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I recently lost brake pressure on a Dodge Ram I recently bought from a guy. Started it up and pedal went to the floor. When I checked the reservoir, it was nearly empty. Any ideas what it could be?

Completely replaced rear shoes and drums. Front pads still good. Bled rear but left front alone since they still looked good. Refilled the reservoir and now it stays full but still no pressure, even if I pump the brakes a few times.

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Would try bleeding master first if it was empty there is probably air in master

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Master cylinder needs replacing

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