Just recently, the drive belt of our EcoSport snapped while on the road, which we’ve managed to replace (on-site) by using the vehicle’s supplied 19 mm socket wrench. Realizing the need to have the right tools at your disposal especially during road emergencies, we’ve decided to purchase a new tool set for our EcoSport.
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We’ve upgraded to a newer dashcam—a Yi Ultra. Some of the notable features of this camera include (1) large video resolution of 2.7K or 2704 by 1520 pixels, (2) wifi connectivity with a smart phone for viewing and downloading files, (3) high sensitivity in low-light conditions, but no IR night-vision mode, and (4) voice-activated photo capture (takes photos by saying “Yi, take a photo”). The Yi Ultra replaces our old Polaroid N302 dash camera.
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 also tested light bulbs with 100W low beam and 130W high beam, and despite the increase in wattage, the headlight assembly dissipates the heat well. After a few months of testing, there appears to be no damage to the reflector (I will update this post if melting or any sort of damage occurs later on).
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.
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).
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EcoSport’s headlights are designed to accept bulbs with H4 specifications. H4 and HS1 bulbs are different bulb specifications but with almost identical dimensions—HS1 bulbs have wider center pin (A) compared to an H4 (B). Also, a standard HS1 bulb is rated at 35W/35W, while a standard H4 bulb is rated at 60W/55W (HS1 is less bright than an H4).
With just a minor modification, it is possible to swap the H4 with an HS1 bulb. While an H4 bulb fits on an HS1 mounting fixture without modification, fitting an HS1 on an H4 slot requires bending of its reference pin.
HS1 bulbs are intended for use in motorcycle headlights as they feature low wattage and relatively high light output. In this particular modification, I used an OSRAM 12V 35W-35W HS1 bulb. Due to lower wattage than the stock bulb (35W vs 55W), the light output appears to be a bit dim, but adequate enough for normal city driving conditions.
Important: This is just a test to see if HS1 and H4 bulbs can be swapped. I’ll be reverting back soon to an H4 OSRAM Night Breaker Laser .
Portable ultrasonic diffusers can be used to fill a car’s cabin with a fine water mist and oil fragrance of your choice. The amount of mist dispensed can be varied depending on your preference. The unit is powered via a 5V USB port and features glowing LED lights.
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Yankee Candle also offers air fresheners for cars called Charming Scents. It is essentially a scented material placed on a stylish locket that you hang on the car’s rear view mirror. The scented material must be replaced every 2-3 months, with lots of variants to choose from. Additional charms may also be purchased to further accessorize your car.
Having tried out other brands with different scents and employing different dispensing methods, as a matter of personal preference, we believe that these scented charms are one of the best car air fresheners available in the local market.
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With all the modifications I’ve done with our EcoSport, the cost of getting another dash camera became prohibitive. To help offset the costs, one of our generous readers sent me a new Transcend Drive Pro 110. Our donor realized that modification projects do cost a lot, and wanted to help out offset the expenses by sponsoring a project. Thank you very much!
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