How to Lubricate a Noisy Garage Door

Is your garage door making loud, squeaky sounds? Worry not. The majority of these unpleasant squeaks can be easily resolved by using a bit of garage door grease. Whether you have a manual or electric garage door, it features metal components such as chains, door springs, hinges and rollers that need lubricating or oiling occasionally. This article provides a step by step guideline in regards to how to fix noisy, squeaky garage doors on your own.

What you will need

  • Garage door grease
  • Silicone spray lubricant
  • Rag
  • Step stool or ladder
  • Eye protection


1.       Using a step stool or ladder, examine your garage door track as well as the wheels. The objective is to find anything that may be behind the loud squeaky noise. Note that debris or a fractured wheel may cause squeaking. Using a rag, wipe away dust, grime, cobwebs and buildup that may be present on the springs, door hinges and rollers.

2.       The first place to begin with is the garage door track. Contrary to popular belief, you should not directly lubricate the garage door tracks. What you should do is lubricate the sections of the roller often found on the tracks. Unlock the garage door and apply the garage door grease into the interiors of the rollers that glide on the track. Make sure the whole inside section of the rollers is covered in grease. If you cannot get your hands on garage door grease, you may alternatively use a silicone spray lubricant. Squirt little amounts of the lubricant into the moving sections of the garage door itself. Unbolt the door halfway and do the process again. Open and shut the garage door a couple of times in order to work the lubricant into the track uniformly and achieve a fine, noiseless result. Using a clean cloth, wipe away any blobs of dripping lubricant from the track. You don't want your garage floor littered with grease.

3.       After you've finished lubricating the inner section of the track, proceed to other mobile parts, most importantly the garage door spring, hinges and chain. Generally, the chain is situated on the motor and ought to be partly, if not entirely exposed. The spring is placed in the heart of the garage door and attached to the garage door opener. With all of these sections oiled, your garage door should slide along smoothly and silently when either opened or closed.