how to put garage door wheel back on track

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Tools Needed
1 Locking Pliers
2 Rubber Mallet
3 Regular Pliers
4 Ladder
Materials Needed
1 Screwdriver
2 Lubricant Oil
3 Safety Glasses
4 Needle Nose Pliers
Total Cost
$5-$25
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Estimated Time
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Skill Level: Advanced
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Project Overview

garage door wheels and brackets

When a garage door wheel falls off the track, it can prevent the door from opening or closing properly. And, if your door is in the open position, potentially leaves you vulnerable to theft.

Getting the issue repaired quickly is likely a priority, but it doesn’t require a professional repair person to make sure the job is done right. In fact, many homeowners can handle the job themselves with a few basic tools. Plus, it doesn’t typically take a lot of time, making it a preferable solution when compared to waiting for a repair appointment.

To put a garage door wheel back on the track, you don’t have to interact with the tension spring on the door. This makes this one of the safer projects involving a garage door that one can do. Just follow the steps below, and your door should be operating properly in no time.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Find the Release Handle

person pulling on the red garage door release handle from inside the garage door area

To be able to adjust the door, you’ll need to disconnect the garage door from the opener. In most cases, this process is very simple. You just need to locate the release handle first.

If you aren’t sure where the release handle is located, begin by looking for a bright red rope that would be hanging from the door rail. Often, it’s near the top of the garage door.

Garage doors that use a residential jackshaft opener may find the release handle in another location. Look near the bottom of the motor, and you should spot the handle.

2

Clear the Area Around the Door

person using a broom to sweep the area in front of the garage door opening

Before you pull the release handle, you want to make sure there are no people or objects near the door opening. This is especially true if the door is currently in the open position.

That way, once the door wheel is back on the track, there’s no risk of injury or property damage if the garage door closes unexpectedly.

3

Disconnect the Garage Door Opener

side view of a garage door opener

Now that the handle has been located and everything is clear of the door, you can disengage the door opener. Those using residential jackshaft openers will first need to unlock the door lock.

Once everything is ready, grip the handle firmly and apply slow, steady pressure. Don’t jerk the handle as this can potentially damage the railings and other mechanisms, or accidentally disconnect the handle from the line.

After the opener releases, you can proceed. However, those with a T-rail may need to pull the handle in an upward direction after it has disconnected.

4

Open the Door

person pulling up a garage door to the open position

With the opener disconnected, you should be able to open the garage door manually. After it has been lifted, locate the spot where the wheels have fallen off the track

Attach a set of locking pliers onto the track underneath the door on the side that is fully on the track. This creates an emergency stop that keeps the door in place.

5

Realign the Wheels

garage door wheel

Return to the side where the wheels have jumped the track. Using a set of regular pliers, gently pry the outer edge of the track open. This gives you more space to replace the wheels.

Once you have room to work, you can begin replacing the wheels on the track. Take your time and be aware of your finger placement. Getting the wheels back in place can create a pinching hazard, so an injury is possible if your hand ends up between the bottom of the wheel and the lower track.

6

Repair the Track

person using a power drill to repair a garage door track

After the wheels are in place, you’ll need to close the track back into its original position. Using a rubber mallet, gently strike the upper portion of the track, shrinking the space in which the wheels reside until it is back to its original position.

7

Test the Door

garage door wheel and track

Now that the track has been adjusted, you can check the function of the garage door. First, remove the locking pliers, making sure that everything is clear from the door area. Then, manually raise and lower the door to ensure it operates smoothly.

If additional adjustments to the track are needed, you can either do this with the door in the closed position (if the garage door can reach that position) or use the locking pliers to make sure the door is secure while you work. Then, use regular pliers or the rubber mallet to make the needed changes.

8

Reconnect the Opener

person pushing the button of a garage door opener

In many cases, you can use the automatic door opener to secure the door to the mechanism. As it cycles, it may automatically catch, returning your garage door to its original operating state.

If that doesn’t work, refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding reattaching the door to the opener.

Conclusion

By following the steps above, you should be able to get the garage door wheel back on the track, restoring the function of your garage door and opener.

However, this process may not correct the reason the wheels disengaged in the first place. Now that everything is secure, examine the track and brackets, checking for loose screws and tightening those that require it.

Also, make sure that the cable hasn’t fallen off of the wheel, as this can cause one side to fall, leading the wheels to come out of the track.

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Questions And Answers

How long does it take to put on a new garage door?
The timing of putting on a new garage door varies. However, the average installation of a new garage door is around three hours. The larger the door, the longer it is going to take. If you only have a small garage door, it should be a bit quicker.
What kind of paint do you use for a garage door?
The type of paint that should be used for a garage door varies. If you have an aluminum door, for example, premium exterior latex paint should be used. Exterior acrylic paint should be used on the wooden garage doors.
Can you paint a vinyl garage door?
Vinyl garage doors don’t take much maintenance at all and they are quite durable. You don’t need to paint them, but you can and should. They may start fading with time. If you paint them, they will look a lot more appealing. You should use paint made for vinyl surfaces.
How much should it cost to replace garage door cable?
Most likely, if your garage door won’t stay open or doesn’t work well, it could be due to a broken cable. If this is the problem, you are probably looking at an average of $175 to replace the garage door cable.
Why is my garage door not opening?
There are many reasons why your garage door would stop opening. You may have a blocked photo-eye. The remote may be malfunctioning. The torsion spring may be broken. You may have a loose or snapped cable. The door may be off track. There are also many other possible causes.
How much does it cost to replace garage door panels?
Garage door panels range in the prices. To install a simple panel, it could be anywhere from $200 to $800 or so. That is for the door and the installation costs.
Can a garage door be repaired?
Yes, you can have a garage door repaired. Depending on what is wrong with the door you may find it cheaper to just replace the whole thing. It is also important to keep in mind that because of the springs used in the door assembly, repairing can be dangerous.
How much does it cost to paint a garage door?
Depending on where you are located, the cost of painting your garage door will run between $1.29 and 2.75 for each square foot. The cost can vary based on the type of paint that you want as well as other factors. Where you live may also have an effect.
How much does it cost to replace garage door springs?
With time, your garage door springs are going to break down. The garage door springs usually cost an average of $150 to $200. This could vary depending on where you get the garage door springs. This is considering the springs and labor to have it done.
How do you measure for a new garage door?
First, measure the widest point’s width. Then, measure the highest point’s height. Next, measure the areas near the openings for the width. Then, measure the area in between the ceiling and door opening. Finally, you will measure from the nearest obstruction and the opening in the back of the garage.
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