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We have an Elite two leaf swinging gate system. Recently it

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started acting up to where...
We have an Elite two leaf swinging gate system. Recently it started acting up to where it will only partially open. Sometimes if the rewet button is pushed it will open completely, but usually not. It has gotten to the point where I have to unlock the arms and move the gates manually. Can you give me some idea of what might be happening and what I might do to fix it? I am a 71 year old woman, on a fixed income with some electrical knowledge but not much strength. I could probably fix a minor electrical problem MUCH easier than opening and shutting the gate manually. If necessary I can call on a friend who is an electrician. I would like to avoid an expensive service call. The operating system is probably close to 15 +years old-WAY OUT of warranty. Thanks for your rapid reply.
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
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Often a problem like this can be repaired with lubrucation and or adjustment to the linkage
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
1: check all joints for proper fit and loose or broken hardware
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
2: lubricate all moving parts on the linkage and gate with WD 40 or a similar product.
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
3: check that none of the linkage is bent or loose.
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
4: check joints and pivot points for rust. Clean and replace as needed
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
5: check that gate does not sag ,( loose suppqort
poles or brace
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
Another cause can be low
power ( voltage)
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
1: check voltage at source for proper level.
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
2: check wiring for bad wire, worn insulation
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
3: check all electrical connections ( should be tight and dry.
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
4: check the motor wiring connections
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
Sometimes the motor can be bad.
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
1: check for obvious defects , bad or burned odor
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
2: check the brushes in the motor ( should unscrew without taking the motor apart , one on each side
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
3: take the linkage loose from the motor and see if it spins freely
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
4: if not sure if the motor is good disconnect from gate and take to repair shop
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
I will be glad to answer any questions you may have
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
Most of this you can do by yourself or with the help of your friend
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
You will need some mechanics and electricians tools
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
One can of WD 40 should be enough to do the job.
Heavier connections like the gate ends may need grease
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Home Improvement Expert: Machinc, General Contractor replied 1 year ago
http://m.lowes.com/pd/WD-40-12-oz-Smart-Straw-HS/50111398
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