How to Lubricate a Garage Door Mechanism


Garage doors have a number of moving parts that require lubrication to maintain proper and quiet operation. The hinges, chain, spring, and rollers require the most attention and are the parts most prone to wear out. Have a professional perform maintenance or repairs on the spring due to the large amount of pressure associated with the mechanism. Lubrication of the spring and the other aspects of the garage door can be done by anyone with a simple can of silicone spray lubricant.

Things You'll Need

  • Silicone spray lubricant
  • Ladder
  • Erect the ladder so that you can reach the top aspect of the spring.

  • Spray a small line of silicone spray lubricant along the top of the chain from one end to the other.

  • Spray a small amount, approximately a 1 to 2 second spurt, on the rollers and hinges. Do not spray the track directly. Spray the lubricant into the rollers from the side of the roller closest to the metal bracket attached to the garage door.

  • Spray the chain or screw with a light coat of silicone spray near the motor. Spray the teeth of the gear for the chain if that is visible, as opposed to the chain directly.

  • Spray the locking mechanism on the back of the garage door.

Tips & Warnings

  • Routine maintenance requires that you inspect the door and any moving parts for potential damage or signs of wear and tear. Consult a professional if you notice any indication of the parts failing. A well balanced garage door can be raised to half way open after disconnecting the opening chain or screw. If the door continues to open or falls to the ground when you hold it at half open, the garage door needs professional maintenance. Lubricate the listed moving parts and any additional every six months. Consult your owner's manual for additional routine maintenance needs.

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