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How do you remove the 81-244 Pella roller from the door?

A handy person from Florida says:
Am I correct in assuming the Pella flanged roller is press fitted. Any tips on removal?
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Donna from SWISCO responded:
Here is a guide on two different roller removal procedures from Pella. Sorry about the quality of the images (they were originally faxed over and then fixed up by our graphics department). FYI: here is another discussion that describes a similar procedure for a different Pella roller.


Procedure 1 of removing the 81-244 Pella sliding door roller.
Procedure 2 of removing the 81-244 Pella sliding door roller.
Removing the old roller
  1. Remove the vent panel and set it in a secure position to prevent damage to the panel.
  2. Remove the plastic caps from the adjusting holes located at the bottom of the vent panel.
  3. Using a #2 x 8" long phillips head screwdriver, turn the roller adjustment screw clockwise until the screw head clears the adjusting hole.
  4. Procedure A Lock a long-nosed Vise-Grip® on the pin which connects the inner and outer housing. Hook the Vise-Grip® with a claw hammer and pry with the hammer as though pulling a nail (see image A).
  5. Procedure B Lock a standard Vise-Grip® on the roller axle. Hook the Vise-Grip® with the hammer claw and pry with the hammer as though you were pulling a nail (see image B).
Installing the new roller
  1. Insert a new roller and housing by driving the housing into the bottom rail with a hammer (on the housing, not the roller!). Take care not to damage the roller or axle.
  2. Reinstall the vent panel.
  3. Test operation and adjust the roller height accordingly.
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