Posted September 21st, 2018 at 5:22 pm by Dan Musick
When a cable breaks, the first symptom is usually a crooked garage door. Rusty and frayed cables are usually the cause. However, it can also happen if one of the cables comes off one of the drums.
Garage door cables often fray just under the cable drum because of the rough grooves in the drum.
Sometimes the cables fray closer to the bottom of the door. Occasionally, the cable may fray at the top, but the broken strand loosens at the other end of the cable.
Cables also fray and rust because of salt. With the door in the open position, a screwdriver removes the bottom of this rusty cable. Similar as we show in our “How to Replace Your Garage Door Cables” video.
Sometimes what appears to be a broken cable is actually a broken bottom fixture as we see here where the attaching pin has broken off the bottom fixture.
Therefore, rusty and frayed cables can occur for many different reasons. However, it is important to try to keep them from happening in the first place.