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I hear air coming out of resuvior cap

My brakes was changed they were bled and my brake pedal still is feels spongy could it be my resuvior cap/gasket or brake vacuum, or master cylinder what shoul i check first and what would be the most comon thing thats wrong should i bled my master cylinder also i had to change my wheel cylinders

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I would first bleed the brakes again. The easiest way to do that is with two people. Buy a couple of bottles of dot3 brake fluid. One at a time unscrew the bleeder valves on each of the wheels. (Only unscrew them only a quarter of a full turn). Have a person push the brake pedal and hold it until you can close the valve. (1. Put a tube over the valve or you will get wet! 2. fluid should come out, if it doesn't turn the valve a little more until it does). After you close the valve have them release the pedal. Repeat the process on that wheel until there are no bubbles in the fluid. Do this on each wheel. ! It is very important that you keep the master cylinder reservoir full or more air will get into the line. If that doesn't help you problem. I'd look at changing the master cylinder. ( The bleeder valves look like little nipples, and are usually located very close to the brake lines on each wheel.

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