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318is with NO brakes

I have a 318is e36, 1996 model. After having changed the brake booster, master cylinder, brake pads & linnings in the reawheels, ABS mechanism, my car still doesn't have any brakes. Please, please help me!

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What about the brake lines? They could have a tiny hole somewhere letting air in (or just have air in them).

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1. What is the Brake Fluid Level?
2. Are you losing any Brake fluid at all? Are there any puddles or noticeable wetness on the ground or on the tires/wheels? With vehicle parked, the reservoir filled (overfilled), and engine running: pump the brakes and check on the ground and back sides (inside portions) of the wheels. Look for any brake fluid leaks.
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