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When i apply the brakes on my 2004 vw beetle the pedal goes to the floor and barely stops the vehicle there are no leaks and the brake fluid resevoir is full

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If there are no leaks and your pedal goes to the floor, it is most likely your master cylinder. DO NOT CONTINUE DRIVING THE VEHICLE!

This is a dangerous condition, and should be repaired immediately.

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