How to put garage door roller back on track

Tilt doors are easy to use and easy to maintain, but sometimes they can jump off their tracks. This usually happens at the most inopportune moments, like before you set off for work or just before you leave for a vacation. This leaves you with a dilemma, do you leave the garage unsecured, or call the local handyman and risk delaying your holiday?

How much easier would it be if you could fix it yourself? Believe it or not, this is an easy thing to fix, even if you are hopeless at DIY. What’s more, it should only take a few minutes, allowing you to get on with your day as normal. In this blog, we are going to show you how to put your garage door back on its track in just 10 minutes using everyday tools.

Tools you will need:

Rubber mallet

Locking pliers/vice grips

Standard pliers

1. Disconnect the door from the opener

If you have an automatic opener, disconnect the door from the mechanism by pulling the overhead string which disengages the mechanism. You should now be able to open and close the door manually.

2. Locate where the rollers are jumping off the track

Open the door partially to move the wheels to the point where they are jumping off the track. Once you have located the position use locking pliers to hold the door open by clamping them on one end of the track.

3. Open up the track with pliers

Now take the pliers and pry open the track where the rollers have come off. Be careful to only open the track wide enough to ensure the rollers can move back into position. If more than one roller has come off the track repeat the process for all the affected rollers.

4. Push the rollers back into position

Now push the rollers back into position and use the rubber mallet to knock the track back into place. When all the rollers are back in place and the track is repaired, remove the locking pliers.

5. Check the door is working normally

Now you should be able to operate the door manually. If you have an automatic opening mechanism press the open button to operate the door as normal. As the door moves through the opening cycle it will catch the release mechanism and begin to open the door as normal. Open and close the door a few times to ensure everything is working correctly.

If you find that your door is becoming detached from the rails more often than usual, it may be because the track is damaged beyond repair and needs to be replaced. At Sesame Garage Doors we are experts at repairing and replacing damaged garage doors.

We can supply a range of tilt and roller doors in both steel and timber which not only look great but are easy to use and maintain. We can also supply Gliderol doors which are Australia’s leading up and over garage door manufacturer. So if you need help fixing your garage door or would like more information about a new one, get in touch with us today.

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