The garage door track keeps and overhead garage door aligned properly. A poorly aligned track can cause the door to bind and not open correctly. This could be a serious problem. A loose track could allow the door to fall. On a positive note, it is not that hard to fix.

For related garage door topics, see the articles 'Adjusting Garage Doors' and 'Troubleshooting Garage Doors' for more information and a listing of all the garage door topics.

Garage door tracks are held in place by brackets that are attached to the door frame. The ends of the overhead portion of the track are suspended from the ceiling with steel channels. To work properly the tracks need to be parallel with one another. The garage door tracks also guide the door into the weatherstripping. Tracks that are too far away from the jamb can cause the door to have a gap at the weatherstrip.

Can you deal with garage door track issues? Most of the time the answer would be yes. Adjusting or replacing a section of track should not take long at all.

Garage Door Tracks - Information

What Can You Save?

Adjusting a garage door for a professional should take less than a half and hour. Probably around $75. The big problem is that you may be sold a new garage door. A new door could run between $600 and $1,500.

How Hard Could It Be?

Adjusting a garage door track is not too difficult.

These repairs will have a Difficulty Level of: Simple
These repairs require a Skill Level of: Handy Man

Check the Simple Things!

Loose brackets are easy to deal with. Get some wrenches and tighten up the bolts.

What Can Go Wrong?

The door tracks keep the door in alignment as it goes up and down. Adjusting things the wrong way can make things worse. You could take a door that is closing poorly and turn it into one that is not closing at all. Do not loosen the overhead tracks with the door up. The door could fall.

How Garage Door Track Works

How Garage Door Tracks Work Pic1

To understand how garage door tracks work you need to first look at the garage door rollers. The rollers have a long shaft that slides into the hinges. By design the rollers slide back and forth in the hinge. This means that you do not have to have the track perfectly aligned. Within reason, the roller will slide in and out to follow the track.

There are two ways that this can give you a problem. First, if the track is too close, the roller will bind against the hinge. A track that is too far away will cause the roller to pull out of the hinge. Ideally, the track will be positioned so that 1/2" to 3/4" of the shaft is visible. This will give the roller room to move in or out as needed.

With the door in the down position take a look at the margin on the track and rollers. Do you have a consistent margin? Is there a gap of around 1/2" to 3/4" between the roller and the hinge?

Rollers that are binding or close to falling out mean that the garage door track needs to be adjusted. See the article, 'Adjusting Garage Door Track to the Door'.

WARNING!! Do not loosen the tracks with the garage door in the up position!!! WARNING!!!

Replacing Garage Door Track

Garage door tracks are made of metal and can rust over time. Therefore, replacing garage door track may be needed. The track assembly comes in two pieces that are bolted together. Each door has two straight pieces and two pieces that have a curved segment on one end.

Before you remove a track on the side of the door you want to put something against the door to hold it in place. Make sure you unhook the garage door opener, so that no one can attempt to open it.

To replace an overhead section of track you want to close the door first. Unbolt the bad section of track and replace with a new one. Install the bolts in the same locations as the old ones.

Remove the bolts from the track and turn it off the rollers to remove it. Turn the new track into place and put the bolts back in place. Make sure the door is snugged up to the weatherstripping and tighten the bolts. Make sure everything is tight and check the alignment before attempting to open the door.


If you are working on the garage door track, you will also want to check the rollers and hinges to make sure they are in good order. See the articles 'Garage Door Rollers' and 'Garage Door Hinges' for instructions on what to do.


The garage door tracks are a simple yet, important part of your garage door. Most of the time, problems related to them are adjustment issues. With a couple of wrenches and a few minutes you should have been able to take care of any alignment problems.

For older doors you may need to replace a section of track. They are fairly standard and not that hard to replace. By now your garage door should be opening smoothly. Need something else to do? I'm sure you can find another project in your jar that needs attention.

Garage Door Spring Repair Pic1Garage door spring repairs will be needed when one of your garage door springs break. This will usually be with a dramatically loud noise.

There are two things that can be done with the springs. 'Adjusting Garage Door Springs' covers adjusting them. 'Replacing Garage Door Springs' explains when you need to replace them.

Yes, it will scare you if you are not expecting it. Garage doors can weigh as much as 300 lbs., making it almost impossible and dangerous to raise them. When a spring breaks you will be faced with the prospect of calling a garage door repairman or making your own garage door spring repair.

There are two types of garage door springs. Extension springs are the kind that are on each side of the door and are stretched alongside the overhead track. Torsion springs are mounted on the header above the door and use a round rod to connect to the sides of the door.

Of the two types, extension springs are easier to repair. Torsion springs can be dangerous and should not be worked on without a good knowledge of how they operate. In addition to that, the proper safety precautions must be observed.

Garage Door Spring Repair - Finding Help

Below you will find some common problems. There is a brief description and a link that will lead you to additional information. Our evaluation sections of the pages will help you to decide if you want to make the repair. The "What Can You Save?" and "How Hard Could It Be?" sections give you a quick overview of what is involved in this type of garage door repair. This will help you decide if it is using good judgment to make the repair yourself.

The "Check the Simple Things First" section will clue you in to easy fixes to check for. Many times something easy will eliminate a problem without the aggravation of an involved repair. In an effort to warn you about what you are in for, there is the "What Can Go Wrong" section. Forewarned is forearmed as they say. Knowing what to watch out for is always helpful.

Garage Door Spring Repair Topics

There are three issues with the garage door springs. The springs themselves, they either work or they are broken. The cabling that connects the spring's force to the garage door. The third item is adjustment. Only torsion springs can be adjusted.

Replacing Garage Door Springs

It is usually pretty obvious when a spring is broken. The door won't work and the spring is in two pieces. Broken springs will need to be replaced. Springs should be replaced in sets. If one spring broke, the second is probably not far behind. Examine the springs carefully to determine whether or not they are broken. If you are certain you have a broken spring you want to review this article. This article will help you determine the type of spring you have and the steps needed to repair them.

Adjusting Garage Door Springs

You have examined the springs and they do not appear to be broken. Check the cables, it could be that one has come loose or is broken. Does the cabling look different on one side of the door? The cables may need to be repaired or replaced. For a detailed discussion on garage door cable issues, you want to review this article. This article will discuss the various issues with the cables and any possible adjustments on the springs.


Often, repair is not an option with a garage door spring. Garage door spring repair usually means 'spring replacement'. There are some ancillary items that can be repaired, such as cables. When a spring breaks you are stuck, the door cannot even be safely lifted.

This article has mostly directed you to other resources after explaining a few things. After reviewing the information we hope that you were able to make your garage door spring repair or that you were able to get a serviceman at a reasonable price.

Replacing Garage Door Rollers Pic1Replacing garage door rollers is the likely option when they are beyond lubrication. The rollers can seize up, making them unusable. Or they can get so noisy that it is torture to raise the door.

Do you have a different problem? See 'Overhead Garage Door Repair' for a complete listing of the garage door topics.

The rollers are available at most home supply stores and are fairly inexpensive. Take one of the old ones with you when you go shopping.

The roller rides in the track, but you do not want to take the track off to replace a roller. It is easier to take the hinge off that has the sleeve for the roller. With the hinge out of the way the roller comes out easily.

Use a wrench to take the bolts out of the hinge. Only take one hinge off at a time. Removing too many hinges will compromise the support for the door. You can also use a battery drill and a nut driver to remove the bolts from the hinge.

Slide the new roller into the sleeve in the hinge. Install the hinge and you are done. Use the same method to replace the bolts that you did to remove them. The bolts are just lagged into the metal or wood on the door, so, don't over tighten the bolts. Now that was easy. Like I said, not much to dealing with the door rollers.

Lubricating Garage Door Rollers Pic1Lubricating garage door rollers is the first and simplest solution to noisy and sticking rollers. This choice will only take a few minutes and will likely solve the problem without further expense.

Do you have a different problem? See 'Overhead Garage Door Repair' for a complete listing of the garage door topics.

The rollers are made up with a metal shaft that slides into a sleeve on the door hinges. There is a plastic wheel the rides inside the overhead door track. The roller has ball bearings that allow it to turn. The shaft can slide in and out of the sleeve. Since both the wheel and the shaft move, it is possible that they can make noise or start to stick.

Use a can of silicone spray and lubricate the roller and the shaft that is inside the sleeve. Keep a rag handy and don't over do it. This may require a little patience. The shaft is fairly long and it may take a little while for the oil to work in. When the wheel is turning freely and the shaft does not bind you are done.

Lubricate all of the garage door rollers in a similar way and your problem is solved.


Garage Door Rollers Pic1The garage door moves up and down in a track, guided by the garage door rollers. The rollers allow the door to move freely.

You have two choices with the rollers 'Lubricating Garage Door Rollers' and 'Replacing Garage Door Rollers'. Take a quick jump here or read the overview below.

Do you have a different problem? See 'Overhead Garage Door Repair' for a complete listing of the garage door topics.

The metal can corrode and rust. In addition they can seize up. This is a fairly simple job and should be well within your grasp to accomplish.

You may notice the rollers slide in a sleeve that is attached to the door. So there are two trouble spots. The roller and the sleeve. When the roller does not slide the door will bind. When the rollers stick the door will be difficult to lift.

Take a few minutes an look over this information about garage doors. A typical door will have ten rollers. The chances are good that sooner or later this portion of your garage door will need some attention.

Garage Door Rollers - Information

What Can You Save?

This is an easy job for a service man. The rollers should cost less than $5 each. A $50 service call plus parts would be the minimum. The danger is that the repairman may take the opportunity to try and sell you a new door. They can be quite convincing when telling you about the woes of your current door. A new door could run into the thousands of dollars.

How Hard Could It Be?

Repairing or replacing garage door rollers is not hard at all.

These repairs will have a Difficulty Level of: Simple
These repairs require a Skill Level of: Job Jar Specialist

Check the Simple Things!

Lubricating the roller is the simplest thing. Often it will free up a sticking or noisy roller. Check Step One for information.

What Can Go Wrong?

Not a whole lot, unless you decide to take them all off at once and your garage door falls apart. Deal with them one at a time and you should not have any trouble.

Troubleshooting Garage Door Rollers

Did you notice that the garage door rollers were only about three dollars each? That means you could replace all of them for around thirty dollars. I guess the logic would be, 'if one goes bad, how far behind are the others'. Just a thought, since you are all practiced up. Did lubricating them work? Then lubricate them all.

Most of the time you will find that 'Lubricating Garage Door Rollers' is the correct fix. This article covered the procedure.


If you found that your rollers were seized or noisy, 'Replacing Garage Door Rollers' was the step that fit your needs.


Hopefully you were able to take care of your problem with a little oil. Worst case, you had to replace the roller. I know it was not a hard job. In the future you will be prepared to repair other garage door rollers. Well done!

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