On my way home, suddenly the ABS and brake light came on. I checked the LC over but could not find any fault. Luckily it was not very far to go and I arrived safely at home.
It could only be the booster pump motor which failed, as I checked if the power was still on the connectors.
Access is very poor and to get the booster motor out, the hydraulic brake booster assembly had to be removed. Next question was where to get a replacement on a Friday afternoon as I have planned to drive the LC on Monday to the European Continent on holiday.
I phoned my local Toyota dealer and I’m told they could get the part for Saturday morning. I nearly dropped to the floor when they told me it will cost over £2000 for the motor and the accumulator. I’m sure I could get it cheaper elsewhere but not in this short time span.
I had no other choice and face the bill as this would be the only chance to continue with my holiday plans and using the Land Cruiser.
This is the whole assembly – hydraulic brake booster, booster pump motor and accumulator. I had to remove the panel and heater duct under the steering wheel to get access to the 4 bolts which connect the brake pedal to the assembly. Once everything is out it is fairly easy to disconnect the pump from the unit.
It is a simple way to check if the pump is broken. Connect the 2 terminals to a battery and the pump should work. This one did not.
This is the expensive new pump with the accumulator connected. Makes you wonder why it is so expensive.
When everything is installed, not much can be seen. Definitely not the work which is involved to get this part out. At least I have the LC back on the road again.