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Garage Door Opener Repair 101: Replacing the Main Drive Gear

Does your garage door opener make a grinding noise but doesn’t move at all? Chances are, your main drive gear has bit the bullet. This is the plastic gear that comes in direct contact with the worm drive gear on the motor. It’s one of the most common garage door opener repair problems there is.

It can be a complicated repair, but not impossible to do yourself. Several components will need to be removed to get at the gear. You’ll need to get a replacement gear set.

Start by unplugging the motor. Remove retaining screws from the cover. Shine the flashlight directly at the gear set. If the gears have screwed up teeth, you can likely just replace them to solve the problem. If not, your opener might simply be shot and you’ll need a new one. Write down the make, model and serial number of your opener, which you can find on the back of the opener.

100% Guaranteed Local Garage Door Installation

Then call Sac’s Garage Door Repair, any time of the day or night. We’ll be happy to help. We offer competitive rates in garage door installation to the Sacramento area. Our services are 100% guaranteed. Our technicians are courteous and professional. We’ll let you know if the unit needs outright replacement or if we can simply repair the gears for a cheaper alternative.

DIY Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Your garage door is the largest moving piece of equipment in your home. It weighs hundreds of pounds and goes up and down literally thousands of times a year. While we don’t usually give them much thought, there are several DIY maintenance jobs your garage door should get every year to keep it in fine and safe working order. Examine all sockets from time to time and tighten up anything loose with a wrench. Test the garage door balance occasionally by releasing it from the opener, raising it halfway and see if it stays even. Lubricate all moving parts every once in a while with a spray lubricant.

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