In this modification, I’ve discussed how a vehicle (such as an EcoSport) can be shut off remotely. The DIY setup uses a phone which has been configured to respond only to authorized numbers, coupled to an actuator which disables the fuel pump, thus, shutting off the engine.
EcoSport is equipped with a hands-free entertainment and vehicle information system called SYNC, which allows placing a call or sending a text message with just a few key presses. With a mobile phone connected to SYNC via Bluetooth, calls and text messages will now show up on the dashboard’s central display unit. You may then reply to a text message by selecting any of the default messages, such as “Heavy traffic”, “Can’t talk now”, or “Call you later”.
Each text message sent from your EcoSport using SYNC is appended by “This text was sent from my Ford”. For more information about SYNC, head directly to SYNC’s Hansfree Call and Text.
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Color codes are used to accurately identify a specific color. Knowing the correct color code is very useful when performing paintwork and repairs, as this prevents guesswork. Below are the color codes for the different color variants of Ford EcoSport:
Have you driven your EcoSport with an almost empty fuel tank? In June 2017 (about 2 years ago) I was able to do so. While the information display shows “0 km range” indicating an “empty” gas tank, I was able to drive around for about 2-3 km after reaching the zero mark. I do not know how much fuel is left at zero mark (I have yet to measure that), but it appears that there is still some “reserve fuel” in the tank. As a safety margin, the gauge is probably calibrated to display zero even though there is still some fuel left.
EcoSport (MT) has an anti-theft feature called steering wheel lock. After removing the key, any attempt to turn the steering wheel engages a lock that prevents the wheel from turning any further. To deactivate the lock, simply insert the key and nudge the steering wheel slowly back and forth while turning the ignition switch to start the vehicle.
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!
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.
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).