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How Do I Stop My Treadmill From Jerking?

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By Simon Gould

Despite all the moving you're doing on top of the treadmill when you run the machine itself should not be moving. This includes any jerking, it should stay where it is. This is usually because the running belt is loose or not centered and is easily fixed. Here I tell you how to fix it and stop the jerking from happening

The running belt

If you get off the treadmill and lift the belt off the deck with your hands there should be about 3 to 4 inches of give. Jerking means there could be too much and the belt is slipping. Tighten the belt using the allen wrench that came with the treadmill when you bought it. By the same token if it's too tight then loosen it.

Your treadmill belt might just need to be centered. With this you use the same allen wrench and turn clockwise the roller bolt. You do this until the belt is centered and then allow the belt to run by itself a few times and you'll be able to see if it's turning without moving width ways. If you can't locate the allen wrench then a hardware store will have one you can buy.

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If the machine moves even just slightly it maybe that you have slippery floors. Use a treadmill mat to put the machine on and it should stay stable in one place. If all of the above hasn't solved the jerking problem or the treadmill is still moving violently then we would recommend you stop using it and unplug it from the outlet.

Call for a professional technician to come and have a look to see what's going on if you've tried everything. Their number can be found online or in your manual, if you explain the steps you've taken to solve the issue then the technician can perform some of his own diagnostics to see if he can find the problem.

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Simon Gould

I'm Simon Gould. I've been around treadmills my whole life. From running on them at an early age to working in treadmill dept's of national stores. I've run outside and I've run on treadmills and I prefer running on treadmills. I still run on one nearly every day and love it.



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