How to Use a Gear Hugger to Lubricate a Garage Door

August 05 2022
How to Use a Gear Hugger to Lubricate a Garage Door

When a garage door is not properly kept in good condition, it can become loud and squeaky. More importantly, a noisy door indicates that your garage door isn't properly lubricated, which could lead to more serious damage in the future. Fortunately, with proper maintenance and Gear Hugger, you can avoid noise and give it a longer life to your garage door.

 1. close the garage door1. Shut the garage door. Close the door manually or with the remote. This will allow you to access the tracks and the rest of your door's moving parts.

2. Unplug the power to the door2. Turn off the power to the door. Before you lubricate your door, make sure it's not in use. After closing your garage door, disconnect it from the power source. If the plug for your garage door opener is difficult to reach or hard-wired, turn off the breaker in your circuit box that controls it.


3. Clean out the tracks with a wet rag3. Wipe down the tracks with a wet rag. The garage door rollers move along the tracks as they open and close. You don't need to lubricate these, but you do need to make sure they're completely clean for your door to work properly. Remove any dirt and debris from the insides of both tracks.


4. vacuum out dirt and dust from your tracks4. Clean the dirt and dust from your tracks. If you're having trouble getting debris out of the tracks, you can suck it out with a vacuum and a hose extension. This is an excellent solution for getting to the higher portions of the tracks that you may be having difficulty reaching.


5. Open your door and spray gear hugger on each of the hinges5. Spray Gear Hugger on each of your door's hinges. Lift your garage door slowly and spray each hinge where it meets the bend in the track. This will lubricate the door's moving parts and make opening and closing the garage door much smoother. On each hinge, apply one or two sprays. Lubricant should be applied to your hinges.


6. Lubricate the rollers6. Balance the rollers. Garage door rollers are the circular moving pieces that are attached to each of your hinges. These rollers contain small ball bearings that must be lubricated for your door to open and close smoothly. Spray the grease inside the rollers with the thin hose attachment. Wipe away any excess lubricant to prevent your door from becoming unbalanced.Any exposed ball bearings must be lubricated thoroughly.Lubricant should not be sprayed on nylon rollers.


7. Spray the outside of your springs and bearing plates7. Spray the armbar and lock. Lubricating the lock will make it easier to lock your garage door and will help to prevent rust in the long run. Spray the lubricant into the lock's keyhole once to lubricate it. After you've finished lubricating the lock, finish by spraying the grease on the large armbar at the top of your garage door.


6. Spray the ambar lock 8. Lubricate the rail's top. The rail is the portion of your chain that runs along the ceiling of your garage. Because the top portion of the rail is where your chain rides, it is the part that needs to be lubricated. Spray the top of the rail with the grease, then spread it around with a rag.


9. Lubricate the top of the rail 9. Lubricate the top of the Rail. The chain has a natural protectant on it that eliminates the need for regular lubrication. Spraying the bottom of the rail has no effect. To learn how to lubricate and maintain your specific garage door opener, consult the owner's manual.

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