Check Engine Light

The dreaded check engine light appeared on our dashboard when we were climbing a steep hill in Tagaytay. We believe that the error was tripped by poor combustion since it appeared precisely at the moment when the car was struggling, with the RPM dropping below idling levels (below 900 RPM). We did not reset anything, we simply parked and leave the car for about 30 minutes. When we restarted it, the error has disappeared.

Check engine light simply indicates that something about the engine is beyond the normal expected readings as determined by the manufacturer.

The error appeared when our EcoSport was still at 31,000 km. The car now has covered more than 55,555 km, and the error has not reappeared.

Related link: EcoSport Warning Lights

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Yankee Candle’s Charming Scents

The following product review is NOT sponsored by Yankee Candles. There are NO sponsored reviews nor advertisements on this website, EcoSport DIY Series.

Yankee Candle also offers air fresheners for cars called Charming Scents. It is essentially a scented material placed on a stylish locket that you hang on the car’s rear view mirror. The scented material must be replaced every 2-3 months, with lots of variants to choose from. Additional charms may also be purchased to further accessorize your car.

We’ve been charmed by Yankee Candle air fresheners for more than a year now.

Having tried out other brands with different scents and employing different dispensing methods, as a matter of personal preference, we believe that these scented charms are one of the best car air fresheners available in the local market.

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EcoSport’s Remote Key uses CR2032

The remote key of an EcoSport (across all variants) uses the battery designated as CR2032: C refers to the battery chemistry (lithium type), R refers to the shape (round), 20 and 32 refer to the dimensions (20 mm in diameter, 3.2 mm in thickness).

A pair CR2032 typically cost 1 USD in a local hardware store, and should last for 3-5 years even with daily use.

Battery replacement requires disassembly of the remote key, and was covered in the video (for Trend and Ambiente remotes only) Opening the Boot Door with the Remote.

Related link: EcoSport’s Transponder Key

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Early Warning Device (EWD)

Early warning devices (EWDs) are signaling devices used to alert other motorists of a road emergency, and must be used whenever a vehicle is stopped on the road for any reason. EWDs are mandatory accessories for all motorized vehicles, as required by law.

EWDs are not included as standard accessory in an EcoSport.

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The Lighthouse at Subic

We’ve visited the Lighthouse in Subic, Zambales. We wanted to try out some water sports but it was a stormy weekend. We went visiting malls and duty-free shops instead, which sharpened our skill in converting dollar to peso ;) As we drive around Subic, we became more familiar with the first to stop, first to go traffic scheme.

The Lighthouse Marina Resort at Subic, Zambales

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Cabin Air Filter (Pollen Filter)

I have recently received a genuine Ford cabin air filter (or pollen filter) from one of our readers. The cabin air filter prevents dust particles from reaching the part of the air-conditioning system that cools the air (the evaporator). The filter is replaced every 20,000 km or as necessary. While non-Ford filters are also available, they may not offer the same amount of usable surface area (that’s why they are so cheap, they use less material). I am glad someone thought of sending me this, I do not need to buy one for the next scheduled maintenance of our EcoSport.

Cabin air filter (or more accurately, pollen filter) is replaced every 20,000 km or as needed

To keep the cabin air filter free from molds (which in turn will cause foul smell to develop), always give time for the filter to reach ambient temperature before switching off the engine. You can do this by simply switching the air conditioner to fan mode only, for at least 5 to 10 minutes before switching off the engine. Occasionally, you may blow heated air through the filter or even use a disinfectant (we will make a separate tutorial for this in the future). Remember that the air you breathe inside the cabin passes through this filter, so it is important to replace it regularly.

To learn how to install or replace the cabin air filter (pollen filter) of an EcoSport, head directly to Replacing the Cabin Filter.

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Late Night Parking at S Maison

We’ve observed what appears to be an almost empty basement parking space at S Maison (at Conrad Manila) after a late night movie on June 12, 2019 (a nationwide holiday). I’m sure had we looked around, we’ll likely find other cars parked.

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This Text Was Sent From My Ford

EcoSport is equipped with a hands-free entertainment and vehicle information system called SYNC, which allows placing a call or sending a text message with just a few key presses. With a mobile phone connected to SYNC via Bluetooth, calls and text messages will now show up on the dashboard’s central display unit. You may then reply to a text message by selecting any of the default messages, such as “Heavy traffic”, “Can’t talk now”, or “Call you later”.

Each text message sent from your EcoSport using SYNC is appended by “This text was sent from my Ford”

For more information about SYNC, head directly to SYNC’s Hansfree Call and Text.

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