Brake Failure

So I was out in the country and cam over a hill and there was a truck stopped i hammered on the breaks the anti-lock kicked in for a second or two then the pedal went right to the floor. Luckily I was able to
avoid it by driving on the shoulder. The RwAnti light came on when i lost the breaks...I checked fuses and checked the level of the fluid and also checked for leaks and everything seemed fine.
Was wondering if anyone had a clue for the cause of this.
Coop
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

Did the pedal return after a short while? If so, it may be that your brake fluid need changing.
What happens after a couple of years or more is that the brake fluid at the calliper end absorbs water from the air (brake fluid is hygroscopic). When the brakes get very hot, such as during prolonged braking, the water boils and becomes steam. Gas is compressible, while liquid is not, so the steam compresses instead of the brake pads being pressed only the disk. When the brakes cool down, the steam returns to water and the brakes work again.
Howard Neil
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Thanks Howard for the info haven't driven it since but am about to go out I will let you know how it goes.
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