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Brakes won't hold

I have replaced the master cylinder and the booster, bled the brakes and when you press the peddle you think you have good brakes but once you crack the truck up the peddle goes to the floor. What am I doing wrong?

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Check to make sure you have no leak around the tires or from the pistons in the calipers. If all that checks out ok, then I would top off the brake fluid close the top and re bleed the brakes to make sure that you have all the air out. Also make sure that the master cylinder lines and booster lines are tight and no air is getting in.

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