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Old 08-15-2013, 11:56 AM   #16
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The latch is in that trolley that the cable is hooked to. Again, you need to readjust the trolley, that it is not at a almost vertical position, is why you are having difficulty with it.


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Old 08-15-2013, 01:33 PM   #17
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Please reread the post from mriamfixit.

The problem is the arm that connects the opener to the door. When the door is closed the vertical part of the arm is too far forward and wedges the door closed. When the door is closed, the arm should have a slight angle.

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Holy Toledo, Dan, thank you very much,
I adjusted the arm in 75 degree in \_ shape linking the garage to the screw drive shaft. It works! Now I can pull the door up and down manually after unlatch the drive shaft.

Thank you guys for the powerful use of DIY char forum.
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the connecting arm that connects to the door is travelling too far.when you lift the door it is pushing the arm straight up to the ceiling. this is good to keep out crooks, but to open the door you have to physically start the trolley back toward the motor with your hand or the chain or two people. its not easy. extending the j bar and adjusting the limit switch would be the right answer. but the opener can be back pedaled with gradual force. it will not lock. old genies do not have a way to lock the engine closed. as the windings wear out the opener can be forced open. you are very secure now, but with the power out you will have to start the trolley back toward the motor manually. once it is started it will go unassisted but the initial force coming off the floor must be pulled backward on the trolley a little.
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You are basically screwed when this happens. This is what happened to all great civilizations in the past-the Mayans, the Sumerians, the Romans, everyone. They got to a certain point of development, then they couldn't get their garage doors open anymore and eventually stopped reproducing and then died off completely.
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i didnt see that you already fixed it but the solution i described and the solution you followed were the correct ones. i didnt see there was two pages of replies. i too learned something from this. glad to see it was a simple fix. not all door problems are easy. You might wipe all the grease off the alluminum portion nof the rail and locate some genie lube (lubriplate aero) and regrease the steel threads of the screw. older operators like that one start chattering pretty loudly if the threads are not greased from time to time.


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