How to Open a Garage Door That Has a Broken Spring

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Things You'll Need

  • Two 6-foot step ladders

  • Two pry bars

  • Helper

  • Two pairs of vice grips


Do not open the garage door unless it is necessary. Garage doors are heavy and without a spring load they can cause injury if they fall.

Never rely on a door opener to open the door with a broken spring.

A garage door that has a broken spring has nothing to support its weight. The size of the door and the type of spring system determines how difficult opening the door will be. A garage door should not be opened until the spring is repaired. However, when you need to get your car out of the garage, it may be necessary if you cannot wait for the repairman. Use extreme care when opening a garage door in this manner.


Step 1

Position a 6-foot step ladder at each side of the garage door. Have a friend on one side of the door and you on the other side.

Step 2

Insert each pry bar under the corner of the door between the door and the floor. Pull up on the pry bars to allow you and your helper to grab the door underneath with your hands.

Step 3

Lift the door up together, maintaining an equal balance, until the door is fully open. Clamp a pair of vice grips under each side on the track directly below the bottom roller.


Step 4

Position each ladder under the garage door on each end. Grasp the door and remove the vice grips. Gradually lower the door to rest on the step ladders. For added security, place vice grips on the track underneath the bottom rollers.


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Kenneth Crawford

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.