How do I know I need a Brake Booster Replacement?
When a brake booster fails or begins to fail you will typically notice the following:
- Hard brake pedal
- A hissing or whistling noise, usually when the brake pedal is pressed.
- Increased stopping distance
- Leaking fluid (Hydro-boost)
- Illuminated Warning Light (Electric brake booster)
Types of brake boosters
Vacuum Brake Boosters
Vacuum Brake Boosters are still the most common brake boosted in use. They use engine vacuum to assist you in apply your brakes. The brake booster uses a diaphragm to separate the brake booster chamber. A partial vacuum is created by attaching the brake booster to the engine or vacuum pump, via a one-way check valve. When the driver presses the brake pedal, a valve in the booster opens, allowing atmospheric pressure to enter the booster chamber. At the same time the vacuum source is blocked. The force of air entering at atmospheric pressure, provides a mechanical advantage, allowing for the driver to easily apply the brakes.
Electric Brake Boosters
Electric brake boosts typically come in two varieties. One uses an electric motor to create a vacuum and is effective a more compact version of a brake booster and vacuum pump. The second, uses an electric motor to apply the necessary force to the master cylinder. They uses sensors to determine the drives braking input.
Hydro-boost Brake Booster
Hydro-boost brake boosters use the power steering system to create the additional force to assist the driver with braking. They function similar to the vacuum brake booster, with hydraulic force subsisting the vacuum.
How much will it cost?
The typical cost for the testing and replacement of a brake booster is between $140-$720 for parts and labor. This price range is averaged across all passenger vehicles. The actual cost depends on your specific make, model and year. Depending on your specific vehicle, this cost may be lower or higher. This cost estimate is for the specific repair listed and doesn’t include additional, related items that may require repair.
What is included:
- Inspection of brake booster
- Inspection of related components.
- Verification and replacement
- Up to a lifetime warranty
How it works
Request a service:
Get a quote online or set-up a time to have your vehicle looked at.
Choose your service time:
Pick time slots that work for you, easily, online. We will confirm appointments and send reminders.
Get your vehicle repaired:
No waiting at the shop. Our mechanics bring everything that is needed to you. All you have to do is provided a safe area for the work to be performed.
What what need from you
A safe place to work on your vehicle:
No working on the side of busy roads, No working on unstable or steep surfaces. We do not perform repairs during severe weather.
Authorization from a property owner or management.
If you rent please ensure work can be performed where your vehicle is. If your repair work is being done in a parking lot or at your place of employment, please ensure you have permission to have work performed. We do not do repairs in areas restricted by law.