Recently, we wrote about converting manual to power brakes whether your car originally came from the factory with drum or disc brakes. We received several follow up questions from people with drum brakes looking to upgrade to better braking - but trying hard to stay on a budget.
Since the hardware at the wheels and brake lines can remain untouched after converting to a power assisted pedal, we were asked, "Can I just add a booster and new master cylinder to my car?" Essentially the questioners were asking whether the booster master conversion kit or the complete brake conversion kit was their best solution. Of course, like the answer to a lot of questions, it depends!
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I recently overheard an exchange taking place at a car show about whether or not you could make drum brakes into "power brakes."
"Aren't drum brakes always manual and disc brakes always power?" the one fellow asked.
"That's right, it's why they have disc brake conversion systems," a second fellow chimed in.
"Whoa - not so fast!" I said, as I stopped to jump into their discussion for a second.
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We started this 4-part series examining possible vacuum pressure as the cause of a hard brake by picturing a driver's inability to apply his brakes in traffic because the brake pedal is too stiff - requiring an inordinate amount of pushing power. An extreme scenario for sure, but the horror of a hard brake pedal can strike at any time. In power booster equipped vehicles, the issue is more common than you may think. Fortunately, you don’t need a degree in Rocket Science to diagnose and fix the glitches that are hardening your pedal.
Converting from manual to power-assisted brakes is a major upgrade and one of the most common projects that we discuss with customers. Due to the different size requirements for brake boosters and master cylinders, you may need some help sorting out the available options to optimize your vehicle’s brake system performance. That’s where the tech pros here at Master Power Brakes really shine.