So, your car has a problem.

brake booster.


What does this mean?

We’re reasonably sure your brake booster has failed. The brake booster makes it easier for you to push the brake pedal. It is attached the brake pedal and located in the engine compartment. Theoretically, if you push hard enough the car will stop just as fast as without a brake booster.

How urgent?


On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 7. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.

We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.

What happens if I wait?


Unless the car is small and light and the family member is exceptionally strong (meaning they could push hard enough to get the car to stop safety), we’d recommend replacing it. Larger cars (such as a truck) are big enough that no one could push hard enough on the pedal to safely stop.

How complicated is this repair?

This is how we score our difficulty.

  1. This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
  2. This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
  3. This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
  4. At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
  5. This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.
We rank this repair to be a
3

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