I have had numerous customers ask me about noisy end bearings on their Garage Door system. What they are finding is that the end plate bearings are either very noisy, leaving rusty dust on the floor, worn loose on the tube shaft or even seized completely. If your bearings are old and worn down they can cause your torque tube to not rotate as designed, your cables may pop off and cause excessive stress on your garage door parts including hinges, rollers, springs and maybe even your new Liftmaster opener.

Your end plates are easily replaced,it is usually best to replace them when you have to do a spring repair because you will already have your door components apart at that time,but you can still easily replace them at any time needed without complications.

We will show you a quick and easy way to replace them in just a short time.It is possible to just replace the bearing in the end plate but for the sake of purchasing specialized tools we recommend to replace the bearing and plate together.

First open your garage door all the way up with your opener. You will find the opener will hold your door up and their will be little tension left on the torsion springs. Now make sure to unplug the opener before proceeding any farther and place a set of vice grips on the track under the bottom roller at the end bracket.

Check and make sure your new replacement end bearing plate is a similar and suitable part, they do not need to be identical as plates vary but just make sure that it will be able to replace the old part.

Garage Door Bearing ReplacementI like to use a Dewalt impact driver to remove the top lag screws that secure the bearing plate to the wall or header, there may be one or two screws you need to remove. Next take your socket and wrench and just loosen the bottom nuts and bolts that secure the plate to the bottom angle bracket. Then just lightly tap the end plate so it’s a bit loose and nor remove the bolts and nuts. You may need to pull the tube shaft toward you to fully loosen the plate and the shaft may sag as well. Now slide the end plate off, you may need to spray some lubricant to free it sometimes I need to file the end of the shaft as well to slide off the bearing. A little hammer tapping may be in order as well sometimes they slide off easily and sometimes they are difficult.

Once the plate is off clean the end of the shaft and make sure it is in good condition to to slide on the new part. A little oil on the tube helps do this. There are right and left end plates so make sure you put on the proper paper on the correct side.

Once slid on align the plate on the shaft where the old one was and lag screw it partially into the header, keeping the plate square loosely put the bolts and nuts together finger tight. Before proceeding check to make sure the cable is correctly on the drum and on the bottom door bracket. Once everything is in its proper place finish tightening the lag screw and nuts and bolts.

Repeat the process for the other side of your garage door. 

Make sure all the cables are on the drums properly and all fasteners are tight. Now you should disengage your garage door from the opener draw bar and close the door manually to make sure everything is working properly. 

While you are doing this project I would also do a few other things to extend the life of your garage door. I recommend you lubricate your rollers with a quality door lubricant. Plus give the door track some lube as it makes the door quieter and reduces friction prolonging the lifespan of your door. You should check and adjust your operator chain or belt. If you have a chain spray the chain with your door lubricant as well. Check all your cables for frays and wear spots. Make sure all hinges are in good shape and not sloppy, if hinges and rollers are worn and loose they need replaced. Clean your safety sensors, making sure the eyes are free from dust, dirt and spider webs.