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Basic Torsion Coil Spring Maintenance

06/24/2013 Back To Blog

The electronic garage door is a significant part of the home.


It contributes to property’s appeal, convenience, and security. Torsion coil springs are a key component of the door. It offsets the weight and stores the tension that is needed to lower and raise the door effectively. These maintenance tips are designed to help you keep your springs in good operating condition for years to come.Basic Torsion Coil Spring Maintenance

Needed Tools


To perform regular upkeep of your garage door springs, you will need a ladder, a file, and a container of 3-in-1 oil spray. Now that you have that available, go ahead and disconnect the electronic garage door opener. Also, release the door from the opener by pulling the red release cord. With the ladder in place, climb up to where you have a clear view of the torsion shaft. This is the bar that is located on the top of the garage door with springs wrapping around it. Each end of the shaft has brackets on the end.

Inspect Torsion Shaft

Make sure the shaft goes into the barring in the brackets. Lift the door several inches to see that the shaft is rotating smoothly. If it isn’t, you will need to take off the torsion coil springs so that you can lubricate the shaft. For best safety, leave this to the professionals. Do this for both brackets and then examine the mounting bracket in the center. Make sure it is securely in place and that the shaft rotates without falter. If you see buildup on the shaft, file it away until the surface is smooth.

Apply Lubricant


You will need to add a small application of lubrication to every moving garage door component such as the bearings tracks, and rollers. Use caution when applying lubricant to the torsion springs. Add oil to the entire spring except for the final inch before the bracket. Oil on the winding brackets can make the springs unwind. Next, move the door up and down so that the lubricant works its way in to the parts. Finally, reconnect the overhead garage door to the opening mechanism and plug in the motor. Test it to ensure that it is operating smoothly.

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