How to Stop a Squeak in a Glider Rocker

Written by jeffrey abbott
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The rocking chair is a common piece of furniture found in the nursery, porch or living room of American homes. Since it rocks back and forth, it's ideal for relaxation and putting babies to sleep. The glider rocker is a derivative of the original rocking chair. While the original rocking chair depends on curved wooden slats to rock back and forth on, the glider rocker depends on a four-bar linkage that allows you to rock back and forth effortlessly. At some points, the metal linkages might become dirty or rusty and produce a squeaking sound. It's simple to clean the linkage system and eliminate the squeaking noise.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Water-displacement lubricant
  • Clean cloth

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  1. 1

    Place the rocker on its side to expose the four-bar linkage.

  2. 2

    Spray a small amount of water-displacement lubricant on all of the moving parts of the four-bar linkage assembly. Wipe off any excess lubricant to prevent it from dripping on the floor or other parts of the chair.

  3. 3

    Restore the rocker to its upright position and rock it back and forth for about a minute. This helps the lubricant work its way into the moving parts of the linkage.

Tips and warnings

  • If squeaking persists, try lubricating the joints again.
  • If squeaking still persists, inspect the linkage assembly for broken or missing pieces.
  • Be careful lowering and lifting the rocker.
  • Since there are moving parts, be sure you know where they are and how they will react before moving the chair.

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