How to Lubricate a Garage Door

How to lubricate a garage door

The last thing you want after a busy day at work is to have your garage door scream at you when you come home. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Garage doors need to be properly maintained so that they don’t become squeaky and loud. The noise of the garage door could be an indication that it isn’t well greased, and this could result in even more serious damages to the door in the future. Luckily, with proper maintenance and lubrication, you can prevent the noise and extend the life of your garage door.

Here’s how to go about lubricating your garage door:

Part one – cleaning

Step 1: clean the tracks

The very first thing to do is to ensure that the door is closed either manually or using the remote depending on what type of garage door you have. This allows easy access to all the moving parts and the tracks of your garage door.

Step 2: cut the power

Next, you should ensure that the power isn’t on by disconnecting the door from your power source once you’ve closed it. If the plug to your garage door opener is too hard to reach or hard-wired, you can turn off the breaker that controls it in your circuit box.

Step 3: clean out the tracks with a damp cloth

The tracks are what the garage door rollers ride on to open and close, you don’t want to lubricate these, however you do want to make sure they are cleaned out for your door to operate efficiently. Ensure that all the debris and the dirt on the tracks are thoroughly cleaned. For the hard to reach places an automotive brake cleaner is very handy for washing away grime.

Step 4: vacuum the dust and dirt out of the tracks

The last step of making sure the tracks are clean before you start to lubricate – if you’re having trouble with getting the debris out of the tracks, you can use a vacuum with a hose extension to suck out the dirt and debris, this is really great if you can’t quite reach the higher portion of the tracks.


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Part two – lubrication

Step 1: purchasing the lubricant

The best products for lubricating the moving parts of the garage doors are the garage door lubricant or lithium-based grease. This can be purchased online or at a hardware store. Some grease is also specifically made for garage doors, never use oil on your door. Garage grease typically comes in spray cans or aerosol. You also need to ensure that you read the instructions on the grease to be sure it’s appropriate for your garage door.

Step 2: lubricating the hinges

Once you have your spray aerosol, slowly lift your garage door up manually then spray your lubricant on each of the hinges, by doing this you are ensuring that the lubricant is going on all the hinges that the garage door meets.

Step 3: lubricating the rollers

The rollers are circular moving pieces on your garage door and are attached to each of the hinges. Inside them are ball bearings that should also be lubricated for smooth opening and closing of the door. For lubricating the inside of the rollers, a thin hose can be attached – this will help spray the grease with ease into the small gaps. If there’s any excess lubricant, wipe it out to ensure your door isn’t unbalanced.

Step 4: spraying the outside of the bearing plates and springs

The springs are normally located at the top of the door and these must be lubricated fully too. The bearing plates lie on both the ends of the springs. Spray down the outside of the springs and near the centre of the bearing plates, then open and close your garage door to spread the grease around.

Step 5: spraying the armbar and the lock

Lubricating the locks will make locking your garage door easier and can also help prevent rusting. This is done by pointing the lubricant towards the keyhole and spraying it once. Once you’re done with the lock finish by spraying the lubricant on the large armbar found at the top of the door.

Step 6: lubricating the top of the rail

The rail is the portion that your chain rides on and should run along the ceiling of the door and that should also be lubricated. This can be done spraying down the rails top and then using a cloth to spread it around evenly.

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