Auxiliary High Beam Lights

I have installed a pair of 55W auxiliary lights that turn on only when the high beams are on. The lights switch on and off with the help of an electronic switch called a relay. The relay is connected in parallel to the line that powers the high beams, and thus, is energized only when the headlights are in high beam mode.

To watch a video on how to install a pair of auxiliary lights that only turn on with the high beams, head directly to Auxiliary High Beam Lights.

Related link: Installing a High-Powered Horn

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Roads Leading to Malacañan

Roads in the vicinity of Malacañan (also Malacañang) are accessible to the public but with limited access. As you enter the gates, you must surrender your driver’s license and comply with security checks. The roads will lead you only up to the publicly-accessible places surrounding the palace (such as government offices and a church) but not inside the compound.

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Bulacan Roadtrip 2019

We went to Bulacan and dropped by SM Marilao. Chocobo, our rooster pet, was allowed to enter the mall, thus, we were able to enjoy the place and take a photo with him beside the Christmas tree.

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Batangas Roadtrip 2019

Last week, we explored some interesting places in Batangas such as the Marian Orchard and the Milea Bee Farm. We stayed at Lima Park Hotel, which we learned that the name was derived from Lipa and Malvar (thus, ‘Li-ma’).

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Installing a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

A tire pressure monitoring system is an accessory that enables real-time monitoring of the vehicle’s tire pressure and temperature via wireless sensor modules installed on the tires—external sensors simply attach to the end of the valve stem like valve cap while internal sensors require disassembly of the tire as the stock valve stem is replaced with reinforced valve stem with a sensor module attachment. The lithium batteries that power the sensors (both internal or external variants) are expected to last 3-5 years, depending on how often the car is used. The sensor data is then sent on to a receiver monitor which displays real-time information about the tire’s air pressure and temperature.

The TPMS kit I installed in our EcoSport has a receiver monitor that is powered via cigarette lighter socket (12V port) with 4 sensor transmitter modules that need to be installed inside the tires (internal type).

To watch a video on how I installed a tire pressure monitoring system in our EcoSport, head directly to Installing a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Related link:
Installing a Dash Camera
Installing Extra 12V Ports
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Side Mirror Adjustment Switch

EcoSport is equipped with motorized left and right side mirrors that may be adjusted through a control switch mounted on the driver’s door. The switch may be removed by using any flat tool to pry it up out of the panel.

To watch the video on how to remove and replace the side mirror adjustment control switch, head directly to Side Mirror Adjustment Switch.

Related links:
Removing the Side Mirror
Anti-Theft Side Mirror Cover

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Coron, Palawan

Pristine sands, transparent waters, and starry skies: Coron is simply one of the best places we’ve ever been to.

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Sisiman Bay, Bataan

If you happen to be in Mariveles, take a detour via the old zigzag road. This will bring you an overlooking view of Sisiman Bay.

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Related link:
Bataan Reunion 2017

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Periodic Maintenance Schedule (PMS) for EcoSport

To prevent damage to your EcoSport due to neglect, a strict schedule in performing vehicle maintenance procedure must be followed. This is called the Periodic Maintenance Schedule (PMS).

The idea behind the PMS is simple: perform maintenance procedure as you cover some road distance (measured in km) and as the vehicle ages. Consumable parts are replaced once they reach the end of their service life (as checked against a certain threshold). Below is a list of key maintenance procedure that must be attended to as part of the PMS:

  • Replace oil every 10,000 km (at most every 20,000 km)
  • Replace oil filter whenever new oil is used
  • Replace drive belt every 80,000 km to 100,000 km
  • Replace engine batteries (DIN 44 or 55) every 2 to 3 years
  • Replace coolant fluid every 240,000 km or top-up as needed
  • Replace brake/clutch fluid every 60,000 km or top-up as needed
  • Replace all tires every 5 years (including spare tire)
  • Replace cabin filter (air-con) every 20,000 km or as needed
  • Clean brakes every 10,000 km or as needed
  • Replace brake pads/shoes once minimum thickness is reached
  • Replace spark plugs every 40,000 km (up to 80,000 km) or as needed
  • Replace engine air filter every 40,000 km or as needed
  • Replace fuel filter every 40,000 km or as needed
  • Replace wipers every 5 years or as needed
  • Replace remote key battery every 3 to 5 years or as needed
  • Perform an under wash every 2 years (optional)
  • Perform an engine wash every 2 years (optional)
  • Replace transmission fluid AT/MT every 240,000 km
  • Replace clutch material (MT and AT) as needed (clutch material are designed to outlast the life of a vehicle when used properly)
  • Multi-point inspection such as checking instrument gauges, warning lights, horns, bulbs, washer and wiper operation, exterior lights, handbrake, seat belts, hood latch and hinges, wiring, pipes, hoses, heater, radiator, engine drive belt, steering and suspension, under body, brake system, A/C, bolt tightening, wheel rotation (as needed), refilling of wiper wash fluid, and battery health check, are also performed during PMS

Only vehicles that follow the dealer-recommended PMS are eligible to receive warranty claims within the vehicle’s warranty period of 3 years, or an equivalent of 100,000 km distance covered. Failure to perform key maintenance procedures will lead to costly repairs. Keep your EcoSport in good condition by following the recommended PMS.

Related link:
Warranty for EcoSport
FORD website on recommended vehicle PMS

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Strawberry Farm in Baguio

We picked some strawberries in this popular destination in La Trinidad, Baguio. Bring a cooler with lots of ice if you plan on bringing home your hand-picked berries. Enjoy picking early in the morning, and don’t rush!

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