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Good morning. I have a 2001 Buick Century. I had to slam on the brakes a couple of days ago. When I did the car shuddered quite a bit and when I applied the brakes again the pedal went to the floor. I limped it home and looked under it and saw two puddles which I assumed were brake fluid. Initially I suspected the flex hoses but on further inspection both were intact and the leaks were closer to the center of the vehicle nearest the master cylinder. The brake fluid resevoir did not run dry at the time of the incident and no further fluid loss was observed afterwards. After inspecting the lines I started the car up and pumped the brakes, a small amount of fluid dripped out. The pedal went easily to the floor at this time. No resistance at all. My first thought is the master cylinder went bad but I know very little about ABS and how it functions. Any idea on what went wrong? I am a "shade tree" mechanic. Give me any car pre 79 and I can do just about anything but I'm at a loss with this one since losing fluid means ( to me ) that a line is broken but I can't see any point where the fluid came out. I should also note I could not clearly see the whole system ( surprise, surprise! ). Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Todd McKay

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Hey Todd, I have a 98 Century with ABS, sounds like you will have to bleed the lines again. The ABS only interupts the ability to skid and keep traction. Sometimes the cylinders can erupt when too much pulse is shot through the lines such as slamming brakes. These are found in the rotor assembly and brake pads in front of veh and you would see fluid around either front tire or both. If you are only seeing one puddle somewhere else then you might try inspecting the pedal it's self and the lines or cables that the pedal tells the master cylinder what to do. Either way it sounds like you will have to bleed the lines. Hope this helps,

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