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2004 beetle brake problem

Replaced rear pads with cube tool, did not open any bleeders. did not have any brakes at all after. found out master cylinder was bad and then replaced it. bench bled then installed bleeding all four wheels until nothing but fluid. now have brakes but feels funny and when pedal is pushed hard it remains on the floor until pulled up by hand

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Hello rule of thumb never push pistons back on calipers without master cyl cover off pressure blows seal out on mastercylinder what you need do is from the firthest wheel pass rear bleed first then drivers rear then pass front to drivers side to mastercyl lines rear to front sounds like trapped air in proportioning valve with two people pump pedal up 3-4 hold take cover off master watch brake fluid take foot off brake pedal quick watch for air bubbles or small geiser like movement you need to work the air out reinstall cap repeat again if needed there shouldnt be any ripples when the peddle is let go if rear calipers have built in emergency brakes use emergency brake to wind caliper piston a few times goodluck

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