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How to Fix a Garage Door That Has Come Off Its Tracks

Your garage door moves up and down or back and forth on a roller/track assembly. In other words, small wheels, or rollers, attach to the door and sit on a metal track. When the door opens, the rollers move it along the track.

A garage door that sticks may be off its tracks.

Things You Will Need

  • Wrench
  • Household cleaner
  • Rag
  • Spray-on lubricant

Your garage door moves up and down or back and forth on a roller/track assembly.  In other words, small wheels, or rollers, attach to the door and sit on a metal track.

When the door opens, the rollers move it along the track.  The system is simplistic in nature, but when these two essential elements become misaligned, the garage door will not open or close properly.

To keep your garage door moving freely, you must know how to put the rollers back on track. 

  1. Tighten the brackets that hold the track in place. This may be the culprit behind rollers that become misaligned. If the track is not stable, the rollers will fall off it. The brackets attach to the metal track and then anchor to the wall with bolts. Tighten each bolt with a wrench to pull the track back into alignment.
  2. Wipe down both the track and the wheels with a household cleaner to remove dirt and debris that may interfere with movement.
  3. Lift the door until the rollers hover over the track and then set it down. Repeat the process on the other side of the door if necessary.
  4. Tip

    Spray the rollers and track with a lubricant if they stick. If the rollers continue to fall off, you may need to realign the track. Undo the bolts that secure the brackets, then grab the track and move it back into place. Set a level on random sections of the track to ensure it is not twisted or out of alignment. Once the track is set, tighten the bolts on the brackets, then reseat the door.

Things You Will Need

  • Wrench
  • Household cleaner
  • Rag
  • Spray-on lubricant

Tips

  • Spray the rollers and track with a lubricant if they stick.
  • If the rollers continue to fall off, you may need to realign the track. Undo the bolts that secure the brackets, then grab the track and move it back into place. Set a level on random sections of the track to ensure it is not twisted or out of alignment. Once the track is set, tighten the bolts on the brackets, then reseat the door.

About the Author

Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.

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