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Do you need to lubricate Garage Door tracks or just clean them down?

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Do you need to lubricate Garage Door tracks or just clean them down?

I tend to lubricate my garage door in the spring and fall using garage door lubricant but never lubricate the tracks. What I do is use brake cleaner on a rag to clean the tracks down to remove any buildup and that makes them look shiny.

I have read conflicting info that some people lube the track while others don't. I just figured that lubricating the tracks would attract more dirt which in turn comes on the rollers.

Thoughts?
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I lub the tracks and door hinges in the fall every 2 year with Jig-a-Loo.
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I agree with you completely.

The rollers do not slide in the tracks, they revolve on their own axels. Therefore the tracks do not require lubrication. I usually just wipe them down with a rag, but using brake cleaner is a great idea.

I use silicone spray on the hinges and weather stripping, and a very light oil on the torsion spring to prevent rusting and eliminate any squeaks caused by adjacent coils rubbing against each other.
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Rick007 wrote: I agree with you completely.

The rollers do not slide in the tracks, they revolve on their own axels. Therefore the tracks do not require lubrication. I usually just wipe them down with a rag, but using brake cleaner is a great idea.

I use silicone spray on the hinges and weather stripping, and a very light oil on the torsion spring to prevent rusting and eliminate any squeaks caused by adjacent coils rubbing against each other.
Thanks. That is exactly what I do.
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Tracks are supposed to be cleaned - grease and such on them will cause dirt to collect.

For the rollers you need to lubricate the bearings if they are not sealed. I'm not sure how many people are using rollers without sealed bearing but it was a thing decades ago before nylon rollers became popular.
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Jig-A-Loo or WD40 all the wheels, hinges, and tracks. Annually before heading to the winter.
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When we moved into our house in the fall (3 years old) the garage door was squeaking badly from the track. We lubed the track and the squeak was gone.
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kenchau wrote: When we moved into our house in the fall (3 years old) the garage door was squeaking badly from the track. We lubed the track and the squeak was gone.
Did you use brake cleaner to clean it first or just lubed it?
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I never lube the tracks, or even use brake cleaner on them. Just wipe them down with a damp rag. That's still more than 95% of homeowners do. For the parts I do lube, I use white lithium grease (cheap at canadian tire).

Here's a video with some explanation:

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hightech wrote: Did you use brake cleaner to clean it first or just lubed it?
Sorry, I don't know why I said track. I was referring to the centre trolley rail. That's what was causing the noise.

But we did lubricate the side tracks as well because ours are steel wheels. Didn't use brake cleaner though as it wasn't dirty. Just a casual wipe in some spots.

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