How-to guide: lubrication and your garage door

By lubricating the right mechanisms on your garage door, you can extend its lifespan!

Is your garage door making unpleasant noises? Does it creak, squeak, squeal, click or groan? If you’re tired of hearing that ruckus, we have a solution! Lubricating your garage door system can make it run smoothly and quietly. In addition, this easy task can help prevent further damage to your door… which would cost you time and money.

A quick do‑it‑yourself maintenance of your garage door system can prevent many problems from happening.

Lubricating your garage door springs

Before starting, you will need to make sure your garage door is in good working order. Inspect it for worn or broken parts. Disengage your automatic door opener by pulling on the emergency cord. You should now be able to lift and lower your garage door without too much effort. If your door feels heavy and is difficult to open, you may have discovered a much bigger problem than a noisy door. Contact us to have one of our licensed technicians complete a full inspection of your garage door system.

If your door is in great working condition, it’s time to begin lubricating. For all parts, it’s important to use the right product. Use one designed specifically for metal parts. Motor oil (5W30) can also be used.


Apply a little oil onto each hinge. Concentrate on the parts that move. Also apply a bit of lubrication to the brackets found at the top and bottom of your garage door. A small amount will do.


Rollers need very little lubrication, if any at all. In this case, less is more. Here are our recommendations for each type of roller:

  • Steel rollers without coverings: small amount of oil on the ball bearings only.
  • Black nylon rollers without ball bearings: small amount of oil between the rollers and shaft.
  • Steel rollers covered in white nylon: no lubrication. Ball bearings are already sealed.


Both extension and torsion spring systems need to be lubricated on a regular basis. Lubrication helps reduce the friction within the steel coils. Once done, your garage door will operate much more quietly. Simply apply a little oil on the spring, starting at the top. Then use a cloth to rub the oil all over the spring. Once done, it’s important to wipe off any excess oil to prevent it from dripping. This maintenance is needed before both winter and summer, since extra humid weather can speed up the rusting process on steel components.


For garage door tracks, simply apply a bit of oil on each horizontal section. When the rollers travel on the tracks, they will help spread the oil.

Other considerations

There are two more garage door components to monitor:

  • The solid shaft that supports the torsion spring may need a small amount of oil. Apply it to the anchor plate found above the door.
  • Lift cables and drum coils must be in good condition, but they don’t require lubrication.

Garage door openers

There are two main types of garage door openers: a chain drive and a belt drive.

Chain drive openers need to be lubricated once or twice per year. We recommend using white grease to lubricate this area. Depending on your chain drive – which is comparable to a bicycle chain – you may have a complete chain, or one with a chain fastened to a steel cable. Apply the grease to the entire length of chain. Use a soft cloth, and remove any excess to prevent dripping.

If you would like this done for you, please contact us; our technicians will use the correct products when completing a maintenance package on your garage door.

If you have a belt drive door opener, you do not need to grease it. At the time of installation, white grease was applied to all parts that needed it, including the drive sprockets, found at the end of the trolley. That original application is all that is needed.

As you’re working on your garage door opener, it’s a good time to inspect and tighten the bolts that hold the opener’s trolley together.

A well‑lubricated garage door

We recommend following the above guideline before each summer and winter season. Lubricating your garage door can reduce wear‑and‑tear, which can add up to expensive repairs. Your door will also be safer, quieter and easier to use.

For all garage door needs, or to book a preventative maintenance package, please complete our new online form. Or get a free quote by calling us at 1-888-879-9470. Our experts are standing by, ready to answer any questions you may have.

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