How To Lubricate Your Noisy Garage Door

Uploaded by PrecisionGarageDoor on 30.06.2011

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Hi, I'm Derek with Precision Door.
Have been having trouble trying to get rid of the squeaking and rickety noise coming from your garage door?
Over the next couple of minutes, I'm going to show you how to take care of that problem
with a couple of do it yourself solutions and some valuable information on how to properly lubricate your garage door.
One of the most common errors homeowners make when greasing their garage doors is that they use oil
– like the ever-so-popular WD-40.
"Now you read the can and it'll tell you to use it on your garage door...
"...but if it was up to WD-40, they'd tell you to put it on your cereal too."
It's actually not that bad....goes down smooth. want some??
The problem with WD-40 and oil is that they're de-greasers. Sp they're actually taking out the grease rather than helping your situation.
The best thing to use is a lithium based grease.
If you have trouble finding the lithium spray at one of your local Home Depot, Lowes or hardware stores,
the next best thing would be a silicone spray. It's not as good as the lithium, but it's a hundred times better than using oil.
As you can see, the lithium spray leaves a generous thick coat that doesn't run or drip like that other oily mess that can cause damage to your door track.
You want to lubricate all moving parts of the door.
First – make sure that your door is in the closed position.
Then disconnect the door from the motor.
You'll want to spray the parts as the door is manually being moved around the bend of the track.
Make sure you hit all hinges, pivot points, stems, nubs, locks and arm bar.
The next thing you'll want to grease are your rollers.
The most common roller that most manufacturing and garage door companies are using are Metal Rollers or Plastic Rollers.
If you have plastic rollers – you can put some grease on it.
Not sure how much good that's actually going to do because these rollers have NO ball bearings
and are designed only to last a few years and you should probably be replacing them anyway.
If you have metal rollers – you can see the ball bearings in there.
Exposed ball bearings always need to be greased.
Use the straw tube on your spray can to get in there and fill it up.
Remember that you'll be doing this with the rollers in place on the door and track,
so be sure to apply in good lighting,
and you may possibly need a step ladder pending on your height and line of sight.
I'm gonna need that step ladder.
Precision Door uses Seal Bearing Rollers –
so there is nothing to grease.
The ball bearings are NOT exposed therefore they require NO maintenance.
The other thing you'll want to grease are the PULLEYS.
If you have a pulley that looks something like this, you can see the ball bearings in the center of the wheel.
This one is pretty new so it's a little harder to see them.
As they get old and worn – it'll have a lot more wiggle than that...
but at that point, greasing is not going to do anything. So you're going to have to replace them anyway.
Just use the straw tube to get in there. Remember that you're pulley will be in position, so once it's greased, work the pulley up and down a few times.
If you have a pulley with the seal, there's no bearing exposed.
So there's no point in greasing. Like the seal bearing rollers, this pulley has zero maintenance.
When it comes to the garage door opener – the most common mistake homeowners make is that they try to grease up the chain.
Garage door opener chains come out of the factory with a protective coating that should last the life of the motor.
If you really feel the need to give your chain “a little love” to help maintain it,
you can spray a little WD-40 on a cloth and wipe the chain. That will help repel moisture.
What you want to do is lubricate the top of the rail.
That's where the trolley moves back and forth. It grips the top of the rail and that's where all the friction is. NOT at the bottom.
Most people spray the bottom of the rail. That's not going to hurt, but it's not going to do anything either.
It's just going to create a mess that drips on your floor, your car....and your head.
Another thing you DON'T need to grease is the tracks.
If you think you see symptoms that make you think you need to grease your track – then you have something wrong with your door.
Some people might start adding oil or packing it up with more grease.
Over time, wind and air will kick up dust and dirt into the grease hardening it like cement.
The only thing on the track you can grease to help with noise
is THIS particular point of the track where you have a break and bolts screwing the two pieces together.
Not really necessary, but ti's the only place on the track that I'd recommend.
Always remember that tracks don;t need to be greased....
...they need to be cleaned. Something you can easily do with a wet cloth.....or a little WD-40.
When it comes to your garage door springs, you wont need to grease your extension springs.
They've already been dip coated and require no maintenance.
On the other hand, if you have a torsion spring, that's going to need a little love.
Instead of springs getting stretched – torsion springs get wound. And because of that, you'll want to grease them.
Even when they're brand new, they'll make a little noise when the coils rub against each other.
All you have to do is take the spray straw out and coat from one end to the other.
Then bring the door up and down a couple of times and let the grease work itself in.
The grease is going to do two things on the torsion spring -
1 – It's going to reduce the amount of noise you hear from the friction.
2 - Most companies use oil tempered or galvanized springs – so this grease helps prevent rust build up.
2 - Most companies use oil tempered or galvanized springs – so this grease helps prevent rust build up.
Precision Door offers power coated springs that are dipped and coated inside and out. Therefore, you don't need to worry about rust.
Getting a new spring from other manufacturers or even a place like Home Depot –
you may end up getting a spring that's coated on the outside, but not coated on the inside.
And believe me, it's very difficult to coat the inside of a coiled spring.
My recommendation is to ask your garage door specialist...or the sales person at a home depot,
and find out if they have powder coated springs, because it's the best investment you can make because it's maintenance free.
The last thing you'll need to grease on a torsion spring door are the bearing plates.
This piece is your bearing. And there are two more located on both sides of the door.
That bar sits inside these bearings.
When you wind up your spring, all the power gets transferred to it and the bar spins inside the bearings
Unfortunately, the bearings on the plates are not accessible unless you remove the springs.
A task I would not recommend to the average homeowner.
If you feel they need service, you should immediately contact a professional door technician,
because you may have an unsafe condition.
With a little grease on these spots and the spring itself – you'll have a safer, quieter and longer lasting garage door.
If this video hasn't helped solve your garage door noise problem, I strongly recommend you contact a garage door professional for an evaluation and service.
Remember, the garage door is the largest moving part of your home.
And if not functioning properly, it could pose a serious threat and dangerous situation.
We're Precision Door. A name you can trust.