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BMW 550i GT xDrive Brake Booster Replacement Cost

Know what price you should pay to get your vehicle fixed.

Brake Booster Replacement
The average cost for a BMW 550i GT xDrive brake booster replacement is between $963 and $1,094. Labor costs are estimated between $290 and $367 while parts are priced between $673 and $727. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: This service is typically done as part of a bigger, more expensive repair, so the estimate you see above may not represent your total cost. Some of these bigger related repairs are listed in the table below. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs may be right for you.
Brake Booster Replacement

What is a brake booster?

The brake booster sits between the brake pedal and the master cylinder, and uses vacuum or hydraulic pressure to assist the driver when the brakes are applied. The most common type is the vacuum booster, a round drum that is mounted under the hood directly in front of the driver’s seat.

How does the brake booster work?

Brake boosters operate by multiplying the force applied to the brake pedal. When the brake pedal is pressed, it pushes a rod into the brake booster. Then, the brake booster instantaneously pushes the master cylinder with much greater force, allowing the driver to press the brakes with ease, yet creating a great deal of stopping power.

What are the symptoms related to a bad brake booster?

When the brake booster fails, the braking pressure needed at the brake pedal increases dramatically, and, in some cases, the brakes may seem unresponsive. For vacuum boosters, failure will generally create a vacuum leak, and the vehicle may run roughly, become hard to start, misfire at engine idle, and exhibit poor fuel mileage. The check engine light may also illuminate, and OBD trouble codes for engine misfires, lean air/fuel mixture, and intake manifold pressure will be stored in the computer. If the brake system uses they hydro-boost system, there will likely be a power steering fluid leak on the ground, and the brakes will be very difficult or impossible to press.

Can I drive with a brake booster problem?

It is not safe to operate any vehicle with any braking problem. If there's any sign that the brakes are not performing as originally intended, the vehicle should immediately be placed out of service and repaired.

How often do brake boosters need to be replaced?

Normally, a vacuum booster will last from 150,000 miles to the lifetime of the vehicle. In especially dry climates, dry rot may cause deterioration of the internal diaphragm, and require replacement.