I take pride in the appearance of my engine compartment. Everything looks nice.
When I opened this well packaged Power Brake Booster on arrival, I examined the appearance. The core they used to rebuild the unit had deep sand blasted rust pits apparently painted over with a dull gray powder coat. I looked at my old unit. It was glossy black and free of any rust at all. So I got past that disappointment and started the job.
When the booster was in place, I discovered that the new rubber boot on the brake pedal rod was totally useless. It was over sized and would not stay on the housing. It kept falling off. I had to loosen the mount bolts again to put my old rubber boot on which snapped in place snuggly. Remember to check this before you attempt installation. It will save you the time that I wasted.
I recommend a new brake swivel pin clip; it cannot be reached with the average man’s hand and is easy to lose when it flips into the dash or who knows where. It seems that only the dealers have them. Also, it can get a bit deformed when removing.
Brake pin clip removal tip: with a screwdriver hold open the gap in the clip which surrounds the pin. With another screw driver put pressure behind the clip so as to force it off the brake pedal pin. This is probably the most difficult part of the job.
The rest is easy; I was able to reach all four inside mounting bolts with an air ratchet and universal. Inside removal only took about 15 minutes. The outside removal work took about 10 minutes. The entire job took about an hour including a 10 minute break.
My opinion bottom line:
If you are only concerned with functionality and can deal with the rubber boot using a cable tie etc., this choice is right for you.