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Brake peddle is hard and bled all four wheels and no fluid comes from the back wheels

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If you have ABS fitted - it could be that it has detected a leak (yes - you bled them) - but in this case it has sealed off the (defective) rear wheels, and is just giving pressure to the front.

If you turn your ignition on - and it comes up ABS light, then I'm afraid you need a scanner to reset the ABS system as it has now probably locked up in this position.

Just another way for dealers to grab your wallet. Sorry.

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