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2003 chevy malibu. brakes go to the floor.

So i checked my g/f's car. brake fluid looked empty. filled the resivior, didnt help. bleed out all 4 brakes, no change. the brakes will go to the floor, but pumping them quickly will stiffen them up, however that lasts for about 4 seconds after the stop, then they go right to the floor again. seems like they get pressure, they just dont retain it. should i go ahead and replace the master cylinder? or should i take off the drums and replace the wheel cylinders?

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Take off the drums and look for leakage in the cylinders,you have a leak somewhere if the fluid was low. It could be the master cylinder too, the one on my s-10 started leaking slowly. You also may still have some air in the lines, but you do have a leak. look for wet areas around the floor/ body/ under the car.

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Master cyl. is "bypassing" replace it, but make sure you "bench bleed " it first !
After that then have someone get in car and pump up brakes, you then bleed them one at a time.
MAKE sure not to let the master cyl. res. go dry or you will be there ALL DAY bleeding !

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