A common garage door issue is a garage door that jumps the track. It is very important that if this happens, you stop using your garage door immediately and call a professional.
If the door continues to operate while it’s off-track, you can do further damage to the door, and increase the cost of the repair.
If you catch the off-track problem ASAP and you are a handy person, it’s possible to fix the issue yourself. Sometimes it’s as simple as popping the rollers back into place, and then putting the door back on track.
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Getting your off-track garage door back on track!
- Find the handle and rope that hangs from the midpoint of your garage door track. Make sure the garage door is closed. Then disconnect the opener from the garage door. You can do this by pulling the handle.
- Raise the garage door a little until the rollers align with the area near where the door is off-track. Then, use a clamp, pliers or a pair of vice grips that lock to secure the door. You can put them on the track under the lower portion of the garage door.
- Once that’s done, use another pair or clamps or pliers to open the track. Pick an area close to where the rollers jumped off-track. If the track is wide enough, you might be able to direct the roller wheels back onto the track.
- Now, close the opening using a piece of wood or a hammer. You can place this against the outer edge like a buffer. Or just tap gently on the track to straighten it. You can tap with a hammer, or a rubber mallet. A rubber or wooden mallet won’t cause much damage, like a hammer would.
- Once that’s complete, remove the clamps or pliers and close the door completely. Now you can press the button on your garage door opener remote to confirm it’s closed completely. While you’re doing this, the opener will snag on the garage door. Then it will snap the release apparatus into the correct position.
Your garage door and garage door opener should now function properly!
Make sure you test your garage door several times to make sure it’s working the way it should. Watch and make sure the garage door continues to open and close fully, and note any problems you might find. Problems include a place where the rollers are catching or dragging. You might have to straighten the track in those areas.