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Garage door way too squeaky

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by hberg, May 24, 2004.

  1. hberg

    hberg give me some of your tots

    Jan 23, 2003
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    Okay we were lax and finally got around to WD-40 on the ole garage door (we have auto open) and we oiled the wheels. It still squeaks pretty bad, am I missing something here?
  2. neilz

    neilz New Member

    Dec 7, 2003
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    WD-40 may not have enough lubrication for the ball bearings. I'd see if you still have the garage door info (if the builder gave it to you), or do a search on the manufacturer and see what they recommend.

    I would not be surprised if they said to use something like lithium car door grease.

    Neil Z.
    Resident since 1999
  3. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

    Jul 26, 2001
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    One thing that I noticed with both our garage doors was that some of the 'hinge' screws were loose. I tightened ALL the screws and BAM!, the squeeling went away...

    Mr. Linux
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  4. afgm

    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

    Aug 14, 2002
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    Great point Linux. One should also check those nuts and bolts, often, for safety. Garage doors are not to be taken lightly, they ARE dangerous. I consider myself pretty handy around the house, but I won't mess with garage doors, except for general maintinance like Linux mentions.

    As for a lubricant, try some white grease. It is available at Home Depot, and other places. It is heavier and made for significant metal on metal lubrication.

  5. teak

    teak New Member

    Mar 26, 2003
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    Believe it or not, garage doors are suppose to be adjusted every several years. It's a maintanence thing and there are people who specialize in adjusting garage doors. I think it has to do with the springs or something.

    I say keep a nice think layer of white grease on the rails. Spray the springs with some silicon.

  6. doberman

    doberman New Member

    Jun 5, 2003
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    In a previous house, I had a garage door which refused to close, after several years without maintenance. After speaking with a few people, I found that this was fairly common. It's important to oil or grease every single moving part. Depending on your type of door, this may include pulleys, wheels, rollers, springs, etc. I thought I had done so, but it still wouldn't close. Then I realized there was one pulley I had missed, and it was the one that had seized up.

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