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.
EcoSport’s rear door (boot door) does not have a manual override. If the door’s actuator fails, the rear door won’t open until repairs are made. In this video, I have demonstrated how I installed an emergency rear door open knob that you can simply pull to open the rear door.
The DIY manual override knob features the following:
1. When the vehicle is locked, the knob will be automatically disabled. If a child pulls this knob, it will not open the rear door for as long as the vehicle is locked.
2. When the engine is running and the knob is pulled, a notification ‘door open’ appears on the dashboard’s console. The rear door will open only when the vehicle is unlocked.
3. It integrates fully with the alarm system, i.e., if someone pulls this knob when the alarm is active, it will trip the alarm. But then again, with the vehicle locked, the alarm sounds off but the door will not open!
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.
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.
In an attempt to better capture and document our road adventures, I have installed a driver’s view camera, mounted in the head rest of our EcoSport. The camera mount is designed to capture photos and videos from the perspective of the driver, without blocking the driver’s view. To view a sample video in which this mount was used, click here.
To watch the video on how I installed this driver’s view camera mount, head directly to Driver’s View Camera.
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).
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.
I have recently stumbled upon a surplus Maruko horn (low tone only) which I installed in our EcoSport. Horns are supposed to come in pairs but I was unable to find the high tone horn that pairs up with this one. Powerful horns such as the Maruko draw about 4 amperes, thus, the installation requires the use of a relay and a new wiring harness. In the video, I have explained not only how to mount the horn, but also how to wire it with the relay.