Don’t Lubricate This Important Garage Door Part

Why Lubricating the Tracks on Your Garage Door Is a Bad Idea

Consistent lubrication is one of the best ways to maintain your garage door. Best part about it: you can do it by yourself – no repair service needed. Your overhead door can last a lot longer if you spend time maintaining it and doing minor DIY repairs every few months. Lubrication allows the door to be more in tune with itself and prevents key parts from getting rusty and more importantly: makes the door run smoothly so you don’t have to wait precious seconds for it to open or close.

Lubrication Can Do a Lot of Good for Your Garage Door

While keeping the parts on your garage door well lubricated is a good idea, there are certain areas you shouldn’t lubricate. With proper lubrication, your garage door will glide on its track, saving you precious time and effort.

Here’s a reminder of what you can (and should) lubricate: The top of the rail, the lock, hinges, rollers, bearing plates, and the door’s springs (bonus points if you have two springs instead of one!) Proper lubrication in these areas will enhance the performance and durability of your garage door.

It Can Also Do Just as Much Harm If Done Incorrectly

However, the one location that should not be lubricated is the tracks. Lubricant in this spot can quickly send a garage door off track, which can result in a semi-costly repair. While it might seem like a smart idea to lubricate the area, your best course of action is just to clean the area thoroughly.

You can use WD-40 to clean the track area if needed. Since it’s a solvent and not lubricant, it works well for cleaning. Just be sure to wipe down the track afterward to remove any remaining mineral oil left from the WD-40. That being said, WD-40 should not be used to lubricate the areas mentioned above – it will just cause the door to prematurely degrade. Instead, use grease or lubrication specifically made for garage doors, your local hardware store will be filled with options. By adhering to these guidelines and performing regular lubrication, you can keep your garage door running. You’ll enhance its lifespan and avoid plenty of unnecessary repair costs.

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Garage Door Trolley Repair

The garage door carriage, also known as a trolley, is the device that travels on a rail between the motor and the face of the wall above the door opening. An operating arm connects the trolley to the garage door. It’s usually installed as part of the opener, but occasionally wears out before the opener and will need replaced. This is a fairly easy DIY garage door repair with the right household tools and ladder. Before starting, always release the door from the opener and disconnect any power supplies. You’ll lower and close the door by hand, positioning the door arm to pull the carriage to the far side of the garage door rail. You’ll disconnect the carriage from the opener by removing the cotter pin from the cotter bolt that attaches the upper end of the door arm to the carriage.