How to align garage door opener cradle with garage door cradle?

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Old 08-02-16, 11:43 AM
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How to align garage door opener cradle with garage door cradle?

With my garage doors, they are linked with the garage door opener with the typical cradle. However, it is very stiff, so stiff in fact that when they click together (after a wrestling match with it) it pushes the shaft for the opener up about half an inch. I'd like to release that stress from the garage door opener shaft.

When I release the door with the red handle, the cradles separate about 1/2" or so. Which is shown in the picture below. I'd like to move the cradle on the right (with the red arrow pointing down on it) about 1/2" to the left to meet with the cradle attaching to the garage door.


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This is how it looks like when they're attached and crazy stiff. The pivot at the garage door is so stiff you can't move it with your hands. I fear this will have negative effects on my opener.

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Old 08-02-16, 01:30 PM
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All you need to do is adjust the down travel of the opener/cradle. Adjustment should be on the opener.
 
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Perfect, it worked. Didn't ever think of that.

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Old 08-02-16, 02:46 PM
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You might also want to lengthen the yoke by removing the 2 bolts on the 2 piece yoke... slide the trolley back a little bit, then reconnect the yoke using different holes so that its a little longer, moving the trolley back a few inches.
 
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You might also want to lengthen the yoke by removing the 2 bolts on the 2 piece yoke... slide the trolley back a little bit, then reconnect the yoke using different holes so that its a little longer, moving the trolley back a few inches.
That's certainly an option but the advantage of having it nearly vertical like this is that it makes it much harder to force the door open. Move it back on the track some makes it much easier to pry the door up and push the opener back down its track. This way it basically locked itself into place when it fully closed.
 
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Old 08-05-16, 08:05 PM
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The only reason I mention it is that most openers suggest the trolley be slid back slightly before attaching the arm. Yours looks to be too close to vertical... which can put a lot of upward stress on the horizontal bar as the door closes... but we obviously can't tell from just a picture.

For instance, notice figures 3 through 5 on page 14 of this sample installation:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...Ehvr6Az9ZjfX1A
 
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Old 08-05-16, 08:29 PM
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push the opener back down its track
Most openers I've worked on were gear driven making it impossible to force the trolley.
 
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