How To Adjust Your Garage Door Tracks

Adjusting your garage door tracks is a process that involves a series of steps to ensure that your garage door operates smoothly and safely. Misaligned tracks can cause the door to not open or close properly, and in some cases, it can even lead to the door coming off its tracks. Before you start, make sure you have the right tools on hand including a ladder, pliers, wrenches, and a level.

How To Adjust Your Garage Door Tracks

Step 1: Safety First

Before attempting any adjustments, ensure that your garage door is in the closed position and disconnect the opener (if you have one) by pulling the emergency release cord.

Step 2: Loosen the Tracks

Using a wrench, loosen the bolts that hold the tracks to the garage door frame. Don’t remove them completely, just enough so that the tracks can be moved.

Step 3: Align the Tracks

Check the alignment of the tracks using a level. The vertical parts of the track should be exactly plumb, and the horizontal sections should slant slightly towards the back of the garage.

Step 4: Tighten the Bolts

Once you’ve aligned the tracks, retighten the bolts to secure the tracks in place. Make sure not to over-tighten, as this can warp the tracks.

Step 5: Check the Rollers

Inspect the rollers to ensure they move freely within the tracks. If they are worn or damaged, consider replacing them.

Step 6: Test the Door

Manually lift the door halfway up and let go. It should stay in place. If it falls, you may need to adjust the spring tension.

Step 7: Lubricate the Tracks

After adjustments, lubricate the tracks and the rollers to ensure smooth operation.

Detailed Adjustment Table

Here is a detailed table to guide you through the adjustment process:

Step Task Tools Needed Details
1 Ensure Safety None Close door and disconnect opener.
2 Loosen Track Bolts Wrench Loosen bolts on the tracks slightly for adjustment.
3 Align Tracks Level Use level to adjust tracks to proper alignment.
4 Tighten Bolts Wrench Secure the tracks by retightening the bolts.
5 Check Rollers None Inspect and replace if necessary.
6 Test Door Stability None Door should remain in place when lifted halfway.
7 Lubricate Lubricant Apply lubricant to tracks and rollers.

Remember, regular maintenance, including track adjustments, can significantly extend the life of your garage door.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I adjust my garage door tracks?

It’s wise to inspect and adjust your garage door tracks annually. If you notice the door isn’t opening or closing smoothly, check the alignment right away.

What are the signs that my garage door tracks need adjustment?

Signs include the door not closing evenly, unusual noises, the door sticking or jamming, and visible misalignment or bending of the tracks.

Can I adjust the tracks on my garage door by myself?

Yes, with basic DIY skills and tools, you can adjust the tracks. However, if you’re uncomfortable or if it involves the springs or cables, professional help is recommended.

What should I do if my garage door still has issues after adjusting the tracks?

If problems persist, the issue may be with other components like the springs, opener, or rollers. In such cases, it’s best to contact a professional.


Adjusting your garage door tracks is a key aspect of maintenance that ensures your door functions properly. With the detailed steps and table provided, you’re well-equipped to handle this task. Remember to perform regular maintenance, and if you encounter any issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to Legion Garage Doors. We offer expertise in everything from emergency repairs to routine check-ups, ensuring your garage door operates flawlessly.

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