If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you would know that I am also a licensed amateur radio enthusiast (Class B: 4I1AWN). A number of modifications done in this EcoSport are geared towards improving my mobile radio setup. In this video, I have shown how I placed a press-to-talk button in the shifter knob for a hands-free operation of the radio.
The modification involves drilling a hole in the shifter knob and then placing a switch (with light). The shifter rod was also shortened to make room for the switch. Spiral telephone wire cables were used to allow movement of the shifter rod with minimal stress to the cables. Installed in 2016, this shifter knob button has worked flawlessly ever since.
To watch a video on how I installed a shifter knob button in our EcoSport, head directly to Shifter Knob Button.
In a previous video, I have demonstrated how easy it is to remove the front grill of an EcoSport. In an attempt to deter theft, I have used cable ties to secure the grill in place. Any attempt to forcefully remove the grill will result to damage, rendering the grill useless.
This method is fairly secure since in order to remove all the ties, one must be able to have access to the hood, and in the case of my EcoSport, the headlights must be removed first since I placed the cable ties under the headlights (not shown here for obvious reasons).
The dashboard panel behind the steering wheel where key information is displayed (such as RPM, speed, fuel level, and other information) is called the instrument cluster. In this video, I’ve demonstrated how to remove the instrument cluster panel, starting with the hidden top screw, and then the two hidden bottom screws.
This information may be useful in replacing or repairing a faulty instrument cluster panel, or in removing the panel if you plan on painting it to match your choice of interior theme or color.
In a recent trip to Bicol, I had difficulty switching between high and low beams because of a faulty signal stick (note: the correct term is stalk). In this video, I have demonstrated how to remove the left and right stalk assembly near the steering wheel, to access and clean the switches’ contacts. I have also shown how I tapped onto one of the contacts to convert the trip switch (the switch used to toggle the display) into a high beam flasher switch.
A simple cleaning of contacts fixed the signal stalk’s problem. Signal stalks under heavy use usually suffer from this problem.
I have installed a small reverse-light lamp in our EcoSport. This lamp must be turned on independently and does not turn on automatically when selecting the reverse gear. In the video, I have discussed how I tapped onto the wire harness of the reverse fog light.
I usually use this lamp when reversing in poorly-illuminated basement parking spaces.
In 2017, Ford EcoSport Philippines (FESP) has entered into a partnership with Petron, entitling its club members of exclusive perks and privileges. FESP members can avail of an exclusive FESP Petron Value Card (with FESP logo), enabling the holder to earn extra points not available in ordinary Petron value cards. This card was issued to me last year when I became an official club member, but it was only recently that was able to get it.
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