tyres and car was a quite happy mile muncher.
Been meaning to get haldex fluid changed for quite a while and had been following up with Skoda ASC. Was in touch with Modi Skoda at Mahalaxmi. They had quoted Rs.4,000 for Haldex fluid change. Said Skoda doesn’t recommended a filter change in India. Managed to source a filter set on my own and went back to them. But they refused to change the filter. I asked them to sell me the fluid so that I could have the filter change done outside. Refused my request on this as well.
Ordered the Mannol Haldex Fluid from Amazon and got the fluid change done at my local FNG.
Got the car onto jacks/stilts. Located the fill plug and made sure it isn’t jammed and got it unscrewed. Next filter cap was removed. Pushed a screw into the white element and used a pair of pliers to remove it to access the filter. Didn’t need to use VAGCOM/VCDS to activate the Haldex pump and build pressure to pop it out.
The fluid was in good condition and so was the filter. At this point realized that didn’t actually need to change the filter nor the fluid. Bot were clean, and it seems the Haldex has barely been engaged, if at all through the cars life so far.
Put in the new filter, and topped up he Mannol Haldex Fluid. The can was 850ml and about 150-200ml is still left. So about 700ml is what was consumed.
Post this service drove to Karjat next day. Took the car up the treacherous steep route to base village for Kothligad fort. Car went up without any fuss and was a breeze to drive up there.
Also the covers for the front roof racks had gone missing. It seems these are being stolen off late. First my front right disappeared followed by my front left a few weeks later. Noticed them missing on other Yeti’s on the road as well.
Had ordered replacements and got them installed. Hope they don’t go off again.
During the haldex fluid change it was observed that the outer rubber ring on the universal joint connecting the propellor shaft to the Haldex clutch is crumbling and about to give away. See last image/gif. Would like some advise, on what is the utility of the rubber ring. I assume the joint will continue to work as is. Is change of part immediately warranted. If anyone has sourced, changed this part, would love to know more.
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