Lubricating Your Treadmill
By Simon Gould
When you buy a treadmill for your home it is a large investment sometimes costing thousands of dollars. It's great that you can exercise in the home and you may do it regularly. If this is the case and to protect your investment you need to make sure your treadmill is properly maintained, and that includes lubrication of the belt.
What lubricant to use
Lubricants you may have in your home are usually WD-40 or other greasy materials. What you need to have are silicone based lubricants for a treadmill belt. Proper treadmill lubricants* are available from Amazon for a cheap price and these are exactly what you need for most treadmills you can buy.
You may want to check with the manufacturer in case they make or have a lubricant especially for their products. The reason is that you want to make sure a manufacturer has no excuse to invalidate a warranty and the wrong lubricant or one that they haven't made may just do that. It doesn't take long to find out and the cost is low.
How to lubricate the belt
Turn off the treadmill and unplug the power cord. You need to loosen the belt in order to apply/squirt lubricant between the deck and belt. Hopefully you've kept the manual of your treadmill because this will show you exactly what to do to loosen the belt of your particular make of treadmill. There are usually screws on each side of the belt that you loosen.
Lift the belt so you can apply the lubricant below it. Squirt or spray it along the whole of the width of the belt and make sure you wipe any excess so as to not stain your floor. Applying it along the width means that when you start the treadmill the lubricant will travel to all parts of the deck and motor where it's needed. Before you start it, tighten the belt using the original screws you used to loosen it.
When the screws are tightened once more, plug in and turn on the treadmill. Then allow the belt to run for 3 minutes at 3 mph. When it's done you're finished with this part of the maintenance! Remember to do this every 6 months or 150 miles which ever is sooner. It's best to do it slightly too often than too little as too much friction on the belt wears down the motor as it has to work harder.
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