You might want to lubricate it.
Lubricating your treadmill will make it perform like brand new. Here’s a thorough guide on how to lubricate a treadmill.
Why learn how to lubricate a treadmill?
Your running machine must be kept in its optimal condition by applying a lubricant from time to time. Proper lubrication will reduce the friction and heat in the treadmill belt, consequently promoting longevity. Not only will you prolong the life of your treadmill belt but you’ll also be extending the life of the motor, along with all its electronics inside.
Steps on How to Lubricate a Treadmill
1. Always turn OFF your treadmill and make sure you UNPLUG it from its respective outlet.
2. Slide your hand underneath the belt starting from the motor side (usually at the front part) of the treadmill. This creates a separation between the belt and the deck, exposing what’s underneath the belt.
3. Now slide the lube tube as near to the deck center as possible.
4. Start squeezing the bottle by applying controlled pressure. Continue squeezing while moving the bottle from the center towards the edge of the belt.
5. Note: Apply only around a ½ oz of lubricant. This is equivalent to 1/8 of the bottle if the size is 4 oz.
6. Now go to the other side of the treadmill and repeat everything but this time, on the other half of the belt underside.
7. Spread the lubricant across the entire belt by plugging your treadmill and turning it on for 3 to 5 minutes.
How often should I lubricate my treadmill?
In general, it is advisable for users to lubricate their treadmills every 180 hours or 6 months of use. Otherwise, you can expect the treadmill to experience more friction which can overwork the motor.
How to choose the right lubricant
For starters, you must only purchase a lubricant recommended by the manufacturer itself. You might probably have a lubricant included in the package so you can use it. Always refer to the user’s guide on how to use the lubricant – there might be some important steps exclusive for your model so you don’t want to miss that.
If there comes the time you run out of free lubricant, you can again refer to the guide and see what lubricant brands your manufacturer suggests.
2. Must possess certain attributes
Should you want to take matters on your own hands and go on shopping, just remember these certain attributes that the best treadmill lubricant must have:
- Must be colorless
- Must contain NO harmful solvents
3. Easy to use
The lubricant should be easy to use. This means its bottle must be specially designed not to spill.
If you want to make sure about how often you should do this maintenance, always check your user’s manual, visit your manufacturer’s website for online manuals, or simply calling their customer hotline.
Learning how to lubricate a treadmill is pretty straightforward. With the right knowledge, you won’t be needing professionals to do the maintenance job for you.