Another ‘kilometer-stone’ with our EcoSport—we now celebrate our 70707th km—just as the 3-year warranty expires. We have not encountered any issue with our unit since its purchase in December 2016, and we hope to enjoy more road adventures with our beloved EcoSport in the years to come.
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I’ve upgraded the stock halogen headlight bulb of our EcoSport from 55/60W to 90/100W bulb. It resulted to more light output but generated a lot of heat. It also posed greater electrical load than the stock bulb, thus requiring a thicker wire harness. I used 4 relays (two for high beams, two for low beams), a few meters of thick stranded wire (harness) with protective sleeve, two ceramic bulb socket connectors, and two 10A fuses.
Notice the difference in the amount of light output in high and low beams with the high wattage halogen bulb (90/100 watts) and stock halogen bulb (55/60 watts).
Never install high wattage bulbs without the proper upgrades in wiring (harness) and fuse protection, doing so may cause the stock wiring to fail as they were never designed to accommodate load beyond the rated load of the stock bulb.
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.
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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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).
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.