Garage Doors

Hey, I’m Kyle with DIY Garage Door of Parts and I’m here to show you what a broke torsion spring looks like. If you happen to walk into your garage and you hit the button and it won’t open, be sure the first thing to do is check up here and see the gap up here that is a sure sign that you’ve got a broke spring. In order to make this repair we need the few tools that are necessary not to get hurt or anything like that and just make everything go smooth. First off we need our winding bars. This is what we will wind the spring up to put the proper tension on it whenever we’re finished, but first we will have to take the tension of the second spring.

Vice grips are really good for keeping the torsion bar from falling out midways through the project.

On your wrenches, nine-sixteenths, half inch sometimes you’ll need and seven-sixteenths. If you do have a square head or eight point socket you can use that and it is a three-eighths. For safety reasons we got to remember that the second spring on the garage door has tension still on it. So, you want to be sure to get the tension off and do it safely. You want to have safety glasses and you want to be sure to have your winding bars in the spring, the tone of the spring before you loosen any sensors. Okay, so the first step that we’re going to do to release this tension and before we can take the other spring off, we need to take a winding bar and place it in one of the holes in the tone of the spring.

If you’ve got the eight point or four point socket that’s a three-eighth size, use it or you can use a seven-sixteenths wrench and that will work too. Then you’ve got to realize that there is going to be pressure as soon as you release these keys on the springs.

What you’re going to do now is take your other winding bar and you’re going to release the pressure one quarter turn at a time until there’s no more tension.

Okay, next after we’ve got the spring tension off we’re going to release the bolts here and the center that holds the stationary kind of on the spring. You’re going to take, it’s usually your nine-sixteenths wrench, sometimes it’ll be a half-inch wrench.

After you separate them I always like to [protect] your vice grips and clamp it on here so it’ll keep the torsion shaft from falling out when you take the springs off. It’ll just save you a lot of headache by doing this now. Okay, so we’re going to loosen the keys up on your broke spring. You’ll slide it down and then you’re going to go to the ends and you’re going to loosen the keys up on your drums. Go ahead and take your cable out and you can kind of wrap it around the track so it doesn’t fall.

Slide the drum down and go to your other side and loosen the keys on the other drum. Go ahead and slide the torsion shaft over. Take your drum off then slide the first spring off. Now that we have the (?) bars cleared out go ahead and get your new spring and you want to make sure it has the black paint on it.

That is a left hand line spring and we’re going to go ahead and put it on. We’re going to put your drum back on and slide it back into your end bin. Then we’re going to go to the other side and take the other old spring off. Also if you’ve got plastic center bearing in here, these are only rated for 10,000 cycles.

So, the only way to change those is to take the springs off. It’s not a bad idea to go ahead and change that. I like to use a commercial steal center bearing because it’s rated at a lot higher cycle rating. What it does is it keeps this torsion shaft from rubbing your center bracket from cutting it in two. You want to make sure you put the spring back on the exact way you took it off. On this side, it’s going to have red paint. This is going to be your right hand wind spring. Go ahead and put the torsion bar back in your center bearing or your inner bearing plates.

Then you’re going to come back here to…

and put your bolts back. Another good way to tell that you have the left hand wind and right hand wind springs correct is you can see that the wire is coming up over the top of the spring and pointing at you on both springs. That’s how you know if it’s coming from the under side then you it’s the wrong way. I’ve seen them mislabel the springs with the red and the black, so it’s good to check that before you start putting tension on them and you get it wrong.

All right, now that we got the springs bolted up to your center bracket, on a seven foot door you’re going to put somewhere around like 30 turns give or take a quarter turn. On an eight foot talk door you’re going to put like 32 to 34. Usually around 34 though. Every time you push the winding bar up that’s considered what I’m calling a turn, so it’s a quarter turn. You can also count. If you lose count or anything you can count your stencils here too.

So, you got one, two, three, four and a half turn there. So, that’s times four. That’ll be like 18 turns right there. Okay. Once you get your last turn get your door [?] in there. You’re going to tighten down the set keys. You don’t have to torque them down and once the key hits the torsion bar you’re only going to tie it to maybe like 30 quarters of your turn.

Then you’re going to go down to one of the hands with the drums. You’re going to take the cable, put it in the slot in the drum and go ahead and wind your cable back up. Then you tighten your Again, you don’t need a whole lot of tension on this. You need maybe like three quarters of a turn once it gets the torsion shaft and do the same thing on the other side. Okay, so you can set it in the, your cable in the slot.

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Okay, and then just wind it in the correct groove there. And lift up with your other bar. Take your winding bar that was propped in the center and now you’re going to go over to the other spring that’s not wound up. You now have tension on both cables, so it should be lifting approximately half the door weight. Put the same number of turns that you did on the other spring. After you’ve got your winding bar taken out, pull the cord on your opener and you need to test the balance of the door. It should be real easy to lift and I’ve got it set a little hot. It’ll still balance right here. When I say hot, kind of wants to have a tendency to go up a little on its own. That’s good because the springs will break in and after a month or so it’ll be perfect.

Hope you found this video informative and helps you with any problems you might have on changing your torsion springs out. If you’ve ordered from us, feel free to drop us an email if you have trouble or feel free to give us a call. We’ll be glad to help you out.