Whereas you can interchange all four wheels, the TPMS continues to work without giving a warning, & no trip to the dealership was ever made?
I just want to know if someone has really done this, or are we talking in theory here?
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 49.9 mpg (US) ... 21.2 km/L ... 4.7 L/100 km ... 59.9 mpg (Imp)
Maybe I should remove all four TPMS sensors to save weight. I think it would make an amazing difference in performance.
- Buy a used Mirage wheel/tire from a salvage yard
- Program the new sensor to match a TPMS sensor ID in one of my existing wheels
- Install the sensor in the salvage yard wheel
- Install the salvage yard wheel on the car (replacing the existing wheel from step 2)
- Drive car and confirm the TPMS light never comes on.
Well...I'm too cheap to do all of that. I've spent enough money on this stuff so far. I'll take everyone's word for it on Amazon, etc.
A TPMS sensor doesn't do anything except broadcast an ID and a tire pressure (and a few other pieces of info). Every time your car starts moving, the ETACS module reads the 4 TPMS ID numbers it has stored. If it's getting a signal from those 4 ID's (and the tire pressure is OK), the TPMS light will go off. The sensors don't receive data...they just broadcast.I just want to know if someone has really done this, or are we talking in theory here?
Cloning sensor ID's is the most productive way for tire shops to handle TPMS issues. If you can clone sensor ID's, then you don't need to interface with the car's computer or know the TPMS re-learn process for every make/model out there. Next time you're in a tire store, ask if they can clone TPMS sensors. A couple of local chains here are now doing it.
This stuff really isn't complicated. It's just that Mitsubishi (and a few other manufacturers) have chosen to make the process of replacing sensors painfully difficult. Cloning is the way to beat the system.
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 51.6 mpg (US) ... 21.9 km/L ... 4.6 L/100 km ... 62.0 mpg (Imp)
We shouldn't have to clone sensors. We shouldn't have to buy a tool or visit a dealership. A car should sense 4 working sensors are in place, & that's it. That's not complicated to me! I've been asking since December of 2017 (both locally and on this forum), & I still haven't heard of anyone that has successfully cloned a Mirage's factory sensor. For something that shouldn't be complicated, something seems wrong to me?
That's the appeal of cloning your existing sensor. The cloned sensor matches the sensor it's replacing. If you have two sets of wheels that are cloned to each other, the car doesn't know if you are running your summer or winter tires. To the car it's reading the same 4 sensors. Cloning sensors avoid the trip to the dealership & this silly charge. Cloning avoids having to even reprogram your car.
This is nothing like someone sharing - They put 4 new sensors in the wheels of their 2004 Saab. The car automatically recognized and registered the new sensors. Done! You do nothing! That's simple & not complicated!