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Upgrading Your Garage Door Rollers

by Matthew Fields

As most anyone who owns an automatic garage door opener knows, they tend become more and more noisy with age. The good news is that much of this noise is caused by the rollers located along the outer edges of the door. By replacing old rollers with new ones, you can greatly reduce the amount of noise being generated by your door. If you would like to learn more about completing this upgrade on your own, read on. This article will take you through the process from beginning to end.


The most important thing you will need are some new rollers. The majority of garage doors contain six rollers--three on each side--but it's a good idea to double check, since some doors have more than this. Likely your existing rollers have metal roller heads. When purchasing your replacements, give serious thought to buying nylon ones instead. Nylon rollers produce much less noise; in addition, they are free from the threat of rust, which commonly afflicts metal rollers.

You will also need a few basic tools to complete the upgrade. Be sure you have a couple of work clamps, some heavy-duty pliers, a pry bar, and a screwdriver. 

Preliminary Work

Begin by opening your door fully. Now put a clamp on the track at end of the door. Position the clamp so that it is located about halfway up the vertical portion of the track. These clamps will protect you in the event that the door comes crashing down during your repair.

Now pull the rope dangling down from the electric door opener. This will act to separate the door from the opener. That way you can manually adjust the position of the door. Last, be sure to unplug the door opener from its electrical outlet. This is a safety measure to keep the opener from causing any problems should anybody hit the open/close button by accident.

Track Adjustment

Now it's time to get down to business. You are going to use your pliers to gently bend the edge of one track outward just enough to slide the nearest roller out of place. The best place to bend open the track is right at the top of the straight portion--in other words, where it meets the curving portion that leads up to the opener. Make the bend on the inside wall of the track.

Manually adjust your door its first roller is located within the bent area. Use your screwdriver to help push the roller out through the bent portion of the track. Repeat this procedure on the opposite side, then adjust the door height to do the same with the remaining sets of rollers. Once this is done, all you have to do is reverse the process, slipping the new rollers into place. Finish by carefully bending the track back into positio