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I have a 52 plate ex-police force Skoda 1.8T with around 95,000 on the clock and service evidence would suggest the mileage is correct. Recently, though, the engine warning light symbol has come on and during an immediate full service the dealership suggested this was a difficult fault to determine. Could it be the temperature sensor? Or another one? Naturally I'm worried that the fault could be the pre-cursor of something worse. Do you have any advice?

Asked on 27 February 2010 by L.B., via e-mail

Answered by Honest John
These are basically strong engines but a lot can go wrong with them. Then need a fresh timing belt, tensioner, all pulleys and a new waterpump every 60,000 miles, then a cam-to-cam chain and tensioner at about 80,000 miles. Yes mass airflow meters can eventually start to fail and give erratic running. Temp sensors, oxygen sensors, flywheel position sensors too. And the 5 speed gearboxes are not as strong as the 6 speed twin shaft boxes fitted to equivalent SEAT Leon 20VTs, A3s and Golfs.
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