How to Lubricate Garage Door Rollers

Garage doors can stop moving properly, and even stick and squeak terribly, if the rollers are full of corrosion and rust.

Maintain garage doors by regularly lubricating the rollers.Maintain garage doors by regularly lubricating the rollers.
Inspecting them every six months or a year can be key to stopping a potential problem before it happens. If the door is hard to lift or lower, it may be already a little past time, but with a little elbow grease and lubricant you can solve the issue on your own.

Clean off any dirt or grease from the rollers and the torsion spring before you begin to lubricate, to avoid creating a sludgy substance of grit and sand that can destroy the metal. You can clean the dirt and grime using a clean cotton cloth. Squeeze two drops of lubricant into the seam of every door hinge on the garage. Work from the top so the oil will seep into the seam on its own power.

Drip in another two drops to the seam of each roller's mount bracket, located in the tracks on the side of the garage door. Add an additional drip on the ends of the pins that hold on the brackets inside the mount, and on the ones right below that do the actual rolling.

Apply six more oil drops to the track of the roller, at about one foot above the track's curve.

Go to the spots where the cables connect into the roller mount brackets at the bottom of the door, and squeeze on another drop of oil where the two parts come together.

Stand on the ladder and draw a bead of oil along the length of the top of the torsion spring, which is connected at the top of the garage door.

Open and close the door three or four times to make sure that the oil distributes completely over the track.

Things You Will Need

  • Cotton cloth
  • Lubricant
  • Clean, disposable rag
  • Ladder


  • Do not use oil on vinyl and plastic rollers. Instead use a silicone spray, a light-weight multi-purpose household oil or a professional door lubing product.
  • Do not use WD-40, non-mechanical greases or oils because they will combine with dirt and negate the process.

About the Author

Based in New Jersey, Michelle Raphael has been writing computer and technology articles since 1997. Her work has appeared in “Mac World” magazine and “PC Connections” magazine. Raphael received the George M. Lilly Literary Award in 2000. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State University.