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Maintaining Your Treadmill

Maintaining Your Treadmill

, by Joris Lans, 5 min reading time

To enjoy your treadmill for as long as possible, proper maintenance is essential. We have made an overview to tell you how to do this. Note: Before beginning maintenance, make sure that the treadmill is completely turned off by unplugging the power cord.

Clean the treadmill thoroughly after each workout

During intense workouts, you will sweat and your sweat will build up on your treadmill. It is therefore important that you thoroughly clean the treadmill after each use. Clean the training computer and the displat with a dry cloth and use a damp cloth to remove dirt and sweat. Wipe the treadmill with a dry cloth so it won't attract moisture. Make sure to place the treadmill in a dry area that's not to hot and completely free of water and moisture. Take a regular check on the parts and make sure they're still properly tightened. If that's not the case tighten the screws using an Allen Wrench or a T-wrench. An additional tip: unplug the treadmill ten minutes after a two-hour workout. This extends the treadmill's life.

Keep your treadmill free of dust

In any case we advise you to dust off your treadmill at least once a week with a dry cloth or feather duster. Dust is a great threat to the mechanics of the treadmill. Particularly the drive motor attracts lots of dust and because it accumulates in the hood and has got nowhere else to go the dust sucks in. This can cause the drive motor to falter and ultimately shut down altogether. Not what you want it to do of course. Fortunately there's an easy way to clean the drive motor so it keeps running for a long time. In the next section, we'll tell you how.

Keep the drive motor free of dust

The drive motor is located at the front of the treadmill underneath the display. With most treadmills the hood is secured with a couple of screws. You can unscrew the hood using an Allen Wrench or a T-wrench. Carefully vacuum the dust off the drive motor with a vacuum cleaner and make sure you don't touch the electronic parts, the printed circuit boards, of the drive motor to avoid them from getting damaged. Clean the drive motor this way once every two months.

Lubricate the running mat




The running mat is constantly moving during training so it's got a lot to endure. Wear and tear are lurking. You can avoid this by lubricating the running mat on a regular basis using a lubricant. Lift the running surface and spray the lubricant on both sides of the running surface. Make sure to distribute the lubricant evenly on the entire running surface so it's well-lubricated. Plug in the powercord and turn on the treadmill. Let the treadmill run a few minutes and walk on it a few minutes yourself so the lubricate distributes evenly and sufficiently on the running surface.

The regularity with which you should lubricate the treadmill depends on your usage. If you use the treadmill less than 3 hours a week lubricating the treadmill once a year suffice. If you use the treadmill three to five hours a week you have to lubricate it every six months. If you use the treadmill more than five hours a week it has to be lubricated every three months.
Watch our one-minute tutorial on the easiest way to lubricate your treadmill belt.

Make sure the running belt is properly tensioned

Tensioning the running surface requires precision. If the running surface is tensioned too tight it will tear. If the running surface is tensioned too loose it will slip because it will come to a complete stop while the rollers keep turning. This causes dangerous situations and falls. Plug the power cord and walk on the treadmill for a short while. If the running surface appears to be slipping away askew it means it's being stretched out and not tensioned tight enough.

There's a set screw on both sides of the rails at the back of the treadmill where you get on and off. These set screws can be loosened using a Allen Wrench of a T-Wrench. Turn both set screws a quarter turn to the right. Walk on the treadmill for a short while to check if the running surface no longer slips away askew. If this is still the case turn both the set screws clockwise once more. Repeat this process until the running surface no longer slips away askew. Before getting started please refer to the owner's manual to make sure this is the right procedure for your treadmill.

Make sure the running belt is properly centered

The distance between the treadmill and the running surface should be approximately between 1.96" and 2.95" on both sides. You can easily adjust the distance yourself. After a while it can happen the running surface is going to derogate too much to the left or to the right. In that case you need to center the running surface. You can do this using the set screws mentioned earlier at the rails at the back of the treadmill where you get on and off. If the running surface derogates to the right turn the set screw on the rails at the left side a quarter turn counterclockwise and the set screw at the right side of the rails a quarter turn clockwise as long as needed to get the running surface centered.

If the running belt derogates to the left turn the set screw at the left rails a quarter turn clockwise and the set screw at the right side of the rails a quarter turn counterclockwise until the running surface is neatly centered. Make sure the running surface keeps tightly tensioned so it won't get to wave. Before getting started please refer to the owner's manual to make sure this is the right procedure for your treadmill.

Watch our tutorial on How to Center Your Treadmill Belt

With this overview we hope we've been able to give you some useful tips and tricks to properly maintain your treadmill. Should you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

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