Can You Rebuild a Power Brake Booster?by Amrita Chuasiriporn
As your car gets older, just like everything else, things start to fall apart. It is inevitable, and not at all uncommon. If you have noticed that your brake pedal remains hard and either will not push down or will only push down with a struggle, you may have a defective power brake booster. In some cases, it is possible to rebuild your power brake booster. In others, a replacement may be more cost-effective.
While there is a huge market for the fabrication of new parts for classic collector cars, in many cases, owners prefer instead to rebuild and maintain the original parts that came with their car. This is understandable, since cars with original parts tend to make more money when an owner tries to sell his car. Luckily, some shops will rebuild power brake boosters for classic cars. Check for shops that specialize in your particular make and model. While all power brake boosters essentially do the same thing, there are always quirks that are inherent to any proprietary iteration of a technology. Someone who has been working on power brake boosters for old Chevy Novas his entire life will probably be the guy to trust with your Nova’s power brake booster. Most shops will tell you what their specialties are. Check phone books and websites such as Brakeboosters and Power Brake Booster Exchange. Some shops are places that you can visit in person if you are in the area, and some allow you to ship your power brake booster to them for rebuilding. Make sure that whatever technician you choose has a solid track record, and some sort of reasonable warranty or satisfaction guarantee on her work. Do some research, look for reviews when and where possible. You may even want to go so far as to contact previous customers (if you can find them) and ask what their experience was like. With your classic car, it is not as though you can just go down the street to the auto parts place and buy new parts. Treat your baby with care.
The North Carolina Trade and Industrial Education Program advises that with most modern cars, where parts are still in production, it is often more cost-effective to purchase new power brake boosters if and when the old ones fail. If you have a car that was produced from 1990 onward, you should probably check to see if you can purchase a replacement rather than shelling out a lot of cash for a restoration.