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Skoda Fabia Common Problems and Solutions

Tailgate Won't Close

Problem:

You can't get the tailgate to close correctly.

Models affected:

Solution:

This is due to a faulty tailgate locking mechanism. We always have these in stock, and you can easily install a working locking mechanism yourself.

Difficulty level

1

Part you need

Tailgate Lock Mechanism

Part required

Tailgate Lock Mechanism

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Seat Won't Rise Up

Problem:

The seat is too low, and the handle that raises it no longer works.

Models affected:

Solution:

Try adjusting the seat while you're not sitting on it. If that doesn't work, you have to look underneath the seat and look for any seat rails problems. They have likely become misaligned and you'll need to order a replacement from the BreakerYard drop-down list of parts for the Fabia.

Difficulty level

2

Fuel Gauge Drops to Zero

Problem:

Even when you've just filled up the fuel tank, the gauge drops down to zero.

Models affected:

Solution:

This could be nothing more than a software update, which you can get done at any Skoda dealer. In some cases, it will be caused by a faulty fuel gauge sensor, which we always have in stock and can deliver straight to you when you order the replacement sensor.

Difficulty level

1

Part you need

Fuel level sensor

Part required

Fuel level sensor

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Electric Window Malfunction

Problem:

Your electric windows are inoperable.

Models affected:

Solution:

This will almost always be caused by a wiring break in the pillar. You'll need to remove the panel and replace or repair any wires that have broken, which you'll be able to order from our store.

Difficulty level

2

Water From Dashboard

Problem:

You can see water coming from various outlets on the dashboard.

Models affected:

Solution:

This is being caused by the rear washer pipe and needs to be tackled immediately if you don't want to risk your car's electrics. Replace the split pipe with a new one from our parts list.

Difficulty level

1

Excess Bouncing While Driving

Problem:

You can feel every bump in the road while driving.

Models affected:

Solution:

The Fabia has a very stiff suspension system, and it's known to fail very often. Try pushing down on the bonnet and making sure that the car returns to its starting position after a few bounces. If not, you have a worn-out suspension, and the only solution will be browsing our available parts for a replacement.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Suspension Complete System

Part required

Suspension Complete System

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Rear door seals leaking

Problem:

The rear door seals are prone to leaking on the Fabia. When these door seals leak, it causes the rear footwells to get wet. If you have noticed the carpets are damp in the rear footwells, this is your problem.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to remove the rear door panel and apply some sealer to stop the leak. Watch the video below to see how to fix this yourself:

Difficulty level

3

Windscreen washer pump leak

Problem:

If you have noticed a water leak in front of the passenger side front wheel, it is caused by a leaking windscreen washer pump.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to fit a replacement windscreen washer pump to fix the problem.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Windscreen Washer Pump

Part required

Windscreen Washer Pump

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Engine management warning light

Problem:

The water temperature sensor is known to fail on this vehicle. If it fails, the engine management warning light will appear on the dashboard. This sensor is the most common cause of this warning light on the dashboard.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to replace the water temperature sensor to sort this issue.

Difficulty level

3

Steering warning light

Problem:

If the steering warning light has appeared on the dashboard, it is usually caused by a fault with the steering sensor.

Models affected:

Solution:

Fitting a replacement steering sensor will fix the problem.

Difficulty level

3

Engine cutting out

Problem:

The fuel pump is prone to failure on the Fabia. If you are finding that your engine is cutting out in any of the following situations: when the engine is cold, warm or idling, this could be your problem.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to fit a replacement fuel pump to resolve the issue. We can help you find a replacement fuel pump at a very low price.

Difficulty level

4

Whining Noise

Problem:

You can hear a whining noise coming from the front of the car while driving. The sound goes when you push down the clutch.

Models affected:

Solution:

This could be a drive shaft fault, which will mean browsing our parts list and ordering a replacement. In some cases, though, it could simply be that the rubber boots on your CV joints have become worn, and you can order those from us too.

Difficulty level

2

Part you need

Driveshaft

Part required

Driveshaft

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Creaking From Dashboard

Problem:

You can hear a creak or a rattle coming from the dashboard while driving.

Models affected:

Solution:

The trim parts on the Fabia can come loose very easily. You'll need to secure them into place using plastic glue.

Difficulty level

1

Power Loss

Problem:

You experience sudden power loss while accelerating, and the heater control lamp may illuminate.

Models affected:

Solution:

This will tend to be a simple case of ordering a new accelerator pedal position sensor and replacing the faulty one. In some cases, it could be the pedal assembly itself, but this is quite rare.

Difficulty level

2

Creaking From Front of Car

Problem:

You can hear a creaking sound coming from the front suspension, especially when driving over rough surfaces or on bends.

Models affected:

Solution:

You may have the wrong version of the front shock absorber upper brackets installed. You'll need to remove them, find the right replacement in our store and install the more suitable ones.

Difficulty level

2

Part you need

Shock Absorber

Part required

Shock Absorber

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Rear Wiper Not Working

Problem:

The rear window wiper is no longer working, and you can hear a loud noise coming from it.

Models affected:

Solution:

This is simply a fault with the rear wiper motor, which is known to burn out quite quickly on later models of the Fabia. You can buy one from our parts page and replace it very easily.

Difficulty level

1

Part you need

Wiper Motor

Part required

Wiper Motor

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Fuel Smell In Car

Problem:

You can smell fuel inside the car, and there is fuel left on the floor while driving.

Models affected:

Solution:

The fuel filter on Fabias built between April 2011 and October 2014 has a defective fuel filter, which is prone to cracking around the inlet connection. This can slowly start to affect the car's handling. You can order the right type of fuel filter from us and easily replace the defective one.

Difficulty level

1

Part you need

Fuel Filter Housing

Part required

Fuel Filter Housing

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Limp Mode

Problem:

The car has gone into limp mode.

Models affected:

Solution:

There are a lot of reasons for a Fabia to go into limp mode. Your best bet is to get your car scanned and check the error codes. Sometimes there's nothing wrong with the car at all, but it could also be something simple like low oil levels. In some cases, it will be something a lot more serious, like a faulty gearbox. Once you know the error codes, you will know if you need to order a replacement gearbox from us.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Gearbox ECU

Part required

Gearbox ECU

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Reading these common Skoda Fabia problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Skoda Fabia – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Skoda Fabia does have one of these issues.