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How to lubricate your garage door

How to lubricate your garage door

Lubricating your garage door is an essential maintenance task that helps keep it operating smoothly and quietly. Here’s a step-by-step guide to properly lubricate your garage door:

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Only use a clear fine oil like WD40 or 3in1
  • Clean rag or cloth
  • Step ladder
  • Protective gloves (optional)
How to lubricate your garage door


  1. Safety First:
    • Ensure the garage door is closed and disconnect any automatic opener to prevent accidental operation.
    • If your door has a manual lock, engage it.
  2. Clean the Tracks
    • Use a clean rag to wipe down the tracks on both sides of the door. While you don’t need to lubricate the tracks themselves, keeping them clean ensures smooth operation.
    • Avoid using lubricants on the tracks as it can cause dirt and debris to accumulate, leading to more friction.
  3. Lubricate the Hinges
    • Spray the lubricant on each hinge where it pivots. This helps in reducing the noise and ensuring smooth movement.
  4. Lubricate the Rollers
    • Focus on the rollers that move within the tracks. Spray the lubricant on the roller bearings if they are made of metal. For nylon rollers, lubricate only the bearings and avoid spraying directly on the nylon part.
    • Wipe off any excess lubricant to prevent drips.
  5. Lubricate the Springs:
    • Apply lubricant to the torsion springs if your garage door uses them. This helps reduce noise and wear. Be careful when working around the springs as they are under high tension.
    • If your door has extension springs, lubricate them as well.
  6. Lubricate the Locks and Arm Bar
    • Spray the locking mechanisms, including the lock keyhole and any moving parts in the lock.
    • Lubricate the top of the door’s arm bar, which connects to the garage door opener.
  7. Lubricate the Bearing Plates
    • Apply lubricant to the end bearings and centre bearings, which help the torsion springs function.
  8. Lubricate the Garage Door Opener Chain or Screw:
    • If your garage door opener uses a chain or screw, apply a small amount of lubricant to it. Avoid over-lubricating, as this can attract dirt and debris.
  9. Operate the Door
    • Manually open and close the garage door a few times to distribute the lubricant evenly.
    • Reconnect the garage door opener and test its operation to ensure everything is moving smoothly.

Additional Tips:

  • Frequency: Lubricate your garage door every 3-4  months or as needed, especially if you notice noise or stiffness.
  • Type of Lubricant: WD-40 or 3-in-1

By following these steps, you can ensure your garage door operates smoothly and quietly, extending its lifespan and reducing the need for repairs.