EcoSport’s Fuse Box

New gadgets and accessories may be safely added to an EcoSport by utilizing the fuse box. Knowing which fuse slots remain powered when the engine is running, and which fuse slots shut off as the ignition key is switched off, may be useful to DIY enthusiasts who want to add new gadgets that turns on and off with the engine.

To watch the video demonstrating how the fuse box of an EcoSport behaves as the ignition switch (key) is turned on and off, head directly to Ecosport’s Fuse Box.

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Auto Power Off 12V Port

EcoSport’s 12V port remains on (powered) even when the engine is off. While this could be an advantage as there is no need to turn the engine on in order to charge a phone, some would prefer a 12V port that turns off automatically. In this video, I have modified the 12V port of my EcoSport (Trend MT) to disconnect power when the ignition key is in off position.

This modification requires the use of a DIY jumper.

To watch the video on how to modify the 12V port of an EcoSport so that it turns off automatically when the engine is off, head directly to Auto Power Off 12V Port.

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Testing the Range of my Two-Way Radio

Any place with high elevation offers ideal conditions to test the range of a radio gear. I was in Tagaytay last week testing out the two-way radio equipment I have installed in my EcoSport. With multiple successful contacts from Tagaytay to other radio stations in Quezon City, I was able to determine that my current radio setup has an effective range of at least 70 km.

Tagaytay to QC Radio
Tagaytay to Quezon City, Distance: 70 km

The farthest-ever distance reached by my radio setup is about 135 km, when I accidentally received a “CQ” (a call) from a station in Calapan, Mindoro, while driving along Roxas Blvd., in Manila.

Manila-Calapan
Manila to Calapan, Distance: 135 km

The equipment I used for these tests are as follows (as of September 2018).

Yaesu 2900R VHF 75-watt base radio
Diamond SG7000 dual band mobile antenna (1/4-wave VHF, 6/8-wave UHF)
Diamond K33 antenna mount
Diamond SX200 SWR meter
4 meters of RG8 cable

To watch the full-length video on how I installed a two-way radio in an EcoSport, head directly to Installing a Two-Way Radio (Advanced) and Installing a Two-Way Radio (Basic).

Related link: Stock Antenna Modification

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Installing Extra 12V Port

Since only one 12V port is factory-installed on a Trend variant (in contrast to the Titanium variant which has two 12V ports, one for the front passenger and one for the rear passengers), I have decided to install two extra ports in my Trend EcoSport!

12V Socket 12 Port

The port costs only about 130 pesos. A substantial amount, however, will be spent in 10 meters of gauge 12 stranded wire (500 pesos) and wire jacket (200 pesos).

Having extra 12V ports may be useful in powering gadgets and accessories, especially during long drives.

To watch the video on how I installed extra 12V ports in an EcoSport, head directly to Installing Extra 12V Port.

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EcoSport’s Hidden Menu

Did you know that EcoSport has a hidden menu? This is what is called the diagnostic mode, which can be accessed by pressing and holding a button while powering up the car’s instrument cluster. You can enter the diagnostic mode even while the engine is running, thus, providing valuable real-time data about the car’s engine. A Ford technician may find it useful in diagnosing problems and checking the health of your vehicle.

To watch a video on how to enter EcoSport’s diagnostic mode, head directly to Hidden Dashboard Menu.

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Installing a Head Up Display (HUD)

Head up displays or HUDs are transparent displays that allow a user to view information without having to look down, keeping the “head up”. In automobiles, the display module is placed on the dashboard with its characters reflected off the windshield, overlaying real-time information such as the engine’s revolutions per minute (RPM), speed, and engine temperature.

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HUDs have connectors that are compatible with the OBD2 standard. In an EcoSport, the OBD2 port is on the lower left of the steering wheel. Simply connect the display module with the OBD2 port (using a supplied connector), and place the unit on the dashboard.

Not much installation required since HUDs are designed to be plug-and-play. A typical unit costs around 2,000 pesos. An HUD is probably the best upgrade you can install on your EcoSport.

To watch the video tutorial on how I installed a head up display (HUD) in my EcoSport, head directly to Installing a Head Up Display (HUD).

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Engine Wash at Ford Alabang

We went to Ford Alabang last weekend to bring our EcoSport for its 30,000 km periodic maintenance schedule (PMS). Along with the usual oil change and other maintenance procedure such as brake cleaning, bolt tightening, wheel rotation, and many others, we also requested for an engine wash.

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Ford Alabang charges 560 pesos for this service. Alternatively, you may also clean the engine yourself.

To watch the video about the engine wash performed at Ford Alabang, head directly to Engine Wash done by a Ford Dealership.

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