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Door barely opens/ opens with physical lifting assistance

Help! Chamberlain liftmaster Pro 1/2 hp door recently came off the rails, when replaced, the door barely opens (a few inches, but it will open with some physical force also lifting the door! Please help! I need to get my car out!

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It sounds like you have a broken door spring or the drive gear in the opener is stripped. You will have to take the cover off the opener and you will find the white nylon gear just in front of the motor.

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