So an update on this.
Never did get the Autoingenuity to work correctly to bleed the ABS.
Discussed it with the guy who writes the code (and he supposedly
worked for Ford for 15 years prior) and the best he could do for me
was to tell me to manually input a 2015 escape, at which point I
could run the ABS pump, but still not control any of the valves.
My 14 was "really" left over, and we surmise Ford switched to a 15
CAN module on the ABS, late in the 14 Stang run.
So I switched gears and got an Autel bi-directional scan tool for $1100.
Unlike the Autoingenuity, it has an ABS bleed procedure (instead of just
control of the pump and valves separately), which works fine. Ran this twice
and re-bled, with no change. I have 30 days to return this, not sure if I will
keep it or not. At least for that money, it will work on almost any car I or my
extended family owns (Autoingenuity is much less money, but you have
to buy each manufacturer seperately)
Friend found online that when bleeding rear brakes, you should actuate
emerg brake 5 times before bleeding.
So I tried that, no difference.
I also found a note in the 2011 Stang factory shop manual about MC damage
if actuating it dry, but I'm 99% sure I never ran reservoir dry (hence I
should not even be having this bleeding issue at all).
So I turned my attention to the MC anyway, as it was suggested
extended travel of MC could damage it internally (nothing about this in
the factory shop manual bleed procedure, but who knows). I made two plugs
to insert after removing brake lines and two fittings with lines to do a MC bleed,
before trying the plugs. Have not had a chance to mess with MC yet, but
hope to get to it this week.
So I'm a couple grand into this Brembo swap now, and I
really wish I had never touched the brakes. The stock brakes
were pretty horrible, I even had it at the dealer for them
to bleed them (as I felt even new they had too much pedal
travel), but they told me that is the way they are and many others
have confirmed the stock brakes are really not all that great.
I know a girl @ work that has a low mileage 13 Boss. I am going
to drive that across the parking lot next time she brings it in
to get an idea of how these brakes should feel. I still think doubling
the caliper piston area and doing nothing to the booster/MC, should increase
pedal travel significantly, but was told by several that a big increase in caliper stiffness
makes up for that, and Ford used the same MC on all 14 stangs, including
Interesting that Ford uses the same MC on all 15+ stangs.
and the stock GT 4 pistons that come on 15+, are monsters
compared to the 14 and down brembos.
Point being, that the difference between caliper piston area, between
15 up V6 (which uses 14 down GT 2 piston) and and 15 up GT 4 piston
is an even bigger jump, yet Ford still uses same MC on all 15's (actually,
just checked and they do change master on 6 piston Brembos). I've
driven stock 15+ 4 piston non Brembos and those brakes are