Noisy garage doors are no picnic. The good news is they are fairly easy to repair — as far as garage door repairs go. All it usually takes is a can of garage door lube spray and a wrench to tighten any loose bolts — and you’re good to go. Make the neighbors happy and impress the wife with your incredible DIY repair skills. (You don’t need to tell her it was this easy.)
First, take a deep socket ratchet wrench and tighten down all loose parts on your garage door (especially the bolts that attach the brackets). While you’re at it, look for any worn or damaged garage door parts like your rollers, brackets, etc. Most garage doors have unsealed bearings that will self-destruct as time takes its course. These you’ll want to replace.
(You might want to replace with nylon rollers. These are a little more expensive than steel, but are much quieter. It’s well worth it — especially if your door is near a living room or bedroom, or if the neighbors are sensitive.)
If you notice an oblong hole on the hinge, you’ll want to replace it. While some movement is fine in a hinge, too much makes your garage door noisy and can cause other parts to wear out faster. Gray dust and metal filings are other signs it’s time to replace the hinge.
Next, go over every moving part with a garage door lubricant. (Not WD40. This will cause your door to rust prematurely.) A spray works best, but you can always use a paint brush to get in all the nooks and crannies.
This is a job you really should do every 3 months or so. You’ll notice the results (and so will your wife). This garage doors repair only takes 30 minutes, but you can stretch out the job so it looks more impressive. It will be our little secret.