Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster Torsion Springs

Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster torsion springs are located inside the the shaft about 10 inches above your garage door. While we do not recommend that you replace a standard torsion system with a TorqueMaster system by Wayne Dalton, we do sell replacement springs to the do-it-yourselfer. If you already have the system, it is a easier and more cost effective to replace your torquemaster springs than it is to convert to a standard torsion spring system.

Determine What TorqueMaster Torsion Springs You Need:

Learn About TorqueMaster Torsion Springs:

Introduction to TorqueMaster Torsion Springs

Wayne Dalton's TorqueMaster spring system uses unique hardware. The track radius is smaller than on most other doors, the cable drums are smaller, and the shaft has a unique shape. The torsion springs, instead of sliding over the shaft, fit inside the shaft.

What is the cycle life?
The cycle life of a spring is a rating of how many times you can open and close the garage door before the spring breaks. When you open the door then close it, you take one cycle away from its life.
Because the springs have a smaller mean diameter, they need to be longer to match the lift of a spring. To keep the springs from being too long, however, Wayne Dalton uses smaller wire sizes. Springs with smaller wire sizes typically have a shorter cycle life.

Another contributing factor to the cycle life of a torsion spring is the moment arm - the distance from the center of the spring to the point where the cable peels off the drum. Wayne Dalton uses a cable drum with a smaller diameter (roughly 2" as opposed to 4" on standard spring systems), which means that the torsion springs do not need to be as strong.

But when you decrease the drum diameter, you also increase the number of turns that are applied to the spring. The length of cable that needs to wrap around the drum needs be approximately the height of the garage door. To get the proper cable length to wrap around the drum, you need more turns on the spring. More turns on a torsion spring reduces its cycle life.

Despite all the negatives, TorqueMaster springs do have some advantages. If you have two springs on your garage door, there is a winding unit at each end. You can use a drill with a socket extension to wind and unwind your torsion springs. This feature makes the TorqueMaster springs much safer for do-it-yourselfers to install, adjust and replace than the springs in the standard torsion spring system.

If you only have one TorqueMaster spring on your garage door, it is on the right side of your door when you are looking from inside. The winding unit will also be on the right side.

TorqueMaster springs have a special cones on each end. The winding cone connects to the gears in the winding unit. The stationary cone fits inside the shaft and has the same corner as the shaft.

When you wind your torsion spring, the gears turn the winding cone. When the spring is fully wound, the stationary cone wants to twist the shaft and the winding unit. Since the winding unit does not allow the winding cone to turn, the spring remains stationary.

When your opener lifts the garage door, the spring helps the door up. The spring twists the shaft, which pulls upward on the cables. With the help of the opener, the garage door can open. When the door is fully open, the springs only have about a turn or two left, which is enough to keep the door from falling.

Determine What TorqueMaster Torsion Springs You Need

In order to find the springs that will best match your garage door, you will need to make a few simple measurements. You may need to have someone help you for one part of the process.

Measure your Garage Door

The first measurement you need to make are your garage door dimensions. We will need to know the height of your door (the distance from the floor to the top of the door) and the width of your door (the distance from the right to the left side).

We will also need to know how many springs are on your door. If you have a winding unit on the left side of your garage door, you have two TorqueMaster springs. Otherwise you just have one.

The next measurement may be a little more difficult. We need to know the weight of your garage door. The shaft on most TorqueMaster systems has the door weight printed on a label. If you see this label, the weight listed should be accurate.

If you have this label, we suggest that you verify the door weight. If you do not have a label or cannot read it, you will have to weigh your garage door. You will need an analog bathroom scale - digital scales tend to be less accurate. Start by disengaging the opener. Lift the garage door a few inches off the ground the slide your scale under the center of the door.

Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster One Spring
Pictured above is a standard TorqueMaster spring. These springs are wound with a drill.
If you have trouble lifting the garage door or cannot lift it yourself, have someone help you. Do not try to use the opener to help you lift the door, as you may damage the opener or the door. Let the door rest on the bathroom scale.

Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster Plus
Pictured above is the newer TorqueMaster Plus system. These springs are wound with a wrench.
If you have two TorqueMaster springs on your garage door, note how many turns are on the unbroken spring, and unwind it using an electric drill. Stop when you get to zero.

Now shake the door to make sure that the rollers are loose in the tracks. Read the door weight off of the scale. If you need to continue to operate the garage door manually, you can wind your unbroken spring back to the number of turns it originally had.

The final check is to see if you have a TorqueMaster Plus system. If your torsion springs were installed prior to 1997, you have standard TorqueMaster springs. If your garage door is newer, you may have the TorqueMaster Plus system.

Replace One Spring or Both of the Springs?

If you have two TorqueMaster springs on your garage door, you should replace both of them. In most situations, the spring that broke used up all of its cycles. This means that the other spring is also running low on cycles and will likely break in the near future.

By replacing both TorqueMaster springs, you will save yourself time - replacing both springs at the same time is faster than replacing each spring individually. Replacing both springs will also save on shipping costs.

How to Order

Once you have measured your garage door, you can fill out the form below. This will give you a spring or a pair of springs that will work with your garage door.

After you measure and order your springs, you should see if you'll need any new hardware for your Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster system on our Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster Parts page.

Door Width: Door Height: Door Weight: Number of Springs:

Select the door width that is equal to or just under your door width.

Select your door height from the menu above.
Enter your door weight.

Select the number of springs that are on your garage door.

Note: The spring options given are based on original door weights. Hurricane bracing, decorative hardware, and other additions to the door may alter the door weight, rendering the suggested springs unuseable.

Once you find the price for your spring or springs, you can order from our shopping cart or contact us with one of the following sets of information to place the order.

Spring Information (as listed on the tube):

  • Length
  • Wire Size
  • Inside diameter
  • TorqueMaster or TorqueMaster Plus system

Door Model Number:

  • Door model number
  • Door width and height
  • TorqueMaster or TorqueMaster Plus system

Door Weight (or use the form above):

  • Door Weight
  • Door width and height
  • TorqueMaster or TorqueMaster Plus system

If you did not use our form above, you can contact us with the information listed in one of the options above to place your order. If you did use the form above, you can order online with the shopping cart or contact us to place your order.