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).
Early warning devices (EWDs) are signaling devices used to alert other motorists of a road emergency, and must be used whenever a vehicle is stopped on the road for any reason. EWDs are mandatory accessories for all motorized vehicles, as required by law.
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EcoSport has a feature that prevents opening of the door from inside (a child lock) and another feature that prevents opening of the door from outside (door lock). This video discusses how each feature is used, and the difference between the two.
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.
In addition to a front-facing dash camera, some car owners prefer to install a rear-facing camera. In the case of an EcoSport, this camera may be mounted on the rear door. The power supply cable of the camera may be neatly hidden behind the rear door panel, and passed through the door’s rubber connector.
I have installed a rear view camera (or a rear-facing camera) in our EcoSport. This camera is a Transcend DP110, which is actually a gift from one of our blog readers. The camera is mounted on the rear window.
A reverse horn (or a back up horn) is a small signalling device used to alert pedestrians and passers by of a vehicle moving in reverse direction. Reverse horns produce beeps of a certain tone and length that follows international standards. It draws power directly from the vehicles reverse light harness. In this modification, I have described how I installed a Maruzen back up horn in an EcoSport.
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European standards require vehicles to have one (or two) rear fog lights, and one (or two) reverse lights. In the case of an EcoSport, it is equipped with only one reverse light and one rear fog light. In this modification, I have removed the red rear fog light assembly and replace it with a white left reverse light assembly, tapped on to the wiring harness of the right reverse light.
EcoSport’s rev limiter is a feature that helps prevent excessive engine revving by cutting off throttle input whenever you reach 6300 RPM, just below the red line. While a rev limiter helps prevent engine damage by setting a maximum limit, there are still instances in which damage may occur due to faulty driver input, such as shifting to lower gears at very high speeds, while at maximum RPM (doing so would shoot the RPM beyond the red line and very likely lead to catastrophic engine damage).