Installing a Dash Camera (Part 1: Fuse Tap)

This tutorial video shows how to connect wires on to an EcoSport’s fuse box, such that the dash camera turns on only when the engine is running, i.e., the dash camera turns off as the engine is switched off. If done improperly, this could likely void your warranty, so be very careful in following this modification.

This modification requires basic knowledge of electronics and must be carried out only by those familiar with it. Please do it at your own risk.

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Vulcanizing a Punctured Tire

As a vehicle owner, having a flat tire is inevitable. It is usually a result of the tire getting punctured by sharp objects. This video tutorial explains how a tire puncture is fixed in a vulcanizing shop. The two methods of patching (cold and hot patch) and the two ways of removing the tire from the rim (using simple tools and using a machine) are also shown.

Full-length video tutorials are exclusive to website subscribers. To watch the full video, head directly to Vulcanizing a Punctured Tire.

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Rear Door Seal Water Leak

Rain water may get inside an EcoSport (or any vehicle for that matter) if there is a leak in the rubber seals. I have experienced this first-hand when I discovered water in the tools compartment, after a heavy rain, on a 3-month old EcoSport.

To fix this problem, you need to clean the rubber seal and apply new sealant, such as grease. This video demonstrates how to remove, clean, and apply grease to the rear door rubber seal to prevent water from getting in.

Full-length video tutorials are exclusive to website subscribers. To watch the full video, head directly to Rear Door Seal Water Leak.

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Decorative Hood Scoop Design

Engines of hi-performance vehicles require huge volumes of air, which is why they are fitted with functional hood scoops. A fellow EcoSport enthusiast, Steve Bryan Festin Magango, designed a decorative hood scoop for his EcoSport. The hood scoop is made from PVC plastic board, joined together with super glue, and held atop the EcoSport’s hood using mounting tape.

Steve is a boat modeler who has found a way to integrate his skill for model-building with his passion for decorating his EcoSport.

Do you have an idea for a DIY EcoSport project? Send me a note at eteny@ecosportdiyseries.com and get your project featured here!

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Through this blog, I intend to share things that I discover with our EcoSport. To donate a liter of gas to EcoSport DIY Series, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

 

Tire Design using Paint Markers

Paint markers can be used to highlight the text written on a vehicle’s tire and boost its sporty look, as in the case of this EcoSport DIY project submitted by Ricarte Abadia. Just make sure to use oil-based markers, since water-based markers may not last as long.

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Do you have an idea for a DIY EcoSport project? Send me a note at eteny@ecosportdiyseries.com and get your project featured here!

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Through this blog, I intend to share things that I discover with our EcoSport. To donate a liter of gas to EcoSport DIY Series, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

 

Bitbit River and Angat Dam in Bulacan

In August 2017, I joined a trip to Bitbit River and Angat Dam in Bulacan, organized by Weekend Drive Philippines (WDPh), a community of (as described on their website) road geeks, road trippers, road travelers who share the passion of discovering new places and conquering roads less traveled.

Bitbit River is a popular place among off-road enthusiasts for showcasing and testing a vehicle’s water-wading capability, as in the case of this river-crossing EcoSport (owned by no other than the founder of WDPh)!

Angat Dam supplies 90% of the water requirement of Metro Manila. It is part of the Angat Watershed and Forest Reserve, a protected area.

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Here’s our approach to Bitbit River, on our way to Angat Dam. Unfortunately during our visit, the water level is too deep for any vehicle to cross.

Checkout WDPh’s video about the event here.
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Through this blog, I intend to share things that I discover with our EcoSport. To donate a liter of gas to EcoSport DIY Series, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Atimonan Zigzag Road (EME)

The old zigzag road that passes through Atimonan National Park is called the Atimonan Zigzag Road or EME (not to be confused with Bitukang Manok zigzag road at the Bicol National Park, between the boundary of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur). This is my usual route to and from Bicol. It features hairpin turns and steep climbs that buses are no longer allowed to use the road (they use a longer, but safer alternate route). You may also notice at certain sections of the zigzag, the turn is so sharp and the climb too steep that motorists are asked (guided) to take the left lane (lane swapping), to give way to ascending vehicles.

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Through this blog, I intend to share things that I discover with our EcoSport. To donate a liter of gas to EcoSport DIY Series, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)