Pen-Type Tire Pressure Gauge

A tire pressure gauge is an instrument for measuring the air pressure in a car’s tire. Proper tire pressure is essential in promoting road safety and maximum fuel efficiency.

To watch the video on how to use a pen-type tire pressure gauge, head directly to Using a Pen-Type Tire Pressure Gauge.

Related links:
Recommended Tire Pressure for EcoSport’s Wheels
Portable Air Compressor

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EcoSport’s Emergency Rear Door Opener

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!

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Replacing EcoSport’s Headlight Bulb

Every EcoSport owner must know how to replace the headlight bulbs. Not only that it is unsafe to drive with defective headlights, the law also requires turning the headlights on not later than one-half hour after sunset and until at least one-half hour before sunrise, and whenever weather conditions require—something you cannot comply with if your headlights are defective.

To replace a defective headlight bulb, follow the steps below:

1. Open the hood.
2. Remove the headlight cover.
3. Remove the bulb socket.
4. Remove the bulb (by removing the bulb’s clip).
5. Replace the bulb (H4).
6. Secure the bulb’s clip.
7. Replace the bulb’s socket.
8. Replace the headlight cover.
9. Close the hood.

 

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To watch a video on how to replace a busted headlight bulb, head directly to Replacing EcoSport’s Headlight Bulb.

Related link: EcoSport’s Light Bulbs

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Lock EcoSport’s Doors Even Without the Battery

Battery replacement is part of the regular car maintenance procedure. If battery failure happens on the road, there may be instances that you have to remove the battery. This poses a problem because most of us are accustomed to locking the doors with the remote. With the battery removed, you won’t be able to use the remote to lock the car.

In this video, I have discussed how to manually lock the car’s doors by turning a black knob on the side of the door, similar to a child lock knob. This is especially useful when you need to leave the car with a drained or removed battery.

Lock Doors Manually

To watch the video on how to lock the doors of an EcoSport with a drained or removed battery, head directly to Lock EcoSport’s Doors Even Without the Battery.

Related links:
EcoSport’s Child Lock and Door Lock
When to Replace EcoSport’s Battery

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Vulcanizing a Punctured Tire

As a vehicle owner, having a flat tire is inevitable. It is usually a result of the tire getting punctured by sharp objects. This video tutorial explains how a tire puncture is fixed in a vulcanizing shop. The two methods of patching (cold and hot patch) and the two ways of removing the tire from the rim (using simple tools and using a machine) are also shown.

To watch the video on how puncture tires are repaired in a vulcanizing shop, head directly to Vulcanizing a Punctured Tire.

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Spare Tire Key

Stopped at the side of the road, you are trying to remove the spare tire of your EcoSport so you could replace a flat tire. Suddenly you realized, to remove the spare tire, you need a special key!

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Every EcoSport unit comes with a spare tire that is protected by a special key. The key and the nut the pairs with it, serves as an anti-theft device. Without it, it would be very difficult to turn the nut (it can be by-passed but I won’t discuss it here). There are 32 different “keys”, so you can’t simply borrow one from a fellow EcoSport owner and expect that it will work with your unit.

If you lose your key, it is best to ask for a replacement from your dealer. Have you tried removing the spare tire, using the special key?

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Bringing Extra Gasoline

EcoSport’s fuel tank has a capacity of 52 liters, and based on my experience with my Trend MT variant, it can cover a distance of 700 kilometers in one full tank (e.g. Manila-Bataan-Manila-Bicol). Bringing extra gasoline is only necessary under special circumstances, like going on an extended trip to a remote location.

Gasoline should be stored only in especially-designed gasoline containers. These containers come with nozzles (that can be hidden conveniently underneath the cap) for easy refilling of the vehicle’s fuel tank.

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Should you need to bring extra gas with you, understand that it is a fire hazard, thus, special care and attention is needed.

To watch the video on how I used a small gasoline container to bring extra fuel on long roadtrips, head directly to Bringing Extra Gasoline.

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Portable Air Compressor

As a new owner of an EcoSport, you must learn how to prepare for a roadside emergency. One important tool that you may want to consider buying is a portable air compressor. With a portable air compressor, you can inflate a flat tire while on the side of a road, as there are instances that it might be useful.

Portable compressors come in different forms. Like in most any emergency device, the simpler the design, the better.

In buying one for your car, some essential features must be present:

1. It must have a gauge for monitoring pressure (does not matter if digital or analog)
2. Must have an air hose socket that does not require you to hold steady while pumping air (screw-type sockets are recommended)

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To watch the video on how I used a portable air compressor (tire inflator) to inflate a flat tire on my EcoSport, head directly to Portable Air Compressor.

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EcoSport’s Proper Tire Pressure

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Removing the Spare Tire Cover

EcoSport’s elegantly-designed spare tire carrier gives EcoSport a sporty look. As you become an owner of an EcoSport, you will need to learn how to remove the carrier’s cover as part of a regular (weekly) maintenance routine. Check the spare tire regularly—make sure that it is inflated with the proper air pressure of 35 to 40 PSI—especially before leaving for long trips away from the city.

To remove the cover:
1. Remove the padlock to unlock the cover.
2. Place your hands in the lower portion of the cover.
3. Pull the cover a little until it detaches.
4. Lift the cover upwards to remove it completely.

To watch the video on how to remove EcoSport’s spare tire cover, head directly to Removing the Spare Tire Cover.

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Opening and Closing the Hood

One of the first things you need to know in owning a car is opening and closing the hood. In an EcoSport, it can be done by simply pulling a lever near the pedals.

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Pull this lever until you hear the hood open.

To close the hood, simply let it fall under its own weight, at a height of about 6 to 8 inches. Knowing how to open and close the hood is essential and will become handy in roadside emergency especially in inspecting the various engine components.

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