“If you have concerns about your ability to safely
complete any of these repairs, please hire a professional.”
Garage door hinge repair often includes replacement of the bottom Lift Bracket and Top Roller Carrier. Additional steps are necessary to replace either bracket. Step One of hinge replacement shows you how to select the proper replacement hinge. Step Two through Step Ten show you how to replace garage door hinges.
The following steps deal with Lift Bracket and Top Roller Carrier (Top Bracket) replacement. Please pay close attention to safety tips as you complete these steps.
The lift bracket and bottom roller assembly is attached to the garage door lift cable, so the cable tension must be released BEFORE removing the lift bracket. If the bolts are removed from the lift bracket while the lift cable is under tension, the results can be injurious or even deadly.
The best way to remove tension from the lift cable is to raise the door to its open position and lock the door in position with a set of securely fastened locking pliers or with a C-clamp secured to the door track under the door or to a block of wood under the door. You may also put an appropriate length of 2 X 4 or 2 X 6 material under the door to keep it in the open position.
Even with the door raised, it is still a good idea to clamp the lift cable before removing the lift bracket bolts. This will relieve the tension on the lift cable where it attaches to the lift bracket. With the lift cable slack and secured to the door track, disconnect the lift cable from the lift bracket. Your lift cable may be attached with a loop around the “stud” on the lift bracket, or with an “S” hook attached to a metal loop on the bracket.
If you have an extension spring lifting your garage door and you completely remove the lift cable, be sure to notice the path your cable takes when running from the extension spring pulley, over the stationary pulley near the top of the garage door and to the lift bracket.
Remove and replace the lift bracket and roller assembly using garage door hinge repairStep Four through Step Ten previously described. Be sure to tighten all of the nuts. After replacing the damaged or worn parts, reattach the lift cable, remove the clamp, locking pliers, 2 X 4, etc., holding the door open.
With the garage door opener still unplugged and detached from the door, test the door for proper operation. When you are satisfied with the smooth operation of the door, reattach the garage door opener and plug it in. You are done!
Close and lock your garage door and unplug the garage door opener (if you have one). With your garage door completely closed and locked, remove and replace the top roller carrier (bracket) using garage door hinge repair Step Four through Step Ten previously described. Be sure to tighten all of the nuts.
After tightening all of the nuts, and with the garage door opener still unplugged and detached from the door, unlock the door and test it for proper operation. If your garage door does not close tightly at the top, you may need to adjust the position of the new top roller carrier to resolve this issue.
When you are satisfied with the smooth operation of the door, reattach the garage door opener and plug it in. You are done!
Go to Step One of hinge replacement showing you how to SELECT the proper replacement hinge
Go to Step Two through Step Ten showing you how to REPLACE garage door hinges