The introduction of disc brakes made vintage cars from the late 60s and early 70s safer, but this technology created a new set of challenges for automotive engineers. Although disc systems are less susceptible less susceptible to brake fade due to heat or water and they do not drift out of adjustment like older drum brake systems, they operate at high fluid pressures, and without a booster, more foot pressure is required to bring the car to a stop. Put another way, the new technology created one more component to consider when upgrading your brakes—and another area to include in your diagnostic checklist when things go wrong. If you are contemplating installing a brake booster or need to troubleshoot an existing booster system, check out the Brake Booster FAQ found in our website’s reference area.
Here are some common questions answered by our Brake Booster FAQ: