Monroe's Technical Support will help you find answers to the most frequently asked product and installation questions and provide invaluable technical training information. If your vehicle exhibits any abnormal brake conditions, visit a certified Monroe Brakes® Expert and request a Safety Triangle™ inspection.
The Monroe Brakes® Technical Support section will help you find answers to the most frequently asked product and installation questions and provide invaluable technical training information. If you need additional information or assistance, Monroe's Technical Assistance Team can assist you.
What is "Positive Molding Technology" and why is it better?
Positive Molding Technology is a key performance-enhancing feature of Monroe® Premium Brake Pads. This press-curing process, the same used by leading OE manufacturers, guarantees that full friction-material density is reached on every part. Most aftermarket competitors utilize the "Flash Mold" process, requiring high resin content to make the friction material flow. High resin creates fade, which can increase stopping distances up to 50%.
What are the differences between the Ceramics and Dynamics formulations?
To maintain the braking performance of any vehicle, it's generally recommended to follow the OE manufacturer's choice of friction material (replacing semi-metallic with semi-metallic, organic with organic, etc.). There are, however, options for improving braking performance. That's why Monroe® offers choices to assist in making the best selection for each vehicle. Monroe Ceramics® brake pads feature a non-ferrous formulation to reduce noise and dusting. Monroe Dynamics® semi-metallic formulations and manufacturing technologies increase overall pad life. Both offer stable friction performance across wide temperature ranges.
Monroe's "Positive Molding Technology" (O.E.-specified constant pressure molding process for bonding the pad to the backing plate) reduces resin content by 50%,resulting in more active ingredient in the friction material. This denser material performs better, lasts longer, produces less dust and is quieter.
Why should the brake rotors be washed when installing new pads?
The quality of today's drums and rotors requires removal of any and all dust, particles and/or residues. Residual contaminants may be present from reconditioning or shipping. Monroe® recommends removing contaminants with detergent, warm water and a clean cloth. CAUTION: Shop towels are chemically treated and may leave a residue that will result in glazing.
Should I turn my new rotors prior to installation?
The CNC lathe used during rotor manufacturing creates a surface roughness (Ra) that meets or exceeds the OE standard. It is difficult to obtain this Ra when reconditioning, or turning, new rotors so Monroe® does not recommend turning new rotors.
Can I use semi metallic pads on a vehicle that originally came with ceramic pads?
To maintain the braking performance of any vehicle, the generally accepted recommendation is to follow the manufacturer's choice of friction material when replacing brake pads (replace semi-metallic with semi-metallic, organic with organic, etc.). There are, however, options for improving braking performance, and Monroe® offers choices to assist in making the best selection to meet vehicle braking requirements.
I recently had new brakes installed on my vehicle and now experience a pull. Why?
Disc brakes do not have return springs. A sticky piston or dirty or rusty sliding surface may prevent the pads from sufficiently releasing, allowing them to drag on the rotor. Brake pull may also be caused by worn a wheel bearing, suspension components or tires of unequal sizes generating different levels of leverage.
What should I use to clean the surface of the brake pads?
As a rule, nothing should ever be applied to the surface of the brake pad. In the event that the surface becomes contaminated, clean with detergent and warm water. ("Brake Clean" may be used to remove heavy soiling, but must be followed with detergent and warm water).
What causes my wheels to be constantly covered with brake dust?
As the friction material wears, the brake lining material becomes airborne. The rotation of the wheel assembly causes a magnetic field that may attract ferrous metals from the lining material. Monroe Ceramics® are a genuine ceramic formulation with virtually no ferrous metal content, and Monroe® Dymanics are formulated to have the least ferrous metal content of any semi-metallic friction material available.
What is the recommended "break-in" procedure for Monroe® brake pads?
Proper break-in is one of the most important factors in determining brake pad performance, as it seats the pads for optimum performance. Monroe® recommends 15 to 20 gentle stops from 20 mph. Monroe® Premium Brake Pads' positive molding technology does not require burnishing.