Removing the Handbrake Panel

Do you feel the need to retrieve the coins that have fallen through the gaps near the handbrake? First let me assure you that those coins will not cause any harm other than making occasional sounds when the car is driven through a pot hole. For other items like food (and other important things), retrieval may be necessary, and the only way to do that is to remove the handbrake panel.

Removing the handbrake panel is also necessary when adjusting the handbrake (removing slack) and inspecting the airbag module (for flooded vehicles).

To watch the video on how I removed the handbrake panel, head directly to Removing EcoSport’s Handbrake Panel.

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Changing a Flat Tire

Changing a flat tire is an essential skill that every driver must know. With practice, changing tires should take only about 20 to 30 minutes, even for first timers. You should not be driving if you do not know how to swap tires!

To change a flat tire:

1. Loosen the nuts using the supplied tool found at the boot.
2. Engage the hand brake.
3. Place the supplied jack in the designated position.
4. Lift the car to free the wheels.
5. Remove the nuts.
6. Swap the damaged wheel with the spare wheel.
7. Replace and tighten the nuts slightly.
8. Lower the car.
9. Tighten the nuts completely.

To watch a video on how to change a flat tire, head directly to Changing a Flat Tire.

Related link:
Vulcanizing a Punctured Tire
Removing the Spare Wheel Cover

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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 Steering Wheel Lock

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.

To watch the video on how the steering wheel lock works, head directly to EcoSport’s Steering Wheel Lock.

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Adjusting the Steering Wheel Column

To achieve a comfortable driving posture, it may sometimes be necessary to adjust the position of the steering wheel. The wheel, which is held in place by the steering column, can be moved higher, lower, closer, and farther, depending on the driver’s preference.

To watch a video on how to adjust the position of the steering wheel of an EcoSport, head directly to Adjusting the Steering Wheel Column.

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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!

Emergency Rear Door Opener (2)

To watch the video on how to install an emergency  rear door opener, head directly to EcoSport’s Emergency Rear Door Opener.

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Replacing EcoSport’s Engine Air Filter

EcoSport’s service manual recommends engine air filter replacement every 40,000 km. Knowing how to replace the filter will not only save you on maintenance expenses, but also enables you to inspect (or clean) filters regularly.

To replace the engine air filter:
1. Remove the engine air filter’s compartment cover secured in place by four screws.
2. Lift the cover to access the filter.
3. Remove the old filter and replace it with the new one.
4. Replace the compartment’s cover and secure it in place.

To watch the video on how to replace the engine air filter, head directly to Replacing EcoSport’s Engine Air Filter.

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Visit to PAGASA Observatory

I have another hobby—astrophotography. Checkout my other blog here.

In the next few months, I will be joining scheduled astronomical observations in NCR and nearby provinces, to capture photos of the moon, planets, and galaxies. Thanks to the spacious boot of our EcoSport, I can easily transport all my equipment.

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Removing EcoSport’s Head Rest

There may be instances when you need to remove the head rest of an EcoSport (e.g., changing the seat cover). To remove or adjust the head rest, simply push the release button on the left and right pillars. As an interlock feature, one of the release buttons is hidden, and must be pushed with a pin.

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To watch a video on how to remove EcoSport’s head rest, head directly to Removing EcoSport’s Head Rest.

Related links: Camera Mounted on the Head Rest

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Folding EcoSport’s Rear Seats

To fold the rear seats, simply pull the ‘cloth handle’, then lift the seat until it becomes nearly vertical. Folding the rear seats allows you to maximize the cargo space in your EcoSport.

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To watch a video on how to fold EcoSport’s rear seats, head directly to Folding the Rear Seats.

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