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My garage door opener moves about 8" then reverses direction before touching the limits

I have a 3/4 horse Craftsman opener that will only move the door up about 8 inches then back to the original location. I have disconnected the chain to rule out jamming with no change. The limit switches are not even touched when the door changes direction. Anyone have any ideas?

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Remove the cover and take a look at the drive gear. It is white nylon and is just in front of the motor. It is most likely stripped. You can purchase a new one at Sears or any good door opener company. It comes with instructions.

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