MONROE BRAKES®: THE TRUSTED UNDERCAR EXPERT.


A complete line of quality brake products from Monroe, the trusted undercar expert.
The Total Solution® for today's repair professionals.
Everything you need for
a quality repair.
Meets or exceeds OE
manufacturer specifications.
Offering dependable stopping solutions for today's import and domestic vehicles.
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MONROE BRAKES®: FAQ

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%.

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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.

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How do I know if my vehicle originally came with ceramic or metallic brake pads?

Monroe® highlights the original equipment formulation in the catalog. Simply look for the bold-face part number.

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Are the Monroe® pads application-specific?

Monroe® manufactures a comprehensive range of friction products, each engineered to fit and perform like OE for each application.

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Does Monroe® make brake shoes?

Yes. Click here to view detailed information about Monroe® Brake Shoes.

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Where can I buy Monroe Brakes®?

Use this web site's Dealer Locator to find a dealer.

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Do Monroe® brake pads include shims?

As Total Solution™ for brake specialists, Monroe® pads are shipped complete with advanced rubberized shims pre-attached, as well as all required clips and lubrication for most applications.

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Do Monroe Brakes® include noise elimination clips?

Total Solution™ pads, shims, clips and lubrication are packaged together in a single box to ensure you have all of the parts you need for a perfect repair for most applications.

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How do Monroe® pads help reduce brake fade?

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.

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How are the Monroe® backing plates better?

The Monroe® pads' Q-lock textured backing plate holds friction material better than conventional stamped-steel for less pad separation, less vibration and less noise.

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What is the noise reduction system?

This includes the abutment hardware/clips and moly-based silicone lubricant included with each set of Monroe® brake pads to ensure satisfaction.

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Why is integrally molded better than riveted backing plates?

Integrally molded, or molded directly to the backing plate, results in much more strength and less flex than the riveting process.

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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.

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What should I use to wash brake rotors?

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.

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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.

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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.

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I recently had new brakes installed on my vehicle and now experience pedal pulsations. Why?

Pedal pulsation may occur when rotors or drums have been overheated or incorrectly machined. Rotor run out and thickness variations are often the result of incorrect torquing of wheel lug nuts.

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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.

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I recently had new brakes installed on my vehicle and now experience a soft pedal. Why?

A soft pedal could indicate an internal master cylinder leaking, air in system or drum brakes out of adjustment.

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How often should a brake lath be indexed?

Refer to manufacturer's manual for service and calibration or indexing schedule.

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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).

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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.

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Are Monroe® pads chamfered and / or slotted?

Monroe® utilizes OE processes to manufacture integrally-molded, O.E.-quality premium disc brake pads for the aftermarket. Slots and/or chamfers match OE specifications.

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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.

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How often should my brake system be inspected?

Manufacturers recommendation is that the brake system should be inspected every 12 months.

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My ABS light comes on and sometimes goes off. What could be causing that?

Common causes include worn brake pads, low brake fluid level, and worn wheel bearings/hub assembly.

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What could be causing my brakes to squeal?

A squealing noise can be caused by: worn brake pads/shoes; wrong brake pads/shoes; improper rotor finish; lack of lubrication; worn hardware; and/or fatigued brake shoe hold-down springs.

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