How to Lubricate a Garage Door

Lubricate the hinges, rollers, and tracks on your garage door every year to keep it opening and closing smoothly and quietly.


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You Will Need

  • Penetrating oil
  • Garage door opener
  • Cloth (optional)


  1. Do not oil roller tracks with nylon rollers.

  2. Step 1

    Apply oil

    Apply two drops of penetrating oil onto the seams of the hinges. Squeeze the oil onto the top of the seams, so as it drips, it will lubricate the entire seam.

  3. Before lubricating, wipe away grease buildup on all rollers and roller pins.

  4. Step 2

    Apply to roller mount

    Apply 2 drops of oil into the seams of all roller mount brackets on the door.

  5. Step 3

    Apply oil

    Apply 2 drops of oil onto the ends of each roller pin on the roller mount brackets.

  6. Step 4

    Apply oil to track

    Apply 6 drops of oil onto the roller track, approximately 1 foot from the curve of the track.

  7. Step 5

    Open and close

    Open and close the garage door with your garage door opener a few times to distribute the oil.

  8. The number of new homes built with a 3-car garage doubled from 1991 to 2005.