It is essential to lubricate the garage door regularly. Not lubricating the garage door will cause excessive wear and tear to wheels, channels, and other moving parts. Lubrication is the most ignored part when it comes to the garage doors. In addition to the excessive wear & tear, lack of lubrication will also make the garage door squeaky. In this article, we have listed the detailed process of lubricating the garage door. Follow the steps listed below.
- One Step at a Time – Start by closing the garage door and ensure that you are inside the garage. Once you close the door, you will get access to the tracks and all other moving parts. You can close the garage door using the remote or manually.
- Disconnect Power – In this step, you need to disconnect the power source of the garage door opener. It is essential to disconnect the power source because it would avoid accidental opens or avoid a situation where you get an electric shock.
- Cleaning the Track – Do not start the lubrications yet. You should first clean the track with a damp rag. Clean all the area which are in contact with the rollers. Cleaning them will remove the debris from the door and remove the slag that would be there. Do not use a wet cloth but use only a damp cloth for the cleaning process.
- Vacuuming the Dirt – If the grime is stuck to the garage door slide, you can also use the brake cleaner to clean the parts. Brake cleaner will loosen the dust particles, and you will be able to clean it properly. If you notice dust or debris that can’t be cleaned via rug, use your vacuum cleaner and suck out the duck from grooves.
- Use of Correct Lubricant – Now is the turn to lubricate the garage door. A common mistake done by the people is the use of WD-40 or Oil to lubricate the garage door. You should not do this. Instead, you should use lithium-based grease (buy here) or silicone-based lubricant (buy here) to lubricate the garage door. These lubricants are available in spray, and they are straightforward to apply.
- Avoiding Oil – The reason we do not want you to use oil is that oil will lead to a buildup of dirt, and this would become very difficult to clean the next time you are performing maintenance activities on your garage door. Ensure that you are not over applying the lubricant on the moving parts.
- Lubricating Hinges – Many people miss lubricating the hinges, so do remember to lubricate the hinges as well. To lubricate the hinges, you can start lifting the garage door and lubricate each hinge slowly. You must also lubricate the rollers as they take a lot of abuse when you open or close the door without any obstruction.
- Lubricating the Exposed Parts – You should also take care to lubricate the exposed ball bearings. At the same time, ensure that you are not lubricating the nylon roller. You must also lubricate the springs, bearing plates, lock, arm-bar, and top of the slide.
These are the necessary steps to clean and lubricate the garage door. We also recommend you to check the owner’s manual to understand the right lubrication procedure as it may vary from one product to another. For any other questions, you can reach out to us.
Here is a video demonstration on how to lubricate your noisy garage door.