Garage Door Lubricating: Springs, Rail, Lock

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the reasons why lubricating your garage door and its components periodically is important, plus some initial steps for doing so. This is one of just a few very simple processes that is involved in caring for a garage door over the years, and knowing how to carry it out can be very helpful. 

At Overhead Door Company, we’re happy to assist with any and all forms of garage door repair and maintenance, including lubrication for any of your required components. If there are any parts of the process we’re going over in this series with regard to lubrication that you aren’t comfortable with, simply call on us for assistance and we’ll be glad to help. If you are indeed comfortable proceeding, however, let’s move forward with the final steps to properly lubricating any garage door.

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Lubricate Bearings and Springs

We left off in part one with cleaning the door tracks and lubricating the hinges and rollers of your garage door, which are the first major components that should be covered. Next up, you’ll need to focus on the bearings and springs of your door. These are critical moving parts that can be easily damaged if they become dry or corroded, so it’s important to make sure that they’re properly lubricated at all times.

Springs are located above the door tracks on either side of the garage door, while bearings can be found on the underside of the springs. You’ll want to lubricate both of these parts with a good quality lubricant designed for metal, such as WD-40 or something similar. Simply apply a light coat to both the springs and bearings, taking care not to overdo it – you don’t want any excess lubricant dripping down onto other components. Also be sure to actually open the door before you move on here, ensuring you’ve applied enough lubricant.

Lubricate Top Rail and Arm Bar

Next, you’ll need to focus on the top rail and arm bar of your garage door. These are located above the door, and they work together in order to help the door open and close smoothly. As such, it’s important that they’re always properly lubricated.

To do this, simply apply a light coat of lubricant to both the top rail and arm bar. Once again, you’ll want to use a quality lubricant designed for metal, such as WD-40 or something similar. You don’t need to use a ton here – just a light coat will do the trick. Once you’re done, open and close the door a few times to help distribute the lubricant.

Lubricate Lock and Final Tests

You’re nearly done! Now it’s just time to apply a light coat of lubricant to the lock on your garage door. This will help to keep it working properly, and can also help to prevent it from freezing up in cold weather. Simply apply a light coat of lubricant to the lock, then open and close the door a few times to help distribute it.

And before you pack everything up, simply open and close the door a few more times to ensure that everything is working as it should be. If you notice any unusual sounds or resistance, simply give us a call here at Overhead Door Company and we’ll take care of it for you. And if you have any other needs in garage door repair or related services in Utah, we’re always standing by!