Brake Bleed--ABS Module--can it be circumvented??
-2001 F150 5.4L V8 Supercrew 4X4
-Disc brakes (front & back)
-ABS Module has been disconnected (unplugged) for 2 years
Last week I replaced my brake pads (front), as I have done at least 3 times since I disconnected the ABS Module (a couple years ago, when I turned off my truck, the ABS Module remained on, making a clicking sound, so I disconnected it). Changing my brake pads has never been a problem even though the ABS Module has been disconnected.
Driving only a mile down the road with the new front pads installed, I noticed that the front left wheel was smoking, and I could smell the brakes. The pads were not releasing from the caliper.
I decided it was probably the caliper (240,000 miles--never have replaced them). So I took it to a brake guy (not a Ford dealership).
The guy puts new front calipers on, then tells me he needs to replace the rear PADS (and bleed the brakes) as well in order to calibrate the brakes. Although I didn't want to him to do the (rear) pads, he told me that right now, the pedal is going all the way to the ground, and that he had to put new rear pads on in order to resolve it. (Prior to taking my truck to him, the pedal was acting normally--not spongy, not going all the way to the floor, etc...)
The next day, he calls me to tell me that he has bad news--I need to replace the ABS Module.....because he replaced the two front calipers, front and rear pads, AND the master cylinder, and the problem (pedal dropping all the way to the floor) was still there.
Well, at this point, I can't figure out why the ABS Module needs to be replaced. I haven't had it connected for at least 3 brake jobs. And the brakes have always worked fine (no ABS, obviously), but besides that, they were perfectly functional.
I went and picked up my truck, and paid him for his work.
My question is this:
Is it possible to properly BLEED the brake system WITHOUT integrating the ABS Module in the procedure?
I am trying to avoid putting a new ABS Module in. Haven't had it in a couple years, and don't want it now.
I have an appointment today with another brake guy (I talked to him yesterday, and he said the logic would be that you could circumvent/avoid the ABS Module) and just bleed the brakes.......and that then they should work.
Has anyone successfully done a brake bleed with a disconnected ABS Module?
Last edited by jrrich4; 05-25-2012 at 10:48 AM.