How to Repair a Garage Door Cable

There are several reasons why garage doors cable repairs do come up. In case of damages, professionals could be hired and it could be a do-it-yourself project.

In the instance of a garage door cable repair, you have two choices– do-it-yourself or hire a professional due to safety concerns. Whatever your choice, you will need to do the following:

  • Before hiring a company to do the job, check out their credentials
  • Analyze the number of hours the job will require to complete
  • Consider whether you should do the garage door cable repairs yourself, because of the money you will save.

 If you choose to do-it-yourself, using this guide will be best for you. Even if you decide to hire a professional, this guide may still help you be more aware of the process.

Some of the major materials and tools required are:

  • A good hammer
  • Clamps
  • rags
  • socket set
  • safety glasses
  • pliers
  • a cordless drill (fully charged)
  • bottom brackets
  • lift cables
  • adjustable wrench

Steps In Garage Door Cable Replacement


The steps are as follows:

  • Lock down the door. This will involve clamping the door to the track. It is the most basic step as it ensures the safety of the remaining process. It will prevent the door from moving unexpectedly and causing damage while working on the cable
  • Loosen the unbroken spring. On this task, winding bars are used. Here you shove a winding bar into the good spring through the winding cone. Then you loosen the two screws but hold the bar while doing such. As the screws are released, the spring will push.
  • Unwind the unbroken spring. In this process, two winding bars are used. At the 9:00 position, the second bar is inserted. Remove the bottom bar and unwind the spring a quarter turn at a time. Then in that process, the winding bars will be leapfrogging with each turn.
  • Springs disconnection from the Center bracket. This will involve removal of nuts and bolts. These nuts are the ones that fasten the stationary spring cones to the brackets. Then slide the springs towards the end brackets.
  • Secure the torsion tube. This is done using locking pliers. To avoid disconnection, snap the locking pliers to the Center bracket then loosen the set screws on both left and right then snap it to the center bracket then loosen the set screws in the left and right lift cables so the cables could be disconnected.
  • Remove the old spring. You must replace the old spring with a new one.
  • Install left spring. Reassemble every other dismantled material and insert the new spring.
  • Install a new Center bearing by connecting the stationary cones back to the bracket.

Additionally, rusted parts has to be replaced. Some of these parts are bottom brackets, rollers and lift cables.

  • Thread the candles by anchoring the cable in the slot
  • Tighten the drums by equalling tension on both sides.
  • Wind, stretch and lubricate the strings.

Remember, only garage door lubricant can be used. In garage door cable repair, safety is essential for the full job completion.

If you decide to do-it-yourself, ensure that you are taking all safety measures, such as wearing safety glasses and following all instructions carefully.  If you do the job carefully you will get a great feeling of accomplishment knowing you saved a lot of money and the job was done right.