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Replacing A Brake Booster

replacing a brake boosterOne of the most important parts of a modern normal – especially from a safety point of view – you’re going to need to make sure that your hydraulic brake booster system is working exactly as it should all the time.

However, as most of us vehicle owners are well aware, sometimes our automobiles break down when we least expect or anticipate it. You’re going to need to make sure that your brakes are in perfect working order any time you operate your automobile, which usually involves replacing a brake booster system from time to time.

Here’s all of the “insider information” you need about tackling this kind of project or hiring it out to someone that you trust.

What is a hydraulic brake booster?

Your brake booster set up is essentially the “force multiplier” that allows you to stop a 4000+ pound automobile going 60 miles an hour or more on a dime without having the body of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime.

Without this hydraulic system, we would all be stuck using manual brakes like the original automobiles used, and would never be able to stop or keep ourselves safe in emergency situations.

Because of this reason (and so many others) you need to make sure that you go about replacing a brake booster properly every single time you tackle the project.

How do I go about replacing a brake booster system?

Even though it is a super important component of your vehicle, it’s not all that difficult to go about replacing a brake booster system – if you know what you’re doing. If you’ve ever replaced your brakes, changed out your brake pads and calipers, or bled your brakes you’ll be able to replace the system on your own.

What you’re going to want to do is:

  • Find your brake booster (usually located next to the master cylinder)
  • Remove all mounting screws and brackets
  • Begin by removing the booster rod that goes through the vehicle firewall, the part that is attached to your brake pedal
  • Disconnect the vacuum brake line
  • Remove all bolts that link the booster system to the master cylinder and firewall
  • And wiggle of the brake booster system (breaking the seal) between the two

Once that’s done, you’ll want to reverse the process and install the new brake booster – always buy new, never salvaged, when it comes to this part – and you should be good to go! Just make sure you bleed your brakes before you hit the open road.

Should I just hire mechanics to replace my hydraulic brake booster system?

Obviously, if you aren’t feeling all that comfortable about the replacement process, you’re going to want: the experts to handle the replacing a brake booster process. It might end up running you $500 or so (or maybe even a bit less), but sometimes the peace of mind and confidence you get from having professionals tackle the prepare job is well worth the extra monetary investment that you will be required to make.