If your garage door sounds like a freight train every time you open or close it, it's probably time for some lubricant. Fixing a squeaky garage door requires the application of a silicone lubricant spray on the spring, hinges, wheels and wheel tracks. The automatic garage door opener pulls a chain to lift the door and over time this chain can dry out. Special garage door opener lubricant found at your local home improvement should be applied to the chain, at least, twice a year.
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Things you need
- Eye protection
- Silicone lubricant spray aerosol
- Garage door opener chain lubricant
Put on eye protection. Spray the main spring above the garage door with the silicone lubricant. Spray the hinges which connect the different pieces of the garage door together. Spray the wheels and the roller tracks of the door with the lubricant. Wipe away all excess lubricant with a rag. A ladder may be needed to reach these areas.
Open and close the garage door several times to allow the lubricant to work its way into the areas you've sprayed. Push the open and close button to accomplish this.
Squirt automatic garage door opener lubricant on the chain that opens and closes the door. Wipe away all excess lubricant and the open and close the door several times until the chain is well lubricated. If squeaking persists in any area, apply lubricant and then open and close the garage door until the squeaking stops.
Chain-drive Garage Doors
Set a ladder up under the motor housing. Close or open the door and listen to hear if the squeaks are motor-related. Have a professional repairman work on or replace the motor if the squeaks are motor-related.
Inspect the roller tracks for dents that could be causing the rollers to squeak. If any dents are found in the tracks, pound them out using a centre punch and hammer.
Spray the roller tracks and the hinges of the garage door with silicone lubricant.
Belt-drive Garage Doors
Set a ladder up under the screw shaft of the garage door opening system.
Squirt a rust-resistant lubricant along the threads of the screw driveshaft.
Open and close the garage door several times to allow the lubricant to cover the entire screw driveshaft.
Inspect the roller tracks for debris and wipe them clear with a clean cloth.
Spray the roller tracks and the garage door hinges with silicone lubricant. Open and close the door several times until the squeaking stops. When the parts that are rubbing together are fully lubricated the squeaky should stop.
Screw-drive Garage Doors
Tips and warnings
- Screw-drive designs are best for temperate weather climates.
- Chain-drive designs are best for detached garages.
- Belt-drive designs are best for attached garages.
- Keep fingers away from the garage door parts during operation to avoid injury.
- Keep the area below the garage door clear to avoid damage and injury.
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