Tires Replacement After 5 Years | 93,000 km

We’ve replaced our EcoSport’s tires after five years of use, at about 93,000 km distance traveled. Tires degrade with age and suffer from the usual wear and tear. The tire’s thread wear indicator and manufacturing date are indicated on the tire (consult with the dealer). For safety reasons and as a matter of preference, we’ve decided to replace all four tires at once (every five years).

The stock tire size of 2014-2018 EcoSport Trend variant is 205/60R16. We had a road emergency once and had to use a 215/60R16 with the stock rim, which also fits perfectly.

Tire shops may offer (1) free installation in which the old tires are removed and replaced with the new tires and (2) free wheel balancing to ensure that the tire which has been mounted on the rim, has a balanced spin without wobble. The tire valves may also need replacement which you need to purchase separately, and also pay for the wheel weights used in balancing. Shops may also offer additional service such as wheel alignment (not needed in the case of our EcoSport, as reported by the wheel alignment machine).

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Spare Wheel Upgrade for Our EcoSport

Our 2017 Trend MT EcoSport was supplied with a standard spare wheel with smaller diameter. Since the spare wheel is smaller than the stock wheels, driving at speeds above 80 km/h will result to vibrations due to the tire size difference (one being smaller than all the others). In January 2022, we purchased a stock mags with tire from a fellow EcoSport owner, upgrading our spare wheel to one that is identical to the other four wheels. A stock wheel with tire size 205/60/R16 still fits in the spare wheel compartment.

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Timing Belt Replacement at 80,000 km

We had our EcoSport’s timing belt replaced in December 2020 at about 80,000 km. In an EcoSport 2014-2018, there are two belts that need replacement, the (1) drive belt that spins the alternator, the coolant pump, and the compressor for the air conditioning unit (replaced every 40,000 km), and (2) the timing belt that spins the shaft that controls the timing of the valves and the ignition sequence of the four cylinders (replaced every 80,000 km). As you replace the timing belt, you also need to replace an idler pulley (called a tensioner), which guides and provide tension to the timing belt.

Timing belt replacement at Ford Makati

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A full tank of gas

A few more of our readers sent token to cover the expenses for a full tank of gas. ECOSPORT DIY SERIES appreciates all the help sent by our readers. Maintaining a website is costly already, and one also needs to factor in the expenses required to carry out modification projects. I am reminded that there are people who care to share the costs of running this website, and thus, such a gesture is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!

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Crosswinds, Tagaytay

In May 2018, we’ve visited a coffee shop in Crosswinds, Tagaytay. The windmill shown in this photo is not an actual windmill (the blades do not rotate), but rather, a building designed to look like a real windmill. Make sure to drop by this popular landmark next time you are in Tagaytay.

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Crosswinds, Tagaytay, May 2018

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EcoSport’s Transponder Key

Most vehicles nowadays are equipped with an immobilizer, a feature that prevents a vehicle’s engine from starting without a valid security code. To disarm the immobilizer, a specialized chip called a transponder embedded in the vehicle’s key provides the valid code. If no transponder with a valid code is detected, a vehicle such as an EcoSport, will remain immobilized— that is, the engine will not start.

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As the name suggests, a transponder chip automatically transmits and responds to the vehicle’s request for a valid security code. The transponder is powered wirelessly through the induction coils near the ignition slot, and must be placed in close proximity to the ignition slot for the chip to power up and be detected (as in the case of Titanium smart keyless systems when the batteries in the remote are too weak).

To watch the video on how EcoSport transponder key works, head directly to EcoSport’s Transponder Key.

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