How to Keep a Sliding Shower Door in its Tracks

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Is that sliding shower door giving you a workout? Jumping the track is a problem with some less-expensive or older doors. Maybe one of these simple ideas will help smooth the action, keep things on track and leave the hard work for the gym.

Things You'll Need

  • Lubricating Oils
  • Screwdriver Sets
  • Check the rail (or track as some people or manufactures call it). The rail could be fouled with some kind of debris. (Some manufacturers provide a lubricant that is applied at installation.) This lubricant can collect grime over time, causing problems with door movement.

  • Use a grease-cleaning product to fix this problem.

  • Fixing corrosion may require replacement of the rail section or the entire door.

  • Check the rollers themselves - sliding the door can also be hampered by problems with the rollers. Check to see whether the roller may need a drop of lubricant on its axle. Years of use can cause worn spots on the surface of the rollers, making the door difficult to move.

  • See whether adjusting the track cover that comes with some models stops the problem.

  • Consider replacing the entire unit - this may be the best option to get rid of an older or inferior product.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some rollers are made to be replaced, others may require replacement of roller and mounting bracket assembly.

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