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Garage Door Lubrication

Smooth and impeccable operation of garage doors is very critical, Squeaky and weary garage door produces jarring noise and is a huge source of irritation. At 716 Garage door we give special attention to seamless operation of Garage door systems, our technicians are equipped with knowledge about the latest lubricants available in the market to help your Garage doors work exquisitely.

Garage Door Lubricant is designed to help to maintain the operation of your residential or commercial garage door system. Regular application of garage door lubricant to garage door tracks, hinges, chains, pulleys, and latches prevents rusting, corrosion, sticking, and squeaking. Garage door lube dries quickly without leaving a messy residue, and also helps to minimize dust accumulation, so you can maintain a smooth operation for longer.

So if you are looking for prompt, seamless and affordable lubrication services for your garage doors, 716 Garage door & Repair is just a call away in Buffalo and surroundings.

It might seem obvious to simply grease up all the moving parts on your garage door if they become noticeably squeaky. If the noise is gone then you’re happy and the job is done, right? Wrong. We cover some common mistakes and misconceptions when it comes to lubricating your garage door.

What you may want to reconsider using WD-40

The first item on our list might surprise you. There’s quite a bit of debate on whether or not WD-40 (water displacement solution, attempt # 40) is actually a lubricant. WD-40’s fun little myths and legends page addresses this and goes on to refute claims that it isn’t a lubricant. In fact, it turns out to be a special blend of lubricants that make up what they refer to as a “secret sauce”. And nobody knows the recipe. Nobody.

One thing that may be the most important one when it comes to effective functioning of your garage door is proper lubrication. It helps get rid of the squeaky noise when the garage door opens and shuts. And also ensures its smooth and seamless functioning. When lubricating the garage door, the best option is to use a garage door lubricant. This especially works well for the parts of garage door such as the chain rail, metal rollers, ball bearings, hinges, stems, nubs, lock and the arm bar. You can use WD-40 Multi-Use-Product as a garage door lubricant . It not only lubricates the garage door the right amount. But it also provides a protective covering against moisture that leads to rust and corrosion.

WD-40 is a top choice for lubricating garage doors and has been keeping them in top shape for over 60 years. It is widely used because it not just provides lubrication to the garage doors, but also helps in preventing rust and corrosion. It can also withstand heat and cold, making it ideal for garage door lubrication. It also does not get gummy or attract dust the way engine oil or mechanic’s grease tends to.

SILICONE LUBRICANT SPRAY TO LUBRICATE A GARAGE DOOR

You can use a silicone spray on your garage door and on the parts that are causing the sound.

WD-40 High-Performance Silicone Lubricant spray is a lubricant in a spray that can be used to protect your garage door by waterproofing the fixtures and therefore preventing rust and corrosion. The lubricant will also prevent parts from sticking and binding.

WHITE LITHIUM GREASE TO LUBRICATE A GARAGE DOOR

You can also spray white lithium grease on different parts of the garage door to make it work and roll more smoothly. WD-40 High-Performance White Lithium Grease provides great long-term lubrication and has a high viscosity formula which means that it won’t drip or run. With all of these benefits, it can reduce friction and wear for your garage door leading to a longer life.

SCRAPE OFF THE RUST

Look for rust on your garage doors and scrape it off. Cleaning the rust and grease build-up will make the job of the lubricator easier.

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Garages are found in many homes, but how do we maintain them? There is nothing worse than a rusted garage door that squeaks and creaks, or worse, gets stuck when you try and open it. This can be a sign that your garage door isn’t greased enough and this can potentially lead to a more serious issue later on. Find out below how to lubricate your garage door.

To make sure that your garage door has a long life, the most effective way to maintain it is by lubricating the moving parts regularly with a trusted product like WD-40®. Using on its rollers, door hinges, locks and pivot points, you can:

  • Displace extra moisture
  • Lubricate and loosen stuck parts
  • Remove oil, dirt and grease
  • Protect it from rust and corrosion

Do you have a grease gun sitting around? Perhaps a small metal tub of some mechanic’s grease that you know would just work great and envelope all those moving parts. Well, the problem with grease is that it’s typically used in locations where it’s not exposed to the elements. Ball bearings and a-arms are either deep within the machine or are protected by boots. This allows the grease to do its job without being subject to dirt and water.

While grease might be lying around your garage and seem to be a great solution, leave it on the shelf. It will end up collecting dust and grime and making more of a long term mess than it’s worth.

Another rather common household lubricant—oil%—might be your next go-to solution to get those rollers to stop their singing. This one even comes in a nice squeeze bottle that’ll let you control its application. The problem with oil is that it doesn’t have a very high viscosity. Oil can be useful for getting into tight spots like small gears but you’ll find that it maintains that liquid consistency.

As such, when this lubricant gets moving (think rotating around the rollers day in and day out) it will have the tendency to spread out and run. Once it has nowhere to go and nothing to hold onto, where do you think it will go next? That’s right, it will simply drip down onto your beautiful epoxy floor. Or worse, it might drip on your vehicle or other tool in your garage.

Now we’re getting into the stuff that works really well. This type of grease is made from lithium soap. It adheres especially well to metal, is non-corrosive, can be used under heavy loads, and exhibits good temperature tolerance. All great factors in regards to your garage door.

Also having a high viscosity makes it great for practically any part on your garage door. And with a melting point of nearly 400° F, you’ll never have to worry about this grease dripping or running off to where it shouldn’t be.

Some mixtures of white lithium grease contain Polytetrafluoroethylene (say that five times fast), which is a base used in Teflon products. If you’re somehow not familiar with PTFE, it’s a very durable protectant commonly found in cooking products or high-heat applications.

You’ll find several different ways to apply white lithium grease:

14 oz tube for a grease gun
14 oz round tub
1.5 oz squeezable tube
10 oz WD-40 spray can
The best garage door lubricant

Silicone based lubricant is especially good for lubricating practically any part of your garage door. It has the ability to adhere well to both metal and plastic and won’t swell or soften any rubber parts, which is important for bushings or quiet nylon rollers.

Silicone lubricant resists dust and dirt, is water resistant, and protects against rust. It’s easy to apply and stays where you put it. This is the best long-term solution if you choose not to (or forget to) annually lubricate your garage door.

As with white lithium grease, this products comes in several different containers for just about any preference in application: tubes, tubs, cans. Some methods may be easier for getting into those hard-to-reach spots. Fast-drying spray is perhaps the most versatile. Have a look at the options that you can choose from.

How to lubricate a garage door

So, you’ve settled on either silicone based lubricant or white lithium grease, right? Well now it’s time to get lubricating. If you’ve decided on a spray lubricant, your job will be made a bit easier. Especially with a straw nozzle, your can will allow you to get into the tightest of spots around the door.

Preparation: Move any vehicles or other obstructions either out of the garage or out of your way. We suggest you do this not only for safety’s sake, but also to mitigate grease overspray or dripping.

It’s recommended that you lubricate the door parts with the garage door closed and released from the motor. You’ll be applying the grease at the pivot points so you’ll want it to be free-moving.

Lubricating: Starting at the top, spray or apply your grease to the following parts attached to the door itself:

Here are the parts that you should spray with WD-40 Multi-Use-Product:

  • Springs: Spray WD-40 generously on all the springs. Just make sure they are covered and not soaked
  • Hinges: Lubricate the points where the hinges pivot. However, make sure you do not apply lubrication to plastic hinges as they can degrade with it
  • Rollers: Apply WD-40 as a garage door lubricant thoroughly to the rollers of your garage door.
  • Locks: Cover the locks fully in the lubricant if you have trouble opening and closing them

As you work your way down, raise the garage door and apply the grease to the hinged pieces. This not only makes it easier for you to work, but maximizes the amount of grease that gets inside all the now-exposed parts. Use your step ladder to increase your reach but also to get a better view of parts you’re lubricating.

If you have metal rollers, you’ll want to inspect them closely where the stem meets the back of the roller wheel. You should see some small bearings inset within the wheel. Spray or carefully apply lubricant to these bearings. If you have nylon rollers, there may be no need to lubricate this point of contact as the bearings are likely sealed.

In either case, do not lubricate the track. Did you read that? Don’t lubricate the track. We can go through with a rag and wipe this down when we’re done, but don’t directly lubricate the track. You’ve got a nearly 300lb. door and you don’t want it sliding around, or worse, coming completely off the track.

Next, you can go ahead and lubricate the pulley. This will be the large wheel with the coiled-up wire attached to the garage door. Just like the metal rollers, you may see some exposed bearings that can be sprayed. If the bearings are sealed then there is no need to lubricate this part

The arm bar is attached to the carriage rail by a metal sleeve. The point of contact is on the top of the carriage rail. There is no need to lubricate the metal (bottom) facing you. Spray or apply a line of grease along the top of the carriage rail.

If you have metal rollers, you’ll want to inspect them closely where the stem meets the back of the roller wheel. You should see some small bearings inset within the wheel. Spray or carefully apply lubricant to these bearings. If you have nylon rollers, there may be no need to lubricate this point of contact as the bearings are likely sealed.

In either case, do not lubricate the track. Did you read that? Don’t lubricate the track. We can go through with a rag and wipe this down when we’re done, but don’t directly lubricate the track. You’ve got a nearly 300 lb door and you don’t want it sliding around, or worse, coming completely off the track.

Next, you can go ahead and lubricate the pulley. This will be the large wheel with the coiled up wire attached to the garage door. Just like the metal rollers, you may see some exposed bearings that can be sprayed. If the bearings are sealed then there is no need to lubricate this part

The arm bar is attached to the carriage rail by a metal sleeve. The point of contact is on the top of the carriage rail. There is no need to lubricate the metal (bottom) facing you. Spray or apply a line of grease along the top of the carriage rail.