DIY 101: Fixing a Bent Tracks on a Garage Door

Bent tracks are one of the most common garage door problems. It’s fairly common to get something jammed in the vertical tracks – a rake or other piece of garden equipment for example. Cars can also sometimes scrape against the tracks, causing them to become bent.

Fixing this problem may require replacing the tracks outright, depending on the damage. You may be able to repair it yourself or call in a professional garage door installer.

First step is to open the garage door so it is past the seam of the vertical track and the horizontal track. This helps take pressure off the springs.

Next, clamp a pair of vice grips around the front edge of the horizontal track so they point toward the center of the door. Place another pair under the roller on the opposite end of the door.

Straighten out the bent garage door track as much as possible with the claw end of a hammer.

Next, remove the track bolts that secure the vertical track to the wall brackets using a socket wrench. Remove the bent track. It will usually be secured by a nut or a pop rivet. If it’s a pop rivet, with a 7/16-inch drill bit. Be careful not to remove the track brackets or the flag brackets from the wall.

Straighten the track with a pair of pliers or hammer. If this proves impossible, you’ll need to purchase a new track from a reputable dealer.

Reapplying the Door

The track will have a straight angle side and a curved side. When you reattach the track, you’ll want the straight side pointing towards the wall.  Secure the track to the brackets with a 1/4-inch flat-head. Make sure the bolt heads are flush to the inside of the track so that the threads protrude through the track brackets. Tighten the nuts securely in place.