FAQs

  1. Can I install your products myself or do you recommend I have them installed?
  2. Which formulation brake pads should I use for my vehicle?
  3. Do you have pads available for all cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles and crossover utility vehicles?
  4. What makes PBR brake pads so unique?
  5. How long should my brakes last?
  6. Why are my brakes noisy?
  7. There’s a terrible vibration when I brake. What causes that?
  8. Why would my mechanic advise me that my brake rotors should be turned or replaced?
  9. Are there special installation instructions, or break-in requirements?
  10. What is your warranty?

Q. Can I install your products myself or do you recommend I have them installed?

A. You could do it yourself if you have the right equipment and the right knowledge. Brake systems on today’s vehicles, especially with ABS, are extremely complex and require specialized equipment and knowledge for the correct installation and maximum performance. We suggest you use a qualified brake products installer that many of our retailers can recommend. Ask for an inspection of your rotors and calipers to determine if they need replacement or repair.
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Q. Which formulation brake pads should I use for my vehicle?

A. The key to selecting the right brake pad for your car and to achieving maximum braking efficiency is matching your driving style and vehicle type with the right brake pad formulation. PBR has several brake pads available. See the specific recommended applications based on your driving style and vehicle type for each formulation to make your choice.
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Q. Do you have pads available for all cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles and crossover utility vehicles?

A. We build a variety of high quality brake pads for most Domestic, European and Asian sedans, sport coupes and many pickups, sport utility vehicles and crossover utility vehicles. Please click on the where to buy link for access to one of our outlets for complete fitment applications.
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Q. What makes PBR brake pads so unique?

A. FMP, makers of PBR brake pads, is recognized internationally as one of the leading technological centers for friction material development. Our engineering staff works diligently to continually develop, improve and create new formulations. Please see the company profile for more details on our engineering and manufacturing processes.
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Q. How long should my brakes last?

A. Brake pads should last from 25,000 to 70,000 miles, depending on the application and usage. Pads such as our ULT ceramic formulation are extremely high performance, and deliver optimum braking performance, but will wear quicker than our other pads. If you feel that your brake pads are wearing out prematurely you may need to have your mechanic install heavier duty pads. The main cause of premature wear is high temperatures caused by braking on steep terrain, towing of heavy loads and constant braking, which increases braking temperatures and reduces the life of brake pads. Wear varies by formulation and driving style.
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Q. Why are my brakes noisy?

A. Your brakes should operate with a minimal amount of noise. Some noise is normal, but excessive squeal, screech, grinding, or groaning means that your brakes need attention. They could be worn out and cause severe damage to your brake rotors. Also, using the wrong formulation for your driving style can cause noise in your brakes due to excessive heat.
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Q. There’s a terrible vibration when I brake. What causes that?

A. If the brake pedal pulsates, or if the steering wheel or the entire vehicle shakes or vibrates when the brakes are applied, then the disc brake rotors may need resurfacing or replacing. More serious problems such as a loose component or a faulty steering mechanism can also cause vibration.
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Q. Why would my mechanic advise me that my brake rotors should be turned or replaced?

A. PBR recommends that rotors be machined (or turned) as a routine part of every brake job; but make sure your installer does not resurface a rotor beyond recommended thickness. Rotor thickness variation and surface irregularities can lead to brake noise and vibration. Even very small irregularities, difficult to detect with precision instruments, can cause serious brake shudder and will lead to premature pad wear.
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Q. Are there special installation instructions, or break-in requirements?

A. PBR brake pads exactly replace the original equipment pads your vehicle came with from the factory. The braking performance of our friction is superior to original equipment formulations.

Here are our recommended Break-In Procedures:

BREAK-IN PROCEDURES

After installing new brakes, they need to be broken-in properly. To condition friction and rotors correctly, the following procedures should be followed:
  • Accelerate vehicle to 40 MPH.
  • Apply brakes using light to moderate pedal effort to reduce speed to approximately 10 MPH.
  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 at least ten times, allowing 1/4 mile between cycles.
  • Under no circumstances drive the vehicle with the brakes continually applied as a break-in procedure because:
    • Excessive heat will be generated.
    • Resins will burn.
    • Loss of braking efficiency could occur.
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Q. What is your warranty?

A. PBR brake pads are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the pad. Due to variances in driving conditions and operators, there is no warranty on pad wear.
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