How to Lubricate a Garage Door to Keep It Working Smoothly

How to Lubricate a Garage Door to Keep It Working Smoothly?

The door of our workshop garage has served us right for an extended amount of time. Just recently, it started to exhibit some issues. Even though we could fix most of them quickly, we could not figure out why it was not rolling as smoothly as before.

That is where a friend of ours recommended lubricating the garage door. But we did not know how to lubricate a garage door to keep it working smoothly. So, with the help of our expert friend, we got into working. Trust us; it is not as hard as many think it is. Or maybe we just got lucky and followed the correct procedure.

Nonetheless, to help someone out facing the same situation, we will go through the proper steps in this article. So, if you want to quick fix, we suggest going through the entire article.

Step-by-Step Guide for Lubricating the Garage Door

Even though a couple of guides are available on the internet, they make this simple task look hard. That is something you will find uncommon with this guide. We aimed to keep things simple and easy to follow.

Step-by-Step Guide for Lubricating the Garage Door

Nonetheless, the steps that you would need to follow to lubricate the garage door are as follows:

Step 1: Close the Door and Cut the Power

Before you do anything with the door, close the door. You can use the remote control or the manual lever. It will be pretty much impossible to access the tracks and other moving parts if the door is kept in an open state.

After closing the door, locate the main power cable of the opening and closing mechanism. It is the power cable of the motor. Turn the switch off and unplug the plug from the outlet. If the plug is unreachable for some reason, open the control panel and turn off the breaker. That will also switch the whole system off.

Step 2: Clean the Tracks

You might already know what the tracks are. If you do not have an idea regarding the tracks, they are the path that the rollers ride on when opening and closing the door. There is no need to lubricate these. Instead, you would need to clean them up thoroughly.

Clean the Tracks

Use a clean cloth and run through the entire path. Make sure that there is no dust or debris visible on the track. Rollers can get stuck on this debris and cause the opening and closing motion to be unsmooth. If there is any grime visible, clean them up with an automotive breaker.

Step 3: Use a Vacuum Cleaner

After cleaning the dust and grime off the tracks, it would be time to use the vacuum cleaner. This step will ensure that the tracks are entirely clean and rollers find no obstruction while going through the path. Run the vacuum cleaner through the upper portion of the track as well.

Step 4: Get Yourself the Right Lube

Many would get a can of WD40. But degreasers such as WD40 are not the best option for lubricating the garage door. Instead, we would recommend opting for something that is lithium-based. You can find them online and in hardware stores.

Get Yourself the Right Lube

On that note, you can even find grease that is specifically for garage doors. If possible, get one because they have a specific formula that will work the best for the garage door's moving parts.

Step 5: Open the Door and Work on the Hinges

Now, you would need to open the door manually. Slowly lift it up, and then spray the lithium-based grease or garage door lube to each of the hinges. You would need to apply it while opening the door, which will efficiently lubricate all of the door's moving parts.

Usually, two or three sprays on the hinge should be more than enough. But if you do not see the hinges covered with the lubricant, you might need to use more of it.

Step 6: Lubricate the Rollers

Next up, you need to work with the rollers. The rollers are wheels that move the door up and down. It will be attached to the hinges and will make a connection with the door directly. Inside each of these rollers, there will be small ball bearings. And these bearings will also require lubrication to roll smoothly.

To apply the lube to these rollers, we recommend using the thin tube that comes with the lube. Please attach it to the nose and spray the grease directly on the rollers. Do not worry if you have applied an excessive amount of lube to the rollers. Just wipe the excess with a clean cloth.

Lubricate the Rollers

You would need to put an extra amount of lube on the exposed ball bearings. However, if the rollers are of nylon, do not spray any lube on the exterior surface.

Step 7: Lube the Plates and Springs

You might have noticed that there are springs on the top of the garage door. Well, they need to be lubricated for a smooth opening and closing mechanism. Also, the bearing plates that are moving parts on both sides of the springs need lubrication. Spray a good amount of lube on the center and the sides of the springs.

After that, work on the bearing plates. To make the grease spread around, open and close the door. The motion will distribute the lube and make sure each moving part on the region is adequately lubricated.

Do note that you might need a ladder to reach the bearing plates and springs. And if you find that the springs are damaged or do not look like they are in good condition, we highly recommend changing them.

Step 8: Spray the Armbar and Lock

Once you have worked with the plates and springs, focus on the armbar and lock. Even though many think that lubricating the lock and armbar is not necessary, it actually is. By lubing them up, you can ensure that rust and corrosion do not occur on them that easily.

Spray the Armbar and Lock

Put the nose of the lube can directly on the lock's keyhole and spray it once or twice. Then, put a bit of the lube on the armbar. You can find it on the top of the door. Here, two or three sprays would be more than enough.

Step 9: Work on the Top of the Rail

At this moment, most of the moving parts should have lube on them. However, if you want to enhance the smoothness of the door further, you would need to spray a bit of the lube on the top of the rail.

The rail is the portion where the door chain rides on. It should start from the top of the door and run along to the ceiling of the garage. But you do not really have to spray the entire rail. Spray once or twice on the top portion, and then use a rag. Drag the rag through the whole line.

On that note, the chain will usually come with a natural protectant. For that reason, there is really no need to lubricate it that frequently. Also, please do not waste any of the lube by spraying it on the bottom of the rail.

Step 10: Finishing Touches

Last but not least, check the user manual. See if it states any of the other parts that need lubrication. If it does, lube them up properly. Nonetheless, for most of the garages, the steps above should be more than enough.

Once you are sure that each of the moving parts is properly lubricated, close the door again and turn on the motor. Check whether the door is moving properly now or not. If it does not move smoothly, we recommend following the entire process again, spraying a little more of the lube to the parts.

How Often Should You Lubricate the Garage Doors?

Regular maintenance can surely keep each of the moving parts of the garage in optimal condition. However, there is really no need to lubricate the parts once every week. Instead, follow the lubrication process every three to four months.

How Often Should You Lubricate the Garage Doors

However, if the garage doors see heavy usage, we recommend lubricating the parts at least twice every four months. That would ensure smoothness, and you will also be able to check whether each of the parts is in suitable condition while carrying out the lubrication process.

Final Words

It goes without saying that learning how to lubricate a garage door to keep it working smoothly is not a complex task at all. You need some patience, the proper lubricant and have to follow the right steps.

And we hope that you found the process we have described above easy to follow because that was our main priority.

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