Testing a Sony TPS-L2 Walkman

I had fun connecting this retro cassette player to the audio line in of our EcoSport, using standard audio cables (3.5 mm jack on both ends). I’ve found this 1979 player in a surplus audio shop (for 1 USD, labeled as defective) and restored it by replacing the belts. The Sony TPS-L2 is the very first model of Walkman released by Sony, and was featured recently in an awesome movie. I guess the seller does not really know that this particular Walkman model is a collector’s item among audio enthusiasts.

TPS L2 (7)

This is a just a test, and no, I won’t be keeping this on my dashboard. To watch the video of the TPS-L2 test, head to Testing a Sony TPS-L2.

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UP Diliman Academic Oval

This is a daily sight for me, as I have been working here in UP Diliman since 2013. Send me a note if you happen to be in the vicinity.

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Meet our Pet Rooster

Our pet rooster has been featured in Manila Bulletin. To view all posts about our pet, click here.

We have a pet rooster who travels with us on our road trips. We found him while still an egg and my  fiancée (who is a surgeon) helped him hatch, and the rooster now thinks we are his parents (more of this on later posts)! He always follows us everywhere we go, and we also bring him to various pet-friendly places (not many places here in the Philippines allow chicken pets).

Chocobo
Dami Chocobo! [Lots of Chocobos!]
Here are some photos of Chocobo on-board our EcoSport!

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Chocobo the Rooster enjoys the best life as his ‘parents’ feed him Starbucks, spaghetti

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Replacing Busted Cabin Lights

Cabin lights not only illuminate the inside of your cabin, it also alerts you of an open door (when set to auto, the lights dim only when all doors are closed). To replace a busted bulb, simply pull the cabin light assembly by applying slight pressure on the appropriate tabs. No tools are needed to remove the cabin light assembly, but it can be very difficult to remove if done incorrectly. The front and rear cabin lights can be removed following the same procedure.

To watch a video showing how to remove the cabin light assembly (front and rear) and replace a busted bulb, head directly to Replacing Cabin Light’s Light Bulb.

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Removing EcoSport’s Antenna

There may be several valid reasons why you would need to remove the stock antenna of an EcoSport: (1) the antenna has been damaged and needs replacement, (2) you plan on replacing it with a fancy non-stock antenna, (3) you have no need for it and plans on installing a shark’s fin instead (antennas can damage car covers, and car covers can damage antennas).

To watch a video on how to remove EcoSport’s stock antenna, head directly to Removing EcoSport’s Antenna.

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Stock Antenna Modification
Amateur Radio

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Removing Bumper Scratches

Because of the unique surface characteristics of EcoSport’s plastic bumpers, the only way to completely remove scratches is by repainting it (any attempt to use a polishing agent will lead to more damage). Fortunately, light scratches on the bumper can be hidden effectively (concealed only) following an old trick: using a candle wax.

To watch a video on how to use a candle wax to conceal bumper scratches, head directly to Removing Bumper Scratches.

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Removing Paint Scratches
Fixing Paint Scratches with Nail Polish

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Removing the Handbrake Panel

Do you feel the need to retrieve the coins that have fallen through the gaps near the handbrake? First let me assure you that those coins will not cause any harm other than making occasional sounds when the car is driven through a pot hole. For other items like food (and other important things), retrieval may be necessary, and the only way to do that is to remove the handbrake panel.

Removing the handbrake panel is also necessary when adjusting the handbrake (removing slack) and inspecting the airbag module (for flooded vehicles).

To watch the video on how I removed the handbrake panel, head directly to Removing EcoSport’s Handbrake Panel.

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Changing a Flat Tire

Changing a flat tire is an essential skill that every driver must know. With practice, changing tires should take only about 20 to 30 minutes, even for first timers. You should not be driving if you do not know how to swap tires!

To change a flat tire:

1. Loosen the nuts using the supplied tool found at the boot.
2. Engage the hand brake.
3. Place the supplied jack in the designated position.
4. Lift the car to free the wheels.
5. Remove the nuts.
6. Swap the damaged wheel with the spare wheel.
7. Replace and tighten the nuts slightly.
8. Lower the car.
9. Tighten the nuts completely.

To watch a video on how to change a flat tire, head directly to Changing a Flat Tire.

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Vulcanizing a Punctured Tire
Removing the Spare Wheel Cover

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Pen-Type Tire Pressure Gauge

A tire pressure gauge is an instrument for measuring the air pressure in a car’s tire. Proper tire pressure is essential in promoting road safety and maximum fuel efficiency.

To watch the video on how to use a pen-type tire pressure gauge, head directly to Using a Pen-Type Tire Pressure Gauge.

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Recommended Tire Pressure for EcoSport’s Wheels
Portable Air Compressor

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EcoSport’s Steering Wheel Lock

EcoSport (MT) has an anti-theft feature called steering wheel lock. After removing the key, any attempt to turn the steering wheel engages a lock that prevents the wheel from turning any further. To deactivate the lock, simply insert the key and nudge the steering wheel slowly back and forth while turning the ignition switch to start the vehicle.

To watch the video on how the steering wheel lock works, head directly to EcoSport’s Steering Wheel Lock.

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