DIY Garage Door Repair: How to Fix Tracks Out of Alignment

If your garage door track is out of alignment, it can cause the door to bind or scrape against rubber molding. It can also push the door to come off track if not fixed. Realigning the track is a fairly simple DIY home repair job that can be done in an afternoon.

If Door is Stuck in Tracks

First, start by loosening the track screws with a screw driver, especially if the door is stuck in the tracks. Next, gently tap the track with a rubber mallet (to avoid denting the frame) and move it into the correct position. Use a level to ensure the track is straight up as well as properly horizontal.

Once the track is in its proper alignment, re-tighten the screws so the track is snug in place.

Start over and repeat the process on the other track.

If Tracks Rub Against Stop Molding

If the tracks are rubbing against the stop molding, loosen the bolts with a wrench. Move the garage door tracks that have come out of alignment to the left or the right, leaving a quarter inch gap between the door and the stop molding. Repeat for the other side.

If you still have a problem, feel free to give us a call, anytime of the day or night. We offer 24 hour emergency garage door service to the Sacramento and Greater Roseville areas.

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