Brake Power Booster Unit Replacement
Mobile Brake Power Booster Unit Replacement at Home or Office
Most car owners would be surprised to know that Mobile Brake Power Booster Unit Replacement at their home or office is not only possible, but easy. The experienced mobile mechanics at Wrench service all types of cars and trucks, expertly performing most jobs – including replacing your brake power booster unit – right in your driveway or parking spot at work. They’ll come to you and diagnose the problem, prepare an accurate quote, and get you back on the road quickly.
What Is a Brake Power Booster Unit Replacement?
The brake booster is located between the brake pedal and the master cylinder and uses vacuum or hydraulic pressure to augment the force a driver applies to the brake pedal. It’s the part of the car that allows drivers to stop quickly with relative ease. Normally, a vacuum brake power booster will last from 150,000 miles to the lifetime of the vehicle. Boosters that use more powerful hydraulic pressure tend to be more reliable and can last even longer. Extreme climates or use generally require more frequent replacement of both types.
Symptoms That Indicate You Need a Brake Power Booster Unit Replacement
When the brake booster fails, the pressure needed on the brake pedal to stop the vehicle increases dramatically. In some cases, the brakes may seem completely unresponsive. For vacuum boosters, failure will generally create a vacuum leak, and the vehicle may run poorly, be hard to start, misfire when the engine idles, and deliver increasingly poor fuel mileage. The check engine light may also illuminate. If the brake system uses a hydro-boost system, there will likely be a power steering fluid leak. The brakes will also be difficult to engage.
How Is a Brake Power Booster Unit Replacement Done?
Once the correct diagnosis has been reached, the brake booster must be disconnected from the vehicle by removing the master cylinder, brake booster vacuum or hydraulic lines, and the brake booster itself. A replacement unit is then carefully installed and tested.
Depending on the vehicle model and year, replacing the brake power booster can cost between $350 and $1,200.
Can I Do It Myself?
The braking system of just about any vehicle can be properly maintained by an owner with knowledge of hydraulic and vacuum systems. However, replacing the brake power booster unit is a hassle and best left to the pros. A mobile mechanic service such as ours makes it that much more convenient.
Can I Drive Without Doing Brake Power Booster Unit Replacement?
It is not safe to operate any vehicle with a braking problem. If there’s any sign that the brakes are not performing well (i.e., braking power is poor or less responsive or the vehicle’s overall performance is diminished), the vehicle should immediately go out of service and repairs undertaken. Driving with faulty brakes is always dangerous.
If your vehicle and brakes are under-performing, we can help. Ask about our mobile brake power booster replacement today.