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Old 05-22-2012, 11:25 PM   #1
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Garage door squeaks when lowering


I just bought a new house in Feb - new construction.

Put in my own Craftsman garage door opener.

When lowering the door, it squeaks - especially during the last few feet.

Has gotten worse since this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibivL...ature=youtu.be

Ideas?

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Old 05-23-2012, 06:04 AM   #2
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Sounds like the door itself and not the opener. Can you confirm that?

My first guess would be lube the torsion spring. I don't see a traditional one above the door. Wayne Dalton style maybe?

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Check the door alignment side to side(rollers rubbing on door track), check that the door is not rubbing on the trim in front of the door edges. Lubricate rollers, hinges.....everything that moves. I assume you lubricated the opener track with the grease supplied??

Check the door in manual mode, look for spots that catch or hang up, and look for those squeaks. The door should operate smoothly. At mid travel, it should stay if you let go. If it does not stay at mid travel, spring tension needs to be adjusted.
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JustBill hit all the main points.

Basically....do it by hand.....listen for the noise spots....

You can confirm the opener is not the issue by pulling the disconnect cord and cycling the opener without the door.

I ended up installing nylon rollers on mine...helped with the noise....

Mine makes a little bit of noise going up....but is quite going down....

Avoid using WD40 or other wet oils....they attract dust.....if something needs lub...use graphite.
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JustBill hit all the main points.

Basically....do it by hand.....listen for the noise spots....

You can confirm the opener is not the issue by pulling the disconnect cord and cycling the opener without the door.

I ended up installing nylon rollers on mine...helped with the noise....

Mine makes a little bit of noise going up....but is quite going down....

Avoid using WD40 or other wet oils....they attract dust.....if something needs lub...use graphite.
Is indeed the door and not the opener.

Just moved it by hand and noticed the wheels aren't always turning.

What kind of lube.....graphite? Not familiar other than the stuff you put in car locks. Link?
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Is indeed the door and not the opener.

Just moved it by hand and noticed the wheels aren't always turning.

What kind of lube.....graphite? Not familiar other than the stuff you put in car locks. Link?
It probably is the same product that you put in your car locks. I'm assuming that this is an antifreeze issue you guys might have in the States? Car locks freezing is not such a big issue in Australia Anyway Graphite is pretty much graphite. As someone already said it is a dry lube and will not attract dust. Its a bit of a worry though that some of the wheels aren't turning at all. Depending on what they are (Nylon/Steel) they may actually need replacing - but if they do appear rusted/seized you could try an oil or WD40 on these wheels only to free them up. I would then hit them with a degreaser and dry them out as much as possible and then lube them with graphite. Overall this would at most be a temporary fix but at least if you get those wheels moving it will give you an idea if that is what is causing the noise and then you know what you have to fix!
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You can get graphite at any hobby store.....it's commonly used on Pinewood Derby cars...
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combo of the wheels and the door weight making the final turn down on that track
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Found this at Home Depot today.

http://www.blastergroup.com.au/garag...lubricant.html

Gave it a try...immediately after using it even w/o letting it soak in it helped quite a bit.

I assume I'm not putting it on the rollers themselves, just in the assembly?
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I'm surprized, thanks!

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