Tutorials

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1. 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 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.

2. Dashboard Switch for Opening EcoSport’s Rear Doors

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.

3. Repairing EcoSport’s Rear Door Actuator

This video demonstrates how to repair a damaged rear door lock actuator of an EcoSport,with a low-cost (250 pesos or 5 US dollars) generic actuator. In the video, I explained how to remove the stock actuator, mount the replacement generic actuator using cable ties, connect the wires for the power supply, and attach the lock-release cable to the arm of the actuator.

4.  Opening the Rear Door with the Remote

EcoSport owners are quick to notice that the third button in its remote is left unused. A simple modification, however, will activate this unused button. This modification will enable the remote key to open the boot door.

The hack is pretty simple—just put an eraser on the hollow space under the button!
The whole process will only take a few minutes, and does not require any special equipment.

5. Installing a Dash Camera

This tutorial video shows how to connect wires on to an EcoSport’s fuse box, such that the dash camera turns on only when the engine is running, i.e., the dash camera turns off as the engine is switched off. If done improperly, this could likely void your warranty, so be very careful in following this modification.

This modification requires basic knowledge of electronics and must be carried out only by those familiar with it. Please do it at your own risk.

6. Cleaning EcoSport’s Cabin Filter

Like in any other air-conditioning system, the air filter in an EcoSport needs to be replaced every once in a while.  My local dealership recommends replacing or cleaning the cabin filter every 20,000 to 30,000 km, or 1 to 2 years, depending on how often the vehicle is used and the environment it is exposed to. Cleaning of the filter is included in EcoSport’s Periodic Maintenance Schedule (PMS). A technician usually replaces the filter when it is due for replacement, but you may also opt to perform the procedure yourself.

7. Shifter Knob Button

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.

8. Installing License Plates in an EcoSport

After 2 years of waiting, the license plates (or more accurately, the registration plates) of our EcoSport have finally arrived (you can check availability of plates in the LTO website).

In this video, I have discussed how I installed the front and rear license plates using a theft-deterrent type of screw called security screws. Security screws are no longer supplied with the plates, thus, must be purchased separately (you can buy 4 stainless-steel security screws complete with nut and washer for 100 pesos or 2 US dollars). Installing the plates with security screws requires some effort since you need to drill through the plastic material then place and tighten a nut on the other side.

9. Installing LTO’s RFID Sticker

We have finally received the registration plate of our EcoSport. LTO-issued plates come with a pair of stickers, one of which has an embedded RFID tag. The stickers must be installed on the windshield, behind the rear view mirror (installing one sticker on top of the other). In this video, I have shown how I installed the sticker set (one transparent and one with the RFID tag) in an EcoSport.

10. 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.

11. 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!

12. Removing EcoSport’s Head Unit

EcoSport’s dashboard may be upgraded with compatible head unit replacement kits, some of which offer full integration to the car’s computer system (via compatible ports) as well as viewing monitors with touch screen functionality.

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Learning the Basics of EcoSport

Periodic Maintenance Schedule (PMS) for EcoSport
How to Prevent your EcoSport from Overheating
EcoSport’s Alarm System
Information Display
Anti-Theft Side Mirror Cover
Child Lock and Door Lock
How to Fold the Rear Seats
Ambient Temperature Sensor
Cooled Glove Box
Removing EcoSport’s Headrest
Adjusting the Steering Wheel Column
Steering Wheel Lock
EcoSport’s Transponder
Removing the Luggage Cover (Tonneau Cover)
797 km in one Full Tank
Replacing Remote Key’s Battery
Parking Rates (Metro Manila)

Roadside Emergencies

Opening and Closing EcoSport’s Hood
How to Remove the Spare Tire Cover
Spare Tire Key
Changing a Flat Tire
Tire Pressure Gauge (Pen-Type)
Portable Air Compressor
Vulcanizing Punctured Tire
EcoSport Master Kill Switch

Repair and Maintenance

Replacing EcoSport’s Engine Air Filter
Removing EcoSport’s Rear Door Panel
Adding Water to the Orange Coolant
Replacing EcoSport’s Cabin Filter
Removing Paint Scratches
How to Clean the Engine Bay
Adjusting Headlights
Replacing 12V Port’s Fuse
Removing EcoSport’s Front Grill
Removing the Handbrake Panel
Removing Bumper Scratches
Removing EcoSport’s Antenna
Replacing Busted Cabin Lights
Cleaning Seats with Non-Leather Cover
Replacing Headlight Bulb
Replacing Side Mirror’s Hazard Light Bulb
Replacing Vanity Light’s Light Bulb
Paintless Dent Removal (PDR)
Cleaning EcoSport’s Rear Door (Boot Door) Lock
Removing Cement Using Vinegar
Removing the Shift Knob (MT)
Replacing Front Hazard Light Bulbs
Removing EcoSport’s Side Mirror
Replacing the Wiper Blades
Underwash
Removing Steering Wheel Trim
Refilling the Windshield Washer Fluid (Wiper Wash)
Fix Paint Scratches with Nail Polish
Cleaning EcoSport’s Windshield Drain
Rear Door Seal Water Leak
Engine Wash done by a Ford Dealership
Replacing the Shifter Cover
Replacing EcoSport’s Rear Plate Light Bulb
Removing the Signal Stalk and Wiper Stalk
Removing the Instrument Cluster
Securing EcoSport’s Grill with Cable Ties
Replacing EcoSport’s Fog Light Bulb
Removing EcoSport’s Third Brake Light Assembly
Replacing Luggage Compartment’s Light Bulb
Removing EcoSport’s Head Unit
Removing the Side Mirror Adjustment Switch

Installing Gadgets and Accessories

Receiving Transmissions from Space
Installing a Two-Way Radio (Basic)
Installing a Two-Way Radio (Advanced) 
Motorized Antenna Mount
Installing a Dash Camera (Part 1: Fuse Tap)
Installing LED Headlights
Installing a Voltmeter
Installing Auxiliary Headlights
12V Lantern Display
Installing a Head Up Display (HUD)
Head Up Display (HUD) Road Test
Installing Extra 12V Port
EcoSport’s Fuse Box
Stock Antenna Modification (Amateur Radio)
Dash Camera with Night-Vision Mode
Transcend DP110 Dash Camera
Testing the Osram Night Breaker Laser (H4)
Installing a Hi-Powered Horn
Yellow (Amber) Headlight Bulb (H4)
Auxiliary Reverse Light
Shifter Knob Button
Installing Dual-Color LED Fog Lights
Installing a Rear View Camera
Rear View Camera Road Test
Camera on EcoSport’s Roof Rail
Testing the Motorized Antenna Mount at High Speeds
Installing a Reverse Horn in an EcoSport
Testing a Sony TPS-L2 Walkman
Laptop Charger
Car Ultrasonic Diffuser
Replacing H4 with HS1 Bulb
Installing a Cup Holder
Installing a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Auxiliary High Beam Lights

Driving an EcoSport

Preparing for a Long Drive
Proper Tire Pressure
Sync’s Hand’s-Free Call and Text
Removing Fog on Windshield
EcoSport’s Defogger
Anti-Glare Rear-View Mirror
Computing Fuel Efficiency Using Full Tank Method
Wheel Spin with an EcoSport Trend MT
LTO’s Practical Driving Exam
Installing an LTO RFID Sticker

Hidden Features

Activating Remote’s Third Button
Hidden Dashboard Menu
Auto Power Off 12V Port
Repairing EcoSport’s Rear Door Actuator
Lock EcoSport’s Doors Even Without the Battery
Installing License Plates using Security Screws
Installing Additional 12V Ports in an EcoSport
Driver’s View Camera
EcoSport’s Rev Limiter
Installing a Left Reverse Light Assembly
Dashboard Switch for Opening the Rear Door
EcoSport Emergency Rear Door Opener
Zero Km-to-Empty (Empty Gas Tank)
Digital Speedometer
EcoSport Color Codes
Hidden Temperature Gauge

You may also view the tutorial videos on my channel EcoSport DIY Series.

Related link:
EcoSport User’s Manual
EcoSport Parts Catalog

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46 thoughts on “Tutorials

      • Thanks for your diy tutorials Sir.
        Regarding emergency rear door opener, nabibili po ng set yung sensor, knob and cable? Im planning to install the same. Actually yung actuator ng boot door ko is failing na..😭. Need to buy also a generic actuator, and follow your tutorial. Thanks again for your efforts making diy’s..

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  1. Hi! I accidentally landed in your Youtube channel and I immediately subscribe there. You help me a lot by watching your Youtube videos regarding Ecosport and also reading your blog post. Kudos to you Mr. Anthony! 😊

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  2. Good am sir.
    A third party car alarm was installed to my ecosport yesterday.
    I’ve noticed something, I locked it thru the remote of the new alarm. Then after 1 minute, I unlocked it again. When I opened the door, the factory car alarm sound off. I quickly pressed the unlocked key of my old remote. Then it stopped. Is this normal? It happened most of the time. The only solutions I did was either to press the unlocked from my old remote or start the engine. Is there a way to deactivate the sound of the factory car alarm?

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    • I was told that such behavior is normal. Apparently (according to a Ford technician) they have no way of by-passing the factory alarm (which is good news). I guess you’ll have to improvise for now :)

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  3. Hi Sir,
    I want to subscribe. I tried to tap on that email add space to get password pero ayaw? Pano kaya. Please help.

    Ecosport owner ako.

    Thank you
    Roy

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    • I believe you are referring to the place where you attach a tow eye or tow hook (supplied tool along with the jack and wrench), so you could pull another car (or be pulled by another car). There is another slot on the front bumper. Both are connected directly to the main frame of the vehicle. I’ll be featuring that soon.

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  4. Thank You Sir,
    Your DIY series are well organized in menus, and groups.It takes a lot of effort to video each topic to explain.Very helpful to Our fellow ecosport owners.

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    • Hi, kindly refer to the instruction manual of your Rear Parking Sensor, It needs to be tapped on to the reverse light harness.

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  5. Thank you very much sir Anthony for sharing your Skills about our beloved EcoSport . May God bless you even more of His Wisdom !

    By the way Sir , meron na ba po tutorial Video mo on how to remove steering wheel (to repair the Horn switch sa handle ng steering wheel ? wala po kasing contact yung lower part button , left & right lang po ng steering wheel gumagana>>>> salamat po muli

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      • ah ok po ,. no probem po sir… salamat po muli… malaking tulong na yung mga nasa videos na nagawa mo po. God Bless!

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  6. Hi Anthony:
    I wish you could feature “how-to” convert rear wheel drum brakes, to a disk brake system. My unit is an Ecosport Titanium. Many Thanks

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    • That would be great, but with very limited personal funding for this DIY page, such a modification is not a priority at the moment :)

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  7. Sir newbie po ako
    my gusto lang akong malamn regarding sa change ng ecosport battery actually palitan n ung battery
    pag napalitan ko n b ng new battery meron p bng kailangn gawin gaya ng pagrest or what so ever kc sa isang nakausap ko meron daw erereprogram at 3500 ang bayad

    or just replace the old to a new battery and no need for reprogaram confusing kc

    pa help manga ka eco

    salamat

    by the way titanium 2018 ung model salamt and god bless

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    • May ilang reports po mula sa ibang ka-eco na nagka-error po sila after magpalit ng battery (nothing serious, need lang i-clear ang error by using a tool na kinoconnect sa OBD2 port sa left side ng steering wheel). Para maiwasan ang error, keep the vehicle powered at all times, pwede gumamit ng extra battery para doon muna kukuha ng power while ginagawa ang pagpapalit. Banggitin nyo po sa kung sino man magpapalit ng battery, dapat familiar sya sa sinasabi ko. Good luck!

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      • Hello sir,

        Napallitan n ung battery tapos pag palit my lumabas n transmission malfucntionafter that nawala nung ginalaw ung kambyo at pinaandar cguro at least 30 mins pero ung date at time nag iba

        Wala n kayang problema ung sasakyan pag di n lumabas ang error n transmission malfunction

        Tapos pwede n syang i-atras at ganun din sa pag abante

        Feed back sir kung kailangan ko pang iperest sa ford baka mamaya kc sir upon driving baka mahinto nalng ng bigla ung eco

        salamt

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  8. Very helpful videos, because of this , have been able to do the following:
    1. Headlight bulb replacement to Osram Nightbreaer
    2 Clean and regrease rear door seal
    3. Fix rear door lock opener nung nag-stuck up
    4. Painted the aircon vent assembly matte black ( orignally silver siya from casa, nakakasilaw sa sideview mirror during daytime).
    5. Replace interior dome lights to LED ( may binbebenta online na kashape nung buong lighting fixture, try niyo rin, maganda siya.
    Lazada: Car Interior Light For Ford Ecosport Focus 2 MK2 2007-2014 LED Reading Lamp Roof LED Lamp – intl

    Maraming salamat sa iyong mga videos!!

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