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by Jeff Patterson in Garage

How do you replace garage door rollers?

You might be asking yourself this question when your roll up garage door starts to sound like R2D2 from Star Wars (Yes, I’m a Star Wars geek). R2D2 only squeaks when danger calls and your garage door does the same thing.

Rollers are your garage door’s Michelin tires. The door isn’t going anywhere if the rollers are in bad shape.

Fortunately, replacing rollers on roll up garage doors is an easy project you can do with $8.00 (Hey, that’s cheaper than a movie ticket!)

I made a few mistakes while doing this task over the weekend and that’s why I wanted to share the tips in this post.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Replacement Nylon Garage Door Rollers ($8.00)
  • C-Clamps x 3 ($9.00)
  • Socket Wrench ($14.97)
  • Scrap Piece of 2 x 4 (Free)
  • Step Ladder (Free, call the neighbor)
  • Light Saber (Not sure how much they cost)

As usual there will be two short videos within this post. If you don’t do anything else I recommend watching the videos because there are several ideas you’ll need in order to make this fix easy as pie (I’ve never understood this expression because pie is hard to make but maybe it’s making reference to eating pie, which as it turns out is super simple to accomplish).

Let’s do it 🙂

Safety First with Roll Up Garage Doors

Follow these steps to safely work on your roll up garage door:

  1. Place the door in the up position and put a step ladder under it (this takes tension out of the springs)
  2. Place C-Clamps on the garage door track below the last roller (prevents the door from falling on your head)
  3. Unplug the garage door opener (stops others from pushing a button and closing the door on your fingers)
  4. Disengage the door from the track by pulling down on the manual safety release (allows the door to move freely)
Here are some pictures for reference. It is was sunny in Pittsburgh on the day I did this project so the pictures turned out good 🙂
Replace Garage Door Rollers-Put a Step Ladder Under the Door
Replace Garage Door Rollers-Place C Clamps on the Track
Replace Garage Door Rollers-Unplug the Garage Door Opener
Replace Garage Door Rollers-Disengage the garage door from the rail

With that said I made a video showing you how to do this and it shares some tips that will come in handy. Let’s just say I learned a valuable lesson when all the rollers fell out of the bracket and I wasn’t sure which slot to put them back into. Plus you’ll get to see me in full ‘Movember’ glory with my 25 day old moustache 😉

 

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Garage Door Rollers Are Easy to Replace BUT You’ll Need Elbow Grease

With your door safely in place you can start the process of removing the bracket in order to replace the garage door rollers.

Here’s the second video that explains how to do this. I share one SUPER important tip you’ll need if you’re replacing the top rollers.

 

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As you can see from the video and the pictures garage door rollers can be simple to remove. But in case my method doesn’t work for you I’ve found two other resources that I think can be of great help.

My friend Brittany over at www.prettyhandygirl.com has a similar tutorial on how to replace garage door rollers but she demonstrates a different method. Click this link for the details http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/2012/08/how-to-replace-garage-door-rollers.html

And these guys made good videos you should view if your door is a bit different than mine. They also show you how to replace a garage door roller on the bottom bracket. They have a TON of great resources on all things garage door related. Click on this link for the info http://ddmgaragedoors.com/diy-instructions/

And finally, if you want to keep your roll up garage door safe I highly suggest this post http://hrtllc.wpengine.com/garage-door-maintenance/

I hope you picked up some useful garage door tips from this post. If you have good ideas to share please add them to the comment section below because I’ve learned a lot from my fans and want to keep the ball rolling if you know what I mean.

Until next time, make it a great day.

Jeff Patterson

 

 

 

 

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17 Comments
  1. Oooo, good tip on the 2×4″ clamped block. And thanks for linking. I’ll be linking to yours as well ;-).

    1. Thanks Brittany. I always do a ‘dry-run’ before videotaping and the first time around the door kept dropping just enough to irritate the heck out of me. The tip came from the directions that came with the rollers, haha.

      So the lesson for me is to always read the directions first-typical guy, right!

  2. This is an extremely well put together post with great pictures and video. Fixing a garage door depending on the project can be a daunting task, but here with the rollers you did a great job highlighting key points. It also looks like you have done a fair amount of research before jumping in so that is also great. The reason I highlight these points is because normally I would suggest using professionals to repair garage doors as they are large, heavy, and can cause serious injury if not treated right while repairing them. There are also usually going to be warranties on the work done for piece of mind to the owner. Here you show good knowledge of what you are doing and how to be safe.

    1. Thanks Kevin, I really appreciate your kind words.

      Garage doors can be very dangerous. I remember getting my finger caught in one when I was 12 and it was painful.

      Now that I have two young daughters safety is a top priority. So regular maintenance and safety checks are a must.

  3. Michael says:

    Jeff, this is fantastic! It is amazing how much new rollers can quiet a noisy garage door, not to mention extend it’s life by reducing wear and tear on the tracks and opener!

    I work for a company that installs garage doors in Columbia SC. We post helpful how to’s like this on our blog. Do you mind if I link to your tutorial?

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks Michael for your comment and linking to my tutorial.

      Rollers, even though they’re small, can make a huge difference in garage door performance.

      I checked out your company website and found some good tips for homeowners who want to keep their garage doors safe. Any info that prevents injuries and provides peace of mind is great stuff 🙂

  4. Kyle says:

    Hey Jeff very good videos and tips! I really like how you are looking out to the safety of your audience along with getting the project done. If it is ok, I like to link to this page to show DIYers that there is more than one way to do most everything.
    We like to use a 13 ball bearing seal roller that has a white nylon tire. The seal keeps our dirt and grit out of the bearing races for long life. The bearing is packed in grease for minimal maintenance (just lubing the stems of the roller where it goes into the roller carrier of the hinge)
    Great job and good info
    Thanks!

    1. Thanks Kyle, totally feel free to link up anything you think is helpful. If you have any extra tips please don’t hesitate to add them. Hope you’re having a fantastic day!!

  5. Garage door rollers, or wheels, can be an integral part of how safe, smooth and quiet your door on your garage will operates. Rollers will wear out in time. So, the rollers on your overhead door will need to be replaced.

  6. Garage doors says:

    Nice presentation! I can’t wait to have it checked properly in my garage to ensure that safety measures are properly implemented.

  7. Jim Smith says:

    About the only thing wrong with your article is that the rollers you picture are Everbilt rollers, which are total junk. Yea, they can be had for less than 8 bucks, but you’ll be buying them more often. I’ve never had one of these rollers last more than a year, with most failing within 6 months.

    1. Thanks Jim for your feedback. I’ve been using these rollers for several years but maybe I got lucky.

      Do you have a brand that you like better?

    2. Mike says:

      Exactly right Jim, the Chinese junk should be named “Worst Everbilt”. Homedepot stopped carrying Everilt steel ones, all the reviews of them were 1 star, (cuz you can’t give a zero). I have some originals in my door that are loose but still working after 30 years. I used an Everbilt once because I was in a time pinch. Fool me once… It lasted less than a year. Look for “HARDENED RACES” (Usually separate outer/inner pieces press fit into/onto the roller/stem) and 9 or 10 balls when buying a replacement roller.

  8. Cloud says:

    Your video links appear to be broken (confirmed in IE/Edge/Chrome). Would love to watch them as your explanation is great.

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