Is your garage door off track and refusing to budge? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of fixing a garage door that has derailed. With the right tools, a little patience, and our expert instructions, you’ll have your garage door back on track in no time.

Before we begin, it’s important to emphasize the significance of safety. Make sure to wear protective gear such as gloves and safety glasses throughout the repair process. Now, let’s dive into the steps:

Step 1: Disconnect the power and secure the door Before starting any repairs, disconnect the power to the garage door opener to avoid any accidents. Then, secure the door in its current position using locking pliers or C-clamps.

Step 2: Assess the situation Examine the tracks, rollers, and other components to identify the cause of the derailment. Look for any loose bolts, damaged rollers, or obstructions that might have caused the issue.

Step 3: Reset the rollers Using a pair of pliers or a wrench, loosen the bolts holding the roller brackets in place. Gently realign the rollers within the track, ensuring they are sitting securely. Tighten the bolts back up to hold the rollers in position.

Step 4: Straighten the track Inspect the track for any bends or twists. If you notice any deformities, use a rubber mallet or a block of wood and a hammer to gently tap the track back into alignment. Be cautious not to use excessive force, as it could cause further damage.

Step 5: Lubricate the rollers and tracks Apply a silicone-based lubricant to the rollers and tracks to ensure smooth operation. This will reduce friction and prevent future issues.

Step 6: Test the door Once you’ve completed the above steps, slowly and carefully remove the locking pliers or C-clamps to allow the door to move freely. Test the door’s operation by opening and closing it a few times to ensure it is back on track and functioning properly.

Remember, if at any point you feel uncomfortable or unsure about performing the repair yourself, it’s best to consult a professional garage door technician. Your safety is of utmost importance.

By following this step-by-step guide, you can save time and money by fixing a garage door that has gone off track on your own. Enjoy the satisfaction of a smoothly operating garage door and the convenience it brings to your daily life.

So, roll up your sleeves, gather your tools, and let’s get that garage door back on track!


Ready to fix your off-track garage door? Reach out to Carlson Garage Doors to regain control of your garage door’s functionality and convenience. Give us a call today!