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Old 15-04-2016, 01:47 PM   #1
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2007 Skoda Fabia VRS -Blog

Copied from Briskoda so might be a couple of broken links

I have acquired on the 27/01/2016 a new toy, a 2007 Skoda Fabia VRS in red with 116k on the clock and full Skoda main dealer history.

The car has a few issues that need sorting and im aiming for a nice OEM+ Look.

I'm very happy to be in a car now with some power as ive been running around in a Pug 206 1.4hdi for the last few years to save money!

I use to be the proud owner of this 306 gti 6



Unfortunately the running costs got out of hand and she had to go! Im hoping the Fabia can replace some of the excitement!

Here are some pictures from the advert on Ebay.















Here are my pics a few days after getting her home!

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So i spent the next couple of days gathering parts for a full service, Plumbers Gold for the doors, new Bosch Aero Retrofit wipers and fresh coolant as its looking like some one has mixed the original g12 with some other anti-freeze and its now turned a lovely shade of brown!
IMG_3931.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

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My current garage setup where i shall be carrying out most of the work on the Fabia!

IMG_3950.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

So got the car in and on axel stands

IMG_3960.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

Discovered this mess on the engine and undertray!

IMG_3959.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

IMG_3961.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

So I Dropped the oil and changed the filter.

IMG_3966.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

IMG_3974.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

Air filter next

IMG_3968.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

Followed by Fuel

IMG_3970.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

IMG_3985.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

I had to give the engine under tray a good clean, spent nearly a hour cleaning it and the lower half of the engine!

IMG_3978.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

IMG_3981.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

Next onto the wipers, the ones on the car currently were very new, however im a big fan of Bosch Areo wipers so chucked these on.

IMG_3990.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

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Next it was time to seal up the rear doors, my rear carpets where quite wet.

IMG_3996.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

IMG_3999.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

You can see here the water on the floor from where i have squeezed the carriers.

IMG_4003.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

Weapon of choice

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Now sealed, excuse my not very neat sealant, but hey it wont be visible any way!

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Near Side,

IMG_4013.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

Next was dealer sticker removal.

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IMG_4017.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

Thats it for now, got some led goodies coming in the next few days and some other bits and bobs

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Old 15-04-2016, 01:59 PM   #2
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Looks a nice car, I will keep an eye to see how you get on with it. I have had my vrs for about 6 years and love it. Never missed a beat and driven carefully can easily achieve over 70mpg
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Old 15-04-2016, 02:12 PM   #3
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So, bit of an update from the last week or so, not been able to do much to the Fabia due to having to change a clutch on my sisters Pug 207!

So first a lighting upgrade

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Before

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After

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Interior before

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After changing to led much brighter.

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I had broken the rear door tweater cover when sealing the doors.

IMG_4088.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

So changed that over, much better.

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I was missing the lack of cup holders so the ash tray had to go!

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Much better!

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Old 15-04-2016, 02:17 PM   #4
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Next up replace the original number plates. The old ones had seen way better days!

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So i pulled the front and was greated by this, the most stickiest crap ever

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After alot of petrol, scrubbing swearing i had removed the old muck and stuck the new front plate on

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Now onto the back, greeted with not as much mess!

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old v new

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after alot of cleaning again!

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Makes the whole rear end look a lot fresher.

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Changed the rear number plate lights to led also, before.

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after

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Old 15-04-2016, 02:20 PM   #5
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Next up was a bit of plasti dipping.

Chrome Grill for the last time!

IMG_4067.jpg by Daniel Kellaway, on Flickr

Popped off and ready for spraying!

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and if by magic!

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Also gave the wheel nut covers a quick dip

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Plans for the next few days are rear disc and pad change, brake fluid change and and hopefully if the weather is nice change the coolant!
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Old 15-04-2016, 02:22 PM   #6
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Nice work, will be watching with interest, I had an Ibiza PD130, in hindsight I wish I went for the Fabia.
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Old 15-04-2016, 02:23 PM   #7
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Few updates from the week.

First up was to change the standard head unit to the one from my old car, the colour doesn't match but it will do for now!

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Testing the connections.

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All installed, im hopeing to replace in the future with a nice android double din unit.

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Old 15-04-2016, 02:32 PM   #8
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Next was to tackle the poor braking performance, had quite a lot of pedal travel and no real feel in the brakes.

The rears are my first point of call as they are looking very past their best.

So car jacked up

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So the problems then began, i stick my 450nm impact wrench on the wheel nuts, hit the trigger and expect the nut to come flying out. Nope, nothing just hammering away with no sign of movement.* :thumbdown:* :thumbdown:* All the wheel nuts where frozen solid, after a lot of swearing and shouting jumping up and down on my breaker bar with the jack handle over it they finally they come loose! The problem seams to have been caused by over tightening at some point and the corrosion bond between the steel bolts and alloy wheel.

The offenders!

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Finally with the wheel off i'm greeted by this.

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Think they are due a replacement!* :x

First off remove the disc retaining screw, easy with the right tool.

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Next remove the 13mm caliper retaining bolts.

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No problems here

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Disc removed with nice hits of the ball pein!

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Front

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Back

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Nice crusty nipple removed next, yet again a few choice words where said!

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Quick clean up*

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Next push the pistons back with the brake bleeder open so not to force yucky fluid back into the system.

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Some weight saving occurred, fell off with the slightest touch. Not planning on replacing them as not a MOT failure, and don't really see the need.

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Bit of a clean up

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Sliders re-greased with the correct red brake grease.
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Old 15-04-2016, 02:35 PM   #9
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New goodies!

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All celaned up and ready to do, you dont have to go mad with the cooper slip, to much and it just attracts dirt.

Im going to be ordering some VRS green paint to give them a nice paint in the future.

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All back together, looking like a big improvement.

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While the wheel's are off best give the inside's a quick clean.

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Finished off with cleaning the wheel bolts up, hopefully will stop them freezing solid again.

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Other side was equally as bad

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So stuck the new disc's and pads on, looking much better.*

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Got more of an update to put on later today

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Old 15-04-2016, 03:08 PM   #10
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Looking good.

Some great work you're doing there.

Similar rear brake condition to mine, they're just not used enough.

Check out my thread: http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=302691 non-vrs.
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