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Brake Vacuum Pump Replacement

Brake Vacuum Pump Replacement

What is the Brake Brake Vacuum Pump all about?

While all gasoline engines create vacuums during operation, sometimes the amount created isn’t enough to power the accessory systems in the car. Diesel engines do not create vacuums at all during operation. In both of these instances, a brake vacuum pump is used to either augment or provide the vacuum power necessary to operate the various other systems on the car, including the brakes, some HVAC functions and more. The brake vacuum pump is usually located behind the engine, mounted near the firewall and close to the master cylinder and brake booster. It’s easily recognizable for its two nozzles on top, as well as the design of the canister. An electric air pump maintains a constant amount of vacuum in the vacuum reservoir behind the front bumper. If the brake vacuum pump stops working or develops a leak, the engine compartment may release a hissing sound, the heater controls may not switch when operated, or the brake pedal may be hard to depress.

Keep in mind:

  • The brake vacuum pump is an electronic component that can experience both electrical and mechanical problems.
  • The brake vacuum pump is not designed to be serviced, so mechanics will not usually inspect it during routine maintenance aside from a brake vacuum line inspection.
  • Leaks in brake vacuum lines can mimic symptoms of brake vacuum pump failure.

How it’s done:

  • The faulty brake vacuum pump is located and identified
  • The valve brake vacuum pump is then removed
  • The new brake vacuum pump is then installed
  • The brakes are tested for proper brake vacuum pump operation
  • The vehicle is road tested and checked for proper brake vacuum pump and brakes operation

Our recommendation:

The brake vacuum pump, which is expected to last the life of your vehicle, does not receive any maintenance and is only serviced when it fails. If you are experiencing symptoms related to the vacuum system, have your vehicle diagnosed by one of our expert mechanics.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Brake Vacuum Pump?

  • Heater controls don’t operate properly
  • A hissing air sound is present
  • Brake pedal is very hard to press

How important is this service?

If the brake vacuum pump fails, your brakes may not operate properly and vehicle operation becomes unsafe. Have your brake vacuum pump replaced immediately if it is diagnosed as faulty.

Description

Brake Vacuum Pump Replacement

What is the Brake Brake Vacuum Pump all about?

While all gasoline engines create vacuums during operation, sometimes the amount created isn’t enough to power the accessory systems in the car. Diesel engines do not create vacuums at all during operation. In both of these instances, a brake vacuum pump is used to either augment or provide the vacuum power necessary to operate the various other systems on the car, including the brakes, some HVAC functions and more. The brake vacuum pump is usually located behind the engine, mounted near the firewall and close to the master cylinder and brake booster. It’s easily recognizable for its two nozzles on top, as well as the design of the canister. An electric air pump maintains a constant amount of vacuum in the vacuum reservoir behind the front bumper. If the brake vacuum pump stops working or develops a leak, the engine compartment may release a hissing sound, the heater controls may not switch when operated, or the brake pedal may be hard to depress.

Keep in mind:

  • The brake vacuum pump is an electronic component that can experience both electrical and mechanical problems.
  • The brake vacuum pump is not designed to be serviced, so mechanics will not usually inspect it during routine maintenance aside from a brake vacuum line inspection.
  • Leaks in brake vacuum lines can mimic symptoms of brake vacuum pump failure.

How it’s done:

  • The faulty brake vacuum pump is located and identified
  • The valve brake vacuum pump is then removed
  • The new brake vacuum pump is then installed
  • The brakes are tested for proper brake vacuum pump operation
  • The vehicle is road tested and checked for proper brake vacuum pump and brakes operation

Our recommendation:

The brake vacuum pump, which is expected to last the life of your vehicle, does not receive any maintenance and is only serviced when it fails. If you are experiencing symptoms related to the vacuum system, have your vehicle diagnosed by one of our expert mechanics.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Brake Vacuum Pump?

  • Heater controls don’t operate properly
  • A hissing air sound is present
  • Brake pedal is very hard to press

How important is this service?

If the brake vacuum pump fails, your brakes may not operate properly and vehicle operation becomes unsafe. Have your brake vacuum pump replaced immediately if it is diagnosed as faulty.

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