Without a properly working braking system, it will be nearly impossible to avoid being in a wreck. Most people fail to realize just how important their braking system is until they are without it due to repair issues. In some instances, you will need to stop suddenly to avoid hitting a car or other object in the road. The increased braking power that will be needed in a time like this will be supplied by the vacuum booster. The booster is attached to the master cylinder and will help to make the brake pedal a bit easier to push down when having to press on them in a hurry.
For the most part, this part of your vehicle will not get much attention until there are issues with it. It is a sealed unit, which means that it cannot be inspected. Some of the most common reasons why this type of unit will fail is due to brake fluid leaks. Delaying the repairs to this portion of your vehicle can lead to a decreased amount of braking power. This decrease in braking power can be quite dangerous and is the main reasons why repairs to the vacuum booster should be taken seriously. The last thing that you want is to not be able to brake when needed due to the danger that it can put you and your passengers in.
Replacing the vacuum booster on your vehicle is no easy job, which is why you will need to take the time to find the right professionals to help. Trying to do this job without the right amount of experience will usually lead to even more damage.
Here are some of the things that you will notice when your vacuum booster is going bad:
- It is really hard to press the brake pedal
- It takes a lot longer to bring the car to a stop
- The pressure on the brake pedal feels inconsistent
The faster that you are able to get your vacuum booster repaired, the less danger you will have to worry about being in.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Long Does a Vacuum Booster Last? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.