Garage door off-track repair

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    Garage door off-track repair

    You coming here means your garage door has derailed.

    If so, we recommend that you stop operating until it’s repaired.

    Garage doors can come off the track for various reasons.

    Without regular maintenance, this is even more likely to happen sooner.

    Nonetheless, you can do a garage door off-track repair on your own if you strictly follow these steps.

    Prior knowledge is a must before attempting to fix your garage door.

    But then again, you could always call us at Joaquin Garage Doors in Fresno to rid yourself of the trouble and avoid mishaps.

    Keep yourself from harm, and contact us now!

    If you still decide on doing it yourself, be sure to have some extra helping hands.

    You will need them, especially if you’re not confident doing it on your own and are just doing it to avoid repair costs.


    Your garage door can get derailed for different reasons. Some of it may be:

    Damaged Doors

    If your garage door is broken, around the top or bottom edge of a panel, it might cause it to slide off track.

    The panel will buckle outward, and you may think it’s fine, but it’s not.

    When this happens, quickly call for professional help to fix it.

    Bad Bearing Plates

    Check to see if you can find black dust on the spring bar around the bearing plates.

    The black dust is metal shavings from the bearing grinding on each other.

    These could also be attributed to improper lubrication or wear and tear over time.

    We recommend a replacement to keep it from damaging the other parts.

    Broken Spring

    A broken spring can cause your garage door to carry the load on one side and eventually derail due to its weight.

    Call us right away or other garage door repair teams near you.

    We may have to replace it with new springs.

    Bad Rollers

    The most common cause would be bad rollers.

    It may have become wobbly and frozen in place, resulting in the garage door wheel going off track.

    You can do a garage door off-track repair on your own by following the steps below, or you can call your trusted repair team if you’re not confident of your skills.

    10 steps to get your rollers back on track

    Typically, a garage door roller gets off track by an intense impact.

    You may have hit your garage door trying to race time.

    Or it could be caused by an obstacle along the track.

    Be sure to check it regularly and do your routine maintenance.

    Step 1: Gather your materials

    Before doing anything to your garage door, be sure to have your tools by your side.

    To perform a garage door off-track repair, check if you have locking tools, plier, or wrench, and a rubber mallet is optional.

    Step 2: Disconnect from the opening mechanism

    To do this, find that rope that connects the opener from the door.

    Pull the rope and it will release the door from the opener, allowing you to manually operate your garage door.

    Step 3: Open the garage door

    A garage door can be heavy.

    For this step, call for your helper and lift it together.

    Be very careful not to drop it since it can cause fatal injuries.

    Step 4: Pinpoint the jamming wheel/s

    As you open the door, locate the part where the wheels are getting off track.

    You may need to repeatedly close and open the door to locate that jammed wheel/s.

    If you’re a first-timer and you can’t seem to find it, better stop at this point and reach out to a garage door repair company.

    Step 5: Keep the door up

    Once you’ve pinpointed the spot, use your clamp or locking tool.

    Position it on the outer edge of the tracks and pull.

    Step 6: Wiggle the track

    This is a simple trick.

    You need to wiggle your track a little bit and see if it accepts the wheels back.

    If you’re worried about breaking the track, then skip this step and move on to the seventh step.

    Step 7: Remove the nuts and bolts

    You can remove the nuts on bolts holding the track.

    Use your wrench or plier in this step.

    Once you remove it, position the roller and slid it back in the track.

    If you’re successful, replace the bolts and proceed to step 9.

    Step 8: Manipulate the track

    If step 7 did not do it, then try pulling on the track by using pliers.

    This method will give room for the roller to slip back in.

    If you’re successful, bend the track back in position by using your rubber mallet.

    Step 9: Test it manually

    Remove the clamp or locking tool that you put in, and try manually operating your garage door to open and close.

    Do it for a few and see if it’s operating as it should.

    When you’re satisfied with your work proceed to the last step.

    Step 10: Test it automatically

    Now, use your remote to operate the garage door automatically.

    To activate the opener, take out the remote control and hit the button.

    To secure the door release mechanism, allow the opener to complete its normal opening and closing cycle.

    Wrap it Up!

    Congratulations on repairing your garage door by yourself!

    After that extraneous activity, it’s time to clean up.

    Put everything back in place and let yourself relax.

    Until Next Time

    Repairing your garage door on your own can either be rewarding or life-threatening.

    When there’s something wrong with your garage door, it is always advisable to call for help.

    So don’t hesitate to get in touch with Joaquin Garage Doors.

    It’s even better to put us on your speed dial for a speedier service.

    Your garage door deserves the best, as do you!

    Call us anytime, and we will answer every time!

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