How to Lubricate Springs on Garage Doors

How to Lubricate Springs on Garage Doors

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Squeaky Spring GetsGrease

Ozark, MO

#1 Mar 13, 2013
How to Lubricate Springs on Garage Doors

Keep your garage door rolling smoothly with regular maintenance

The sound of squeaking, squealing, grinding garage doors is annoying, but the sound is a significant sign to a homeowner that the springs maneuvering the action of the garage door require immediate attention. Providing a twice-yearly maintenance routine for garage door springs, whether torsion or extension, addresses problems due to normal wear and tear from the repeated up-and-down motion, checks for any negative affects of seasonal and inclement weather and allows early detection of a defect in the mechanism itself.

What You Need to Know

Most of the items necessary to lubricate your garage door springs are regular household items, like cotton rags, mild detergent, and lubricating oil (such as WD-40). It's also helpful to have the owner's manual to your garage door, if you can locate it.

Lubricating Garage Door Springs

Step 1:
Apply a thin line of lubricating oil across the top of the torsion springs from one end of the spring to the other. Allow the oil to coat the outside of the springs and seep down between the seams.

Step 2:
Apply a line of lubricating oil across the length of the extension springs. Allow the oil to penetrate the seams of the springs as well as the cables.

Step 3:
Open and close the garage door two to three times once the oil is applied to allow the lubricant to thoroughly coat the inner portion of the springs.

Step 4:
Continue the maintenance regimen by lubricating all hinges, seams, rollers and pivot points that comprise the moving pieces of a garage-door mechanism.

Step 5:
Clean any built-up grease, grime and debris from within the roller tracks using a cloth dipped in a solution of water and detergent. Consult the owner's manual for instructions regarding whether oil can or cannot be applied to the tracks for your particular model of garage door.

Tips & Warnings
Lubricate torsion and extension springs once or twice a year and all other moving parts, including hinges and rollers, an additional three times per year.
When oiling torsion or extension springs, do not attempt to fix or adjust problems found during routine maintenance, as broken or faulty springs are dangerous. Consult a professional garage-door repairman to address issues with faulty springs.
Oil used on rollers made with nylon may cause the nylon to degrade. Oil sprayed into the tracks may cause the rollers to slip. Both degrading material and roller slippage affect the effectiveness of the garage-door mechanism.
staceybeck01

Sterling Heights, MI

#2 Mar 22, 2013
Is this going to make my garage a lot quieter? If anyone uses the garage late at night or early in the morning it wakes everyone up. Hopefully I don't need new garage doors in Scottsdale. http://www.smokeysgaragedoor.com/
Jameel

Orlando, FL

#6 Aug 20, 2013
I have been trying to do my own garage door repair in Calgary. I've done all the lubrication, but the garage door still isn't working. I'm thinking about going to a professional. http://www.stampededoors.com/html/services.ht...
Anne L

Lehi, UT

#11 Dec 6, 2013
I always thought that overhead doors, even in Winnipeg, were brought up by thick cables. Where do the springs come into play? http://www.transconaoverheaddoors.ca/Services...
Courtney Galler

Provo, UT

#16 Aug 14, 2014
My husband just finished oiling our garage door system, and when he tried to use it, it wouldn't work. I think he broke something while he was working. We're calling different repair companies to see what kind of deal we can get. http://www.allseasonsgaragedoor.com/service-r...
Jesus Chrysler

Flippin, AR

#17 Aug 14, 2014
I tried to save money on the lubricant by using hog lard instead of WD 40. When I try raising the garage door all it makes is a squealing sound. A squealing sound, get it?
Bag of Bones

Willow Springs, MO

#18 Aug 18, 2014
QUOTE:"...it makes is a squealing sound. A squealing sound, get it?"
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Mime Oil --- you need to go to O'Reilly Automotive and ask for some mime oil.
guest

Flippin, AR

#20 Aug 19, 2014
Bag of Bones wrote:
QUOTE:"...it makes is a squealing sound. A squealing sound, get it?"
__________
Mime Oil --- you need to go to O'Reilly Automotive and ask for some mime oil.
It is cheaper at Auto Zone, get it Auto Zone.
SDIrvine

Scottsdale, AZ

#24 Nov 4, 2014
I wish amateurs do not give advice. WD-40 is not good for torsion springs. Use Lithium or Silicone based lubricant.

squeezers

“Deport them all deport Now”

Since: Aug 13

The Woods

#25 Nov 4, 2014
SDIrvine wrote:
I wish amateurs do not give advice. WD-40 is not good for torsion springs. Use Lithium or Silicone based lubricant.
What about KY jelly?

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Guest

London, UK

#26 Nov 5, 2014
squeezers wrote:
<quoted text>What about KY jelly?
So you know all abot KY been using it to lube you're Anal orifice again.
SuZ

Tulsa, OK

#27 Nov 6, 2014
Now seriously how important is this b/c no one ever told me I needed to oil anything and I've had it going up and down for years .

squeezers

“Deport them all deport Now”

Since: Aug 13

The Woods

#28 Nov 12, 2014
The thinly veiled racism of some posters on this forum, and the idiocy that is the looters.....makes this problem worse. In all reality, and I'm sorry to say this, the death of Michael Brown is really inconsequential. 11,000 Americans die every year by way of gun injuries, some inflicted by police officers, some inflicted by law abiding Americans, most inflicted by criminals. The life of Mike Brown, his death, and the reaction to his death... is just emblematic of a larger societal problem. We should be coming together, it's only every so often we become self-aware and focus on it for more than 2 weeks. Americans are realizing....something is kind of fucked up....several things in fact. But rather than working together to address the issues that our country has been facing, fixing what is wrong with America with what is right with her; Something else is happening. We aren't talking about poverty, education, minorities, our culture, the police, racial divides, economic divides, or the general lack of empathy in this country (or sometimes WAY too much empathy). We're talking about the people, who traveled from miles outside of town to loot and whether or not Mike Brown flashed a gang sign or was a troubled student. That shouldn't be the issue. We have an opportunity to spur change in America that has been stifled for too many years. But we're using throwing it away....

The outcome of this trial doesn't matter. What does matter is how we choose to continue, how we proceed after the riots, the burning, and the looting. How we move on (because we will move on). Because if we ignore our problems again, and sweep them under the rug for another generation....then the debate we're having in America is USELESS. So before you type out your comment about the evidence, or how Mike Brown supporters are racist, or how Wilson supporters are racist, or Guns, or Holder, or MSNBC, or FOX or anything else.....Consider what I've said.

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Bangladesh

#30 Nov 30, 2014
Actually I read this article. Your article is so much rich-full and more informative article. I am very benefited your article Thank you for your post..
zaldyboy1

Hollywood, FL

#34 Jun 27, 2015
Anne L wrote:
I always thought that overhead doors, even in Winnipeg, were brought up by thick cables. Where do the springs come into play? http://www.transconaoverheaddoors.ca/Services...
It takes the most load making lifting the garage door easy. Without the torsion springs the garage door would be very heavy to lift or wouldn't move at all.
TitsMacGee

Kitchener, Canada

#35 Aug 5, 2015
Well that was certainly on topic.
SuZ

Springfield, MO

#36 Aug 5, 2015
not for long *smile*
https://youtu.be/qHej4ZqZDwo
Jeff Curtis

Buffalo, NY

#39 Jan 15, 2016
I just moved into a new home, and the garage door has a few issues. I discovered that along with it not having a safety laser it also might need some new springs. Thanks for the tips on how to lubricate the springs I will go through this process to see if I can save them before having them replaced. http://www.doordoctorinc.com/garage-door-repa...
guest

Flippin, AR

#40 Feb 1, 2016
Jeff Curtis wrote:
I just moved into a new home, and the garage door has a few issues. I discovered that along with it not having a safety laser it also might need some new springs. Thanks for the tips on how to lubricate the springs I will go through this process to see if I can save them before having them replaced. http://www.doordoctorinc.com/garage-door-repa...
I oiled my springs and now they are TOO quiet. Spooky quiet. Now I have tuuuurn around and look before I back out. In hindsight I liked the squeaky, creaking sounds they made before I oiled them.
Any ideas how to undo what I did?
TBlaster

Noblesville, IN

#41 May 10, 2016
guest wrote:
<quoted text>
I oiled my springs and now they are TOO quiet. Spooky quiet. Now I have tuuuurn around and look before I back out. In hindsight I liked the squeaky, creaking sounds they made before I oiled them.
Any ideas how to undo what I did?
WD-40

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