Caring for your ŠKODA - How-to videos

We've put together some handy videos to help you keep your ŠKODA in tip top condition. We hope you find them useful, but if you do need further technical assistance please get in touch with your local ŠKODA retailer.

Caring for your ŠKODA - Helpful information

Sat Nav Updates

Air Conditioning

Battery Recycling

Electronics Disposal

Sat nav updates

Here you can find instructions on how to download and update to the latest maps. Updating your ŠKODA MIB Amundsen or MIB Columbus navigation system will save you time and fuel and help you to reach your destitination confidently and safely. New roads and itineraries are included in these updates.

Amundsen navigation system

Click here to find out how to update your Amundsen navigation system.

Columbus navigation system

Click here to find out how to update your Columbus navigation system.


Free sat nav updates available on new Octavia models

If you currently own a new ŠKODA Octavia model (launched March 2013) you are entitled to three years' of free Sat Nav updates. For more information about how to download these updates, please click here.

Air conditioning

Air conditioning does a lot more than simply cool you down in summer. It also removes moisture from the air helping demist your windscreen in cold, wet weather hence improving driving visibility.

ŠKODA recommends regular use of your car's air conditioning all year round:

  • Use your car’s air conditioning in hot conditions, not just for comfort but to also to reduce the risk of driver fatigue.
  • Use your car’s air conditioning in cold and/or wet weather to dehumidify the cabin and to keep the windscreen and all windows clear of condensation.
  • Use your car’s air conditioning regularly throughout the year to keep the system lubricated.

Are you experiencing any nasty smells?

If so, it could be because your car’s air conditioning system needs cleaning.

Why does my car’s air conditioning system need cleaning?

Over a period of time the condensation that settles in your car’s air conditioning system mixes with dirt, dust and other airborne pollutants. If left untreated this becomes a breeding ground for micro organisms often resulting in an unpleasant odour and sometimes cold-like, or allergy-like symptoms.

Why does this happen?

The evaporator is the part of the air conditioning system which cools the air. It is constructed as a series of ‘fins’. This construction maximise the surface area in contact with the surrounding air to cool the largest amount of air at any one time for maximum efficiency. The cooling effect is developed using refrigerant and any moisture in that surrounding air will settle on the surfaces of the evaporator as condensation, just like warm, damp air settling on a cold window. When the air conditioning isn’t in use the gaps between the evaporator fins become a warm, damp environment. As any microbiologist knows, a warm damp environment is the ideal place to grow bacteria and biological cultures.

How can ŠKODA help?

Participating ŠKODA retailers use a ŠKODA approved disinfectant treatment which gets to the root of the problem. The treatment disinfects the system and leaves your car bug free and smelling as fresh as a daisy. The treatment is quick and is available at very competitive prices.

We also recommend an air conditioning re-gas service every two years to maintain the system’s cooling performance, optimise fuel consumption, and help prevent costly repairs.

Beware of imitations!

Many cleaning treatments are used for cosmetic effect. They are either simply masking agents that temporarily eliminate the smell or they are only partially effective, e.g. they penetrate only the ‘easy to reach’ areas. The ŠKODA approved treatment disinfects the system using an applicator which generates a vapour of less than 5 micron diameter droplets which are light enough to circulate through the entire air conditioning system, including those pesky evaporator fins.

The ŠKODA treatment is water based, non-toxic, non-irritating and non-flammable and when the application is complete the car is left completely dry and ready for immediate use (other treatments often require ventilation time).

What else should I be doing?

Just like any other component on your car, your ŠKODA’s air conditioning needs regular maintenance. ŠKODA UK recommends an air conditioning re-gas service every two years to:

  • Maintain the system’s cooling performance
  • Optimise fuel consumption
  • Help prevent costly repairs

Battery recycling

All battery producers in the UK are required to be registered with the Government as part of an EU-wide initiative to increase battery collection/recycling and completely prohibit the landfill/incineration of automotive and industrial batteries. Volkswagen Group UK Ltd is registered as a Producer of Batteries under Registration Number BPRN00504.

Vehicle batteries

When an automotive (starter) battery in your vehicle reaches its end of life, it can be delivered to the facilities listed below for disposal:

  • Garages
  • Civic amenity and recycling centres
  • Local authority battery collection schemes (please check with your local council)
  • Licensed scrap yards
  • Authorised treatment facilities (car dismantlers etc.)

To find out the easiest way to dispose of your battery please search the “Recycling near you” directory here.

If requested, Volkswagen Group UK Limited can arrange for the automotive batteries it has produced to be collected from the types of sites listed above. Should you wish to arrange a collection, please telephone 01908 548584 and ask to speak to a member of the environment team.

Electric or hybrid vehicles

From the 1st January 2010, businesses that place hybrid/electric vehicle batteries onto the UK market have an obligation to arrange for the treatment and recycling of these batteries. If you have such a battery and need advice, please contact us on 01908 548584.

Portable batteries

Volkswagen Group UK Ltd is a member of the ERP producer compliance scheme. To find your nearest portable battery disposal facility and find out more about the benefits of battery recycling, please visit http://www.erp-batteries.co.uk/

Disposal of waste electronics - WEEE

Volkswagen Group UK Ltd is committed to reducing the environmental impact from waste electrical and electronic equipment.

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is one of the fastest growing waste streams in Europe. Much of this waste ends up in landfill, where the harmful substances it contains can cause pollution; but it is possible to reuse and recycle electrical items rather than send them to landfill.

To ensure waste electrical products do not contribute to damaging the environment, they need to be separated out from other household waste so that they can be recycled. The WEEE regulations (introduced in July 2007) make it easier for consumers to recycle their old electrical equipment through a mixture of dedicated collection points at local civic amenity sites and new take back facilities provided by retailers.

The Volkswagen Group are committed to supporting this initiative and are pleased to offer our customers free take-back of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when they buy a new electrical or electronic product from one of our retailers.

Volkswagen Group will ensure the waste items are taken to an approved recycling facility.

To take advantage of the free in-store takeback, customers are asked to return their WEEE item to us within 28 days of the new EEE purchase (please remember to bring the purchase receipt from your new item). Please note that electrical or electronic items that operate when integrated into a vehicle do not qualify for this scheme.

All items you purchase that are marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol, are items that should be disposed of through “take back schemes” such as ours, or via the civic amenity site networks.

Find out the necessary information you need if you are importing or exporting your ŠKODA, documentation you may need and organizations you may have to inform.