DIY 101: Fixing Bent Tracks on a Garage Door

Bent tracks are the number one garage door problem we get repair requests for, hands down. That’s understandable considering how much stuff gets packed into a garage — rakes, brooms, garden equipment. It’s easy for something to get snagged and bend a track as the door is coming down

Once the track is bent, it’s tempting to keep using it. This is a big mistake. This makes what could easily be a very affordable repair become a bill for several hundred dollars. We suggest you call us as soon as you see a problem. Fortunately, we do emergency garage door repair for the Roseville and Greater Sacramento areas. We are available for housecalls 24/7, including holidays and weekends.

DIY Garage Door Repair: Fixing a Bent Track

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.