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When should I service my Skoda Octavia Mk3?

A quick oil service (oil, oil filter, check the brakes) is required every 15,000km or once a year, whichever comes first. An inspection service is required every 30,000km or every year, checking a myriad of items in the car. At three years (regardless of mileage) and then every two years after, it's recommended that the brake fluid and clutch fluid are drained and renewed. The cabin filter must be changed every 60,000km or two years. For the petrol engines, the spark plugs are due replacement at 60,000km or four years, while the fuel filter in the diesel cars must be changed every 90,000km. Finally, for all Octavias, the air filter should be renewed at 90,000km or six years. If the dual-clutch gearbox is fitted, its oil and filter must be changed every 60,000km, regardless of time.

Does the Skoda Octavia Mk3 have a timing belt?

Most engines in the Skoda Octavia III have timing belts. The exceptions, which use timing chains instead, are the 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TSI petrol engines, the latter found in the Octavia RS.

For all of the diesel engines, the recommended timing belt change interval is 210,000km, regardless of time.

Oddly, for the petrol engines, there is no recommended change schedule. Instead, the belt must be inspected by an experienced mechanic periodically to advise the owner when it should be replaced. If you're buying a petrol model and there's no evidence of the belt being changed in the past 100,000km, we'd highly recommend having it replaced. That or have a mechanic remove the top timing belt cover (usually a very quick and easy job) to inspect the belt condition. Don't take a risk on that though, as a broken belt is likely to cause engine damage.

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Last updated on August 28, 2020