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Garage door cables keep coming off.

One of the cables came off my garage door. This lead to hours of me avoiding tensioning the spring, and much swearing. Finally this morning, I bucked up my courage, released the spring and started from scratch.

I got both cables set up with equal tension, tensioned the spring, and opened the door. BOTH cables came off on the spot. How can this be?

Am I wrong in thinking that cable alignment is critical here? When I reset the drums last night, I didn't pay much attention to where I put them on the shaft. Given that the cable is supposed to roll up precisely on the drum, the drums position on the shaft has to be correct so that the cable doesn't slip out of the groves on the drum and lose tension, yes?

I'm about 10 minutes from calling someone and writing a check. I hate dealing with garage doors.....
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After much swearing , up and down on a step stool 100 times, and a buckled garage door I finally called someone and wrote the check. I love my new garage door. Air tight and quiet.
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Write the check.
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Fixed it. I was right. Cable tension is important, but cable alignment is also critical. The cable has to roll up on that drum perfectly. It can be un-nerving tensioning the spring, but I took the time to go get a couple large eye bolts that fit perfectly in the holes on the tesioning colar. Boo ya!
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PS: I promise to dig this thread up tomorrow when the door breaks loose and comes down on the hood of my 997
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......but I took the time to go get a couple large eye bolts that fit perfectly in the holes on the tesioning colar. Boo ya!
??? you had to add eye bolts as guides? post a pic, something doesn't sound right...
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Yeah, I went to Lowe's and bought a couple long steel rods (18") to adjust the tension on my door.
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Side springs?

The bearings in your pulleys might be bad too.
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