...I do lube the wheels IF they do have roller bearings in the wheels and then only a few drops of a light-weight oil. The 3-in-1 oil is good IMO. ..
Came across this thread while using the search feature - the advice above is spot-on. Those steps work quite well.
To continue the discussion - for those in northern climates, is there a particular lube/oil that you prefer for severe cold temps (near 0 F temps). I know many in the upper Midwest have been hit hard by some really cold temps during the last couple of days (as well as large amounts of snowfall).
I'm with Ron on this one. I have installed many a garage door and openers. I never use any lube on the tracks themselves. I do lube the wheels IF they do have roller bearings in the wheels and then only a few drops of a light-weight oil. The 3-in-1 oil is good IMO. As far as maintenance: I have three doors of my own. On an annual schedule I clean the door tracks, lube the wheels, release the door drive unit and test the door for balance, clean and lightly lube the guide rod ( I know, it's old), and adjust the chain drive if needed. I also wash the doors inside and out. I don't like a dirty door. The door on the home garage, and 8' high x 12' wide was installed in 1991. The two on my shop, 10' high x 12' wide, were installed in 1996, and I have had now problems with them since. These are also insulated doors and quite heavy, but well worth the monies as the home garage door faces west.
You have too much time on your hands!
Seriously, that's good advice. I'm often asked to replace side mounted springs. I don't feel comfortable messing with torsion springs