How to Replace Garage Door Cable

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Find out how to replace garage door cable systems to get your door back to working properly.

 

Safety First

Before beginning to attempt any repairs on your garage door Cables, keep safety in mind. Garage doors Cables are responsible for holding the entire garage door and function as an essential safety mechanism. Get another person to help you with the door or consider getting professional assistance if you don’t feel comfortable with taking on the task alone.

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Find the Cause of the Problem

You don’t want to jump right into your project before determining what is actually wrong with the garage door. If the cable isn’t actually broken, but is actually just disconnected, it can be fixed. If this is the case, open the door and reattached the cable and be sure to put it over the pulleys. Be sure to check for damage while reattaching the cable. If the cable is worn, it should be replaced to prevent further issues. If the cable is broken or showing signs of wear and damage, it should be replaced using the following steps.

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Get Your Supplies

When you’re ready to start getting to work, you’ll want to get all of the supplies that you’ll need for the job. You’ll need vice grips, a wrench, a flathead screwdriver, scissors, and a ladder to get to the cable in addition to the new cable.

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Remove the Old Cable

To remove the old cable, manually lift the garage door a few feet off of the ground. Put one vice grip on each of the tracks to stop the door from dropping when you let go of it. This will allow you to work on the door while it stays in place. Use your screwdriver to remove the wire from the brackets. Then, use the wrench to loosen the bolts. Keep the bolts in place, but loosen them until you are able to remove the wire.

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 Install the New Cable

Use scissors to remove wrapping from the new cable. Unroll the wire then take your new wire and put it into the position of the old wire. After securing it in the bracket, run it along the garage door. Wind it over the drum and slide it into the slot. Again, use your wrench to tighten the bolts and keep the wire in place.

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Finishing the Installation

When the cable is in place, be sure that the garage door is working properly. Remove the vice grips from the door’s tracks. As you bring the garage door down, you should be able to feel the tension of the wire as it guides the door down. Try opening and closing the door a few times to be sure that all of the pieces are working properly and that the door is staying on the tracks.

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