The garage door track is subject to maximum wear and tear. As the part is on the upper areas of the door and out of sight, there might be some damage that causes the door track to get jammed or bend, hence obstructing the smooth movement of the garage door. Follow the simple steps below to effectively repair your door track and make it as good as new.
Tools and Materials
- Lubricating Gel
- Carpenter’s Level
- Wire Brush
Step 1 – Initial Steps
Find the track of the garage door on the ceiling near the upper frame of the door. Check if any part is broken or rusted. See if the track wheels are in proper condition. There might be something that has come in the way of the track, preventing its smooth operation. Once you locate any blockades, carefully dig it out with the head of a screwdriver. At times, dirt particles get stuck and form layers over time in the track. Use a wire brush to scrub all over the track surface. This helps in removing the track. You may wipe it clean with a wet piece of cloth for best results. Do not apply much force while cleaning as the wheels on the track could fall loose.
Step 2 – Dented Parts
See if any points on the track are having any dents on them. Place a mallet on the dented part and apply force in the outward direction, against the bent part and try straightening it up. Keep repeating this technique on all parts of the track that is having dents till it allows unrestricted movement of the wheels.
Step 3 – Track Alignment
Hang a carpenter’s level freely on the track. If the track is not positioned properly, you will know by seeing the difference in level. Locate the screws on the track and see if they have loosened up. Loose screws result in tracks becoming loose and finally appearing misplaced. Use screwdriver to tighten the screws by turning them in a clockwise direction. Make sure that the track sits at a straight, 90-degree angular level with the door frame.
Step 4 – Applying Grease
Apply some grease remover to a piece of cloth. Wipe it all over the inner parts of the door track so that any old layers of stiffened grease get removed. Clean the door track wheels as well, in the same manner. Apply some fresh lubricating gel along the track and on the wheels so that the door can move along the track without obstructions.
Step 5 – Final Steps
At times the door wheels too get stuck to the track, causing the track to get damaged. Clean the parts of the door track with a cleanser at the points where the wheels are, during the time the door remains open and also at the point where they stay, on closing the door. Put some graphite dust over the wheels so that they do not get stuck in any particular position and hit against the track resulting in damage.