Ear plugs... :)
If it's riding in the track and not rolling, the bearings may be shot.
Otherwise, perhaps the alignment is out so one side is rubbing
Whatever it is, grease/lube on the tracks themselves isn't the answer.
More often the noise is not where wheels contact the track.
More often, the noise is rusting ball bearings. Any use of
lithium grease must be in the bearings - not on the wheel
surface. This is also true of the wheel that carries cable
from counter weight spin to bottom of door. This wheel's
bearings also require a good grease such as lithium.
Also balancing the counterweight springs so that the door
does not 'skew' will help. Be careful. Those springs can
contain a surprisingly large amount of force.
Personally, I've moved away from greese. I use motor oil/light
machinery oil. I put a drop or two into each wheel/axle area, and
wipe down the whole track with an oily rag.
Greeses were collecting dirt, and not going where they were suppose
Others have tried to fix a skewed garage door by only
greasing the rails. Inspection is required to first determine
if those two springs are properly balanced. If the springs
are not balanced, then the door will (obviously) skew within
the tracks and make more noise.
Oiling bearings will trap dirt just like grease. Getting
grease on ball bearings is not as easy as applying oil. But
then there is good reason why ball bearings (especially on the
wheel high above the dirt that supports a 90 degree cable
turn) are so often greased - not just oiled.
Richard J Kinch wrote:
Which means the first thing the Original Poster should do
before trying to solve the problem with grease is check for a
skewed garage door - as was stated in a very first reply.
After all these posts even about torsion bars, nothing useful
was posted - other than the OP should check for a skewed
(unbalanced) door. And perform the inspection with caution.
Duane Bozarth wrote:
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