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How do you know if your master cylinder is bad?

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If there is no reason why air would be in the system and you checked to make sure there is no air and your brakes look good and there are no leaks and the brakes are adjusted up..chances are good the master cylinder is bad

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Your pedal goes all the way to the floor.

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