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I have a panel lift garage door which is automated. The door will travel about 10% when closing then auto reverse. The panel appears to be binding when I am unable to find out where it is binding.I have disengaged the motor and raised and lowered the door manually.It is very stiff when traversing the radius bends when i push the door up and or down.

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The door must manually open and close without binding before the Automatic portion will work. The Automated door opener is designed to close or shut off when a bind, or excessive draw on the motor is detected. This prevents the motor from burning itself out when stuck. I would disengage the motor until the door raises and lowers with ease, manually. I also recommend you have a helper when attempting to find this bind, and repairing it.

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