In this modification, I’ve discussed how a vehicle (such as an EcoSport) can be shut off remotely. The DIY setup uses a phone which has been configured to respond only to authorized numbers, coupled to an actuator which disables the fuel pump, thus, shutting off the engine.
The amount of air flowing into the engine is measured and monitored using a sensor called the Mass Air Flow sensor or the MAF sensor. The MAF sensor provides input to the engine in order to help caculate the optimal fuel-to-air ratio in various engine load conditions.
Just recently, the drive belt of our EcoSport snapped while on the road, which we’ve managed to replace (on-site) by using the vehicle’s supplied 19 mm socket wrench. Realizing the need to have the right tools at your disposal especially during road emergencies, we’ve decided to purchase a new tool set for our EcoSport.
EcoSport’s auxiliary fan uses a high-wattage resistor in series to run at low speeds, through a component called the resistor block. With a damaged resistor block, the auxiliary fan loses its low speed setting and thus, compensates by pulsing at high speeds for short intervals, alternating full speed and off for several seconds at a time.
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We’ve upgraded to a newer dashcam—a Yi Ultra. Some of the notable features of this camera include (1) large video resolution of 2.7K or 2704 by 1520 pixels, (2) wifi connectivity with a smart phone for viewing and downloading files, (3) high sensitivity in low-light conditions, but no IR night-vision mode, and (4) voice-activated photo capture (takes photos by saying “Yi, take a photo”). The Yi Ultra replaces our old Polaroid N302 dash camera.
We’ve recently renewed the registration of our EcoSport and decided to check LTO’s info about our vehicle. To check, text “LTO VEHICLE <PLATE#>” to 2600. The service only appears to work during office hours.
Lately, it has become more and more difficult to remove the tires due to a problem with our EcoSport’s lug nuts. The issue appears to be due to the lug nut’s thin metal sleeve, which once damaged, makes removal extremely difficult. After not being able to remove one of the tires during a road emergency, I’ve finally decided to replace the lug nuts.
As part of preventive maintenance procedure, EcoSport’s spark plugs must be replaced (or restored to proper specifications) every 40,000 kilometers. To remove and install the spark plugs, you will need a tool called a spark plug wrench.
The catch basin that collects and diverts flowing water from the windshield when it rains is called the cowl. The cowl must be cleaned regularly (every few years) to ensure it is not clogged and effectively channels the water away from the engine. To clean the cowl, simply remove the cover, which is secured by some screws and clips. Disassembly and reassembly (for cleaning purposes) only takes a few minutes.