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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

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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

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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.
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  3. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Staff Member

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    Hberg,

    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...

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  4. afgm

    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

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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

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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.

    -Teak
  6. doberman

    doberman Member

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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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