How to see real-time TPMS data in a Mirage (Huf ID1000)
Mirages have "low-line" TPMS systems. Low-line means you only get a warning light on the dash and no tire pressure information is available to the driver.
Having all 4 tire pressures displayed is not only a convenient feature, but it can identify a faulty TPMS sensor or a low tire...without leaving the driver's seat. It can also tell you how quickly a tire is losing pressure (Do I need to pull over now or can I safely make it to the next freeway exit?)
Surprisingly there are almost no products on the market that can receive and display data from TPMS sensors. I've come across a couple of devices, but they only work with specific makes of vehicles (not Mitsubishi, of course).
After some testing, I figured out how to use one of these products in a Mirage without affecting the factory TPMS system. Before I tell you how I did it, let me show you the device and explain why it won't work in a Mirage right out of the box...
Here it is...the Huf ID1000 IntelliDisplay...
This little unit is a stand-alone TPMS receiver/computer that plugs into your car's power port. You register your car's 4 TPMS sensors in the device (super easy), and it displays the real-time data values broadcasting from each sensor. You can toggle back and forth between the air pressure and temperature of all 4 tires. It's a cool little device for less than $90!
Here's a video of the ID1000 in action. It doesn't go into a lot of detail, but it's the only video I can find...
Here's a video showing how to set up the device...
Here's why it won't work in a Mirage right out of the box...
TPMS sensors are tiny radio transmitters that broadcast data to the car's TPMS receiver. This data is transmitted from the TPMS sensors using different data formats (protocols) depending on the vehicle manufacturer. Ford sensors use certain protocols, GM sensors use certain protocols, and so on. The TPMS receiver in your car only understands the protocol Mitsubishi specified for your model year Mirage. The ID1000 device only understands Ford protocols, so it won't recognize the data broadcasting from your factory Mirage TPMS sensors.
Now that we know why it won't work in a Mirage, let's talk about the solution
Our goal is to use the ID1000 (Ford) device in a Mitsubishi. What we need are TPMS sensors that transmit data in multiple protocols. Each sensor will need to send a Ford protocol to communicate with the ID1000 while also sending a Mitsubishi protocol to the Mirage's TPMS receiver. Using "multi-protocol" sensors will allow the Mirage TPMS receiver and the ID1000 to function at the same time because each device will receive a data protocol it understands.
Multi-Protocol (Multi-Application) TPMS Sensors
There are universal replacement TPMS sensors available that broadcast several data protocols (Ford, GM, Nissan and many others) at the same time. The multiple protocols broadcasting from these universal sensors are compatible with almost every make/model of TPMS system...including many Ford and Mitsubishi models.
Universal multi-protocol (sometimes called "multi-application") TPMS sensors were developed as a single replacement sensor that would cover a wide variety of vehicles. Many tire/repair shops stock sensors like this because they are pre-programmed to work with many models...so you don't need to configure/clone them like a programmable sensor. These sensors are what you need if you want to maintain your factory TPMS system and use the ID1000.
VDO makes a universal multi-protocol 315 MHz TPMS sensor called a Redi-Sensor. Redi-Sensors are pre-programmed to work with many makes and models (including most Fords and the 2014+ Mirage). These sensors use the same rubber clip-on valve-stem that the OEM Mirage sensors use.
I've had a Redi-Sensor in one of my 2015 Mirage wheels for 3 years and it works fine (Discount Tire broke one of my OEM sensors when I got my new wheels/tires and they replaced it with a Redi-Sensor).
How to use the ID1000 in a non-Ford vehicle with 315 MHz TPMS sensors
NOTE: The vehicle's OEM TPMS will still function using this method!
Step 1: Replace your existing OEM TPMS sensors with Redi-Sensors
You will need 4 Redi-Sensors (Part # SE10001HPR) installed in your wheels. These sensors are compatible with a 2014-2015 Mirage. You can find them on Amazon.com or RockAuto.com for about $30/each.
I can't find anything that says Redi-Sensors will work with 2017+ Mirages. But when I go to mitsubishipartswarehouse.com, 2014-2018 Mirages use the same part number (4250D585) for the TPMS sensor. This tells me that these Mirage TPMS sensors are using the same protocol...and the Redi-Sensors I'm using should work on these year Mirages. As of July 2019, Mirages for model year 2019 are still an unknown because the parts websites don't have reliable part numbers for 2019 TPMS sensors.
Step 2: Register the new Redi-Sensor IDs in your Mirage's TPMS computer
This might be the hardest part of the entire process. If you don't have a local tire shop with a good TPMS tool available, you may be forced to go to the dealer for an expensive ($100+) TPMS sensor registration ("re-learn") process. You can't get the sensor IDs into the Mirage's computer without an advanced TPMS tool or Mitsubishi dealer scan tool.
Once you complete this step, your factory TPMS system will continue to function as it always has. The difference you can't see is that each one of your TPMS sensors is now sending out multiple data protocols...not just the one protocol that your factory Mirage sensors were sending.
Step 3: Register the new Redi-Sensor IDs with the ID1000
Plug the ID1000 into your car's power adapter (cigarette lighter) and go to the main menu. In the "Vehicle Selection" menu, choose any Ford vehicle from the list that is compatible with Redi-Sensors (I chose a 2015 Ford Fiesta). Remember...the device doesn't know what car it's in. As long as it detects 4 sensors transmitting a TPMS protocol for the Ford model you have chosen in the menu, it will work.
Now proceed with the sensor registration/relearn process used by the ID1000. You have a few choices here. You can trigger the sensors with a TPMS tool OR by letting a few PSI of air out of each tire. But there's an even easier way. This device is advanced enough that it can learn the sensor IDs automatically just by driving the car! The sensor registration process doesn't get any easier than that!
Once the registration/relearn step is complete, you are done and the device is ready to go. When the unit loses power (it will every time you shut the ignition off) the display will be blank. When you start the car and drive faster than 15 MPH, you will begin seeing your real-time tire pressures displayed on the device.
This little $87 device is easier to use and has more features than the Mirage's OEM TPMS!
You can set up your own alarm warnings on the ID1000. Do you want to be alerted when your tire pressure drops below 40 PSI instead of the factory setting of 26 PSI? No problem...this unit can do it. You can also set up high tire temperature warnings. It will even let you set up separate pressure alerts between the front and rear tires (Ford trucks can have different pressure ratings on front/rear tires).
How much did all of this cost?!?
Here's the bottom line...
Huf ID1000....................$ 87 (Amazon)
4 Redi-Sensors................$120 (Amazon)
TPMS Sensor Installation......$ 20 at Discount Tire when I carried in my wheels
Registering TPMS sensor IDs...$FREE (Discount Tire has a good tool and didn't charge me)
So this isn't exactly a low-budget deal. But for around $200, I am happy that I can now see my TPMS data and it was worth the expense for me.
Can I use programmable sensors to do the same thing as multi-protocol (Redi-Sensor) sensors?
Unfortunately you can't...and here's why...
When you configure a programmable sensor with a TPMS tool, you are actually doing 2 things:
1. You're giving the sensor an ID number
2. You're telling the sensor what single communication protocol to broadcast
As best as I can determine, there is no such thing as a programmable sensor that also broadcasts in multiple data protocols. Since programmable sensors only transmit data in 1 protocol, they won't work in this case.
I don't expect everyone to run out and replace perfectly good, working TPMS sensors. But when it comes time to replace your TPMS sensors, consider using a multi-application sensor like the VDO Redi-Sensor (if you can get your sensors registered in your Mirage for a reasonable fee). Redi-Sensors won't cost you any more than a normal replacement sensor, but they will give you the opportunity to take advantage of a device like the Huf ID1000. Maybe some day a company will develop a device to work with Mitsubishi TPMS protocols. Until they do, this is the way to go if you want to see your TPMS data.
I have an extended review of this product on Amazon. You can see it here. Just look for the review that appears to be a short novel.
Here's what the main menu of the ID1000 looks like. This will give you an idea of all of the features it has...
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