EcoSport’s rear door (boot door) does not have a manual override. If the door’s actuator fails, the rear door won’t open until repairs are made. In this video, I have demonstrated how I installed an emergency rear door open knob that you can simply pull to open the rear door.
The DIY manual override knob features the following:
1. When the vehicle is locked, the knob will be automatically disabled. If a child pulls this knob, it will not open the rear door for as long as the vehicle is locked.
2. When the engine is running and the knob is pulled, a notification ‘door open’ appears on the dashboard’s console. The rear door will open only when the vehicle is unlocked.
3. It integrates fully with the alarm system, i.e., if someone pulls this knob when the alarm is active, it will trip the alarm. But then again, with the vehicle locked, the alarm sounds off but the door will not open!
A dashboard switch for opening the rear door must be used with caution. Such a switch taps directly on to the wiring harness of the door-open button at the rear door. This modification is similar to the third button modification of the remote, which enables opening of the rear door, using the remote.
This video demonstrates how to repair a damaged rear door lock actuator of an EcoSport,with a low-cost (250 pesos or 5 US dollars) generic actuator. In the video, I explained how to remove the stock actuator, mount the replacement generic actuator using cable ties, connect the wires for the power supply, and attach the lock-release cable to the arm of the actuator.
This video demonstrates how to remove EcoSport’s rear door panel in order to access the wiper mechanism, the windshield washer sprayer tube, the rear windshield heater, and the rear door lock actuator. In the video, I explained how to properly remove the retaining clips, and how to use a plastic prying tool in removing the panel.
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.
To watch the video on how I repaired a leak in the rear door seal of my EcoSport, head directly to Rear Door Seal Water Leak.
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Unlike in the other doors of the EcoSport which can be opened manually by pulling the door handle, the rear door lacks this feature and can only be opened by pressing a switch. Integrated in the rear door is an electro-mechanical device that moves the unlock mechanism—this is called an actuator (you can learn more about the rear door actuator here).
As you close the door, it is pressed against a spring, and then it latches. When you press the unlock button, the door opens as soon as the actuator releases the latch. Because of this design, dirt and grime may cause the rear door’s unlock mechanism to malfunction.