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Air/Hissing Noise from Brake Pedal

My brakes make a hissing/air noise when depressing the brake pedal. Also the brakes are almost no exsistent. I am pretty sure it is the Master Cylinder but someone was telling me could be a vacumm switch? Any ideas before I by a new master cylinder? NO leaks...fluid level fine. I have a 94 gmc surburban and the brake pedal hisses when I put on the brakes. when I shut the truck off the pedal pushes out towards me.

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Check the hose and, check valve on the brake booster while the engine is running and, someone applies the brakes

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Air may have gotten into your brake lines. try bleeding your brakes. this will require two people

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