How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

Let’s give a big round of applause and a thank you to Jeff from Home Repair Tutor for his tutorial on Changing Your Garage Door Extension Springs.

Today I’ll help you learn how to replace your garage door rollers! After that, with a little maintenance, your garage doors should continue to operate smoothly for a while.

Materials:

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

  • New Garage Door Rollers
  • Clamp
  • Pliers
  • Large flat head screwdriver
  • Prybar
  • A Helper

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers Instructions:

Start by opening  your garage door completely.

Place a clamp on to the track about 2/3 of the way up the door opening.

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

Release the garage door from the power opener by pulling on the attached release rope.

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

For added safety, unplug the garage door opener from the outlet.

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

Near the top of the track use pliers to bend the track slightly open.

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

Line up the first roller with the opening. Use the flathead screwdriver and wedge it between the roller and the track. Pry the roller out of the track.

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

Remove the old roller.

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

Slide a new roller in and insert the roller back into the track.

Roll the door down to the next roller and repeat the same process for removing and replacing the rollers.

When you have replaced the bottom 4 rollers, you’ll realize that you won’t be able to replace the top one because it won’t line up with the opening in the track. Bend the track back into alignment and then roll the door all the way open.

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

Bend a section of track in the middle of the overhead section.

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

Be sure to have your helper spot the door or it could slip from the track and bonk you on the head. (Home Repair Tutor shows how to use a 2×4 clamped to the track to support the door if you don’t have a helper available. He also has a different method for replacing the rollers, so be sure to watch his video.)

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

(Oh yes, this did happen to me! I got knocked hard enough to have me down for the count, but I got right back up and kept right on swinging.)

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

Pry the last roller out and replace it. Use your pliers to bend the track back into shape.

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

Remove the clamp from the track. Plug the door opener back in. Re-attach the door to the garage door opener by pressing the button that controls the operation of your door (usually on the wall of your garage.) The door should automatically re-attach to the opener.

Close the door and watch for any misalignment of the track.

If you need to adjust the tracks, loosen the bolts on the side of the track and re-align the track. I used a prybar to give a little leverage to move the track small increments.

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

Tighten all the bolts. While you are at it, make sure all screws and bolts on the garage and the tracks are tightened because the vibration of the door can usually shake things loose over time.

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

And that’s it folks!

For more maintenance tips on keeping your garage in tip top shape, check out Home Repair Tutor’s post on garage door maintenance.

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers



 

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  1. Bob S.
    Bob S. says:

    This is a great guide, the track bending method much quicker than brackets removal, and you can’t remove bottom some extra work and safety clamps.

    I would recommend to replace with high quality Sealed Z bearing nylon rollers, instead of the cheap metal or nylon rollers that don’t have bearings. These days you are looking at a $10-$15 price difference on Amazon for a set of 10 and you will never have to replace the rollers again.

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