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Skoda Fabia: Engine compartment

Skoda Fabia Owners Manual


When working in the engine compartment, injuries, scalding, accident or fire hazards may arise. For this reason, it is essential to comply with the warning instructions stated below and with the generally applicable rules of safety. The engine compartment of your car is a hazardous area.


Instructions before beginning work in the engine compartment

  • Turn off the engine and withdraw the ignition key.
  • Firmly apply the handbrake.
  • If the vehicle is fitted with a manual gearbox, move the gearshift lever into Neutral, or if the vehicle is fitted with an automatic gearbox, move the selector lever into position P.
  • Allow the engine to cool.
  • Never open the bonnet if you can see steam or coolant flowing out of the engine compartment – there is a risk of scalding. Wait until the steam or coolant has stopped escaping.

Information for working in the engine room

  • Keep all people, especially children, away from the engine compartment.
  • Never touch the radiator fan while the engine is still warm. The fan might suddenly start running!
  • Do not touch any hot engine parts – there is a risk of burns.
  • The coolant is harmful to health.
  • Avoid contact with the coolant.
  • Coolant vapours are harmful to health.
  • Never open the end cover of the coolant expansion reservoir while the engine is still warm. The cooling system is pressurized!
  • When opening the end cover of the coolant expansion reservoir, cover it with a cloth to protect your face, hands and arms from hot steam or hot coolant.
  • If any coolant splashes into your eyes, immediately rinse out your eyes with clear water and contact a doctor as soon as possible.
  • Always keep the coolant in the original container safe from people who are not completely independent, especially children - there is a danger of poisoning!
  • Consult a doctor immediately if coolant is swallowed.
  • Do not leave any items (e.g. cleaning cloths or tools) in the engine compartment.

    There is a fire hazard and the risk of engine damage.

  • Never spill fluids on the hot engine. Such fluids (e.g. the antifreeze contained in the coolant) may ignite!


Information for working in the engine compartment with the engine running

  • Pay particular attention to moving engine parts (e.g. V-ribbed belt, alternator, radiator fan) and the high-voltage ignition unit – there is a risk of death.
  • Never touch the electric wiring on the ignition system.
  • Avoid short circuits in the electrical system - particularly on the vehicle's battery.
  • Always make sure that no jewellery, loose clothing or long hair can get caught in rotating engine parts – there is a risk of death. Always remove any jewellery, tie back long hair and wear tight fitting clothing before completing any work.

Information for working on the fuel system or the electrical system

  • Always disconnect the vehicle battery from the electrical system.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Never work near open flames.
  • Always have a functioning fire extinguisher nearby.


  • Read the information and warning instructions on the fluid containers.
  • Keep the working fluids in sealed original containers and safe from people who are not completely independent, e.g. children.
  • If you wish to work under the vehicle, you must secure the vehicle against rolling away and support it with suitable axle stands: the car jack is not sufficient for this – there is a risk of injury.
  • Never cover the engine with additional insulation material (e.g. with a blanket) – there is a risk of fire.
  • The bonnet must always be properly closed when driving. This is why after closing the bonnet, the lock must always be checked to ensure it has engaged properly.
  • If you notice that the lock is not properly engaged while driving, stop the vehicle immediately and close the bonnet – there is the risk of an accident.


Always top up using the correct specification of fluids. This may result in major operating problems and also vehicle damage!

For the sake of the environment

In view of the requirements for the environmentally friendly disposal of fluids and the special tools and knowledge required for such work, we recommend that fluids be changed by a specialist garage.


  • If there is anything you are not sure about concerning fluids, please consult a specialist garage.
  • Fluids with the proper specifications can be purchased from the ŠKODA Original Accessories or from the ŠKODA Genuine Parts ranges.
Diesel fuel

Opening and closing the bonnet

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