I own a 1996 Honda Accord LX 5 sp manual transmission with 112,000 miles. My right rear brake line blew out yesterday and upon inspection (to diagnose and repair loss of brakes) by the local Honda dealer mechanic, I was told that the brake booster was leaking as well and also needed replacing.
I found this odd because last November I had my Honda at the same dealer because I had soft brakes. They replaced pads but said brakes were still a little soft and that they could ADD a brake booster to help if I wanted. It was an expensive job so I asked if the car braking system would be okay without a booster and was told yes. I opted not to add it. Of course I mentioned this to the service agent who is now telling me I have a problem with my booster and my concern that there possibly isn't a booster on my car to leak, but he said there is and it needs replacing.
So I have a dealer mechanic telling me last Nov. They could add a booster, which I didn't do, and now the same dealer telling me my booster (original. They say) is leaking. I'm not sure I even have a booster on the car in the first place. It's a $500 part. Do 1996 Honda Accords come with brake boosters originally? How can I trust this repair?
If it has power brakes it better have a booster- its probably the master cylinder is leaking into it. Look where the M/C bolts up to the booster is it damp-if it is you need to rebuild the M/C or replace it.
April, 15, 2007 AT 8:29 AM
Thanks for the info. Isn't it true also that signs of a bad booster are hard brakes? My brakes have been soft. When the brake line blew, I was actually sitting on a slight incline and applied to brakes to keep from rolling. The pedal went all the way to the floor. After turning the car off, the pedal got hard again. Turned the car back on the the pedal went all the way to the floor. This could be because I blew the right rear brake line, all the fluid of course leaked out onto ground.