Regularly lubricating a treadmill is the key to ensuring that it stays in good shape and does not suffer from wear and tear while it’s still new. Ideally, you should use a good treadmill lubricant every 6 months to 1 year, depending on your usage. A good rule of thumb is to keep the servicing scheduled after every 150 miles that your machine completes. Ensuring that it is services and lubricated at these regular intervals will ensure that it runs efficiently and quietly; if your treadmill’s belt is making too much noise or if you can feel the friction between the belt and the deck, chances are you’ve ignored the maintenance for too long.
The process of lubrication is quite simple, and doesn’t take more than a few minutes. While it is advised to let a professional do the servicing if you aren’t familiar with it, you can easily perform the lubrication yourself after you’ve observed it once or twice. All you need to do is to purchase a good greasing product, preferably a 100% silicone treadmill belt lubricant. This is the only primary investment needed in the entire process.
Here are the steps to help you efficiently lubricate your treadmill by yourself.
Things You Will Need:
- Treadmill lubricant
- A screwdriver
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cleaning rag or washcloth
- Turn off your treadmill and make sure the cord is unplugged. This safety precaution is extremely important.
- Use the screwdriver and remove the screws on both sides. These will help you lift the belt. Then, lift both sides of the belt so that you can easily reach the deck. The belt should be high enough for you to be able to peek under it to the other side.
- Using one hand to lift the belt from one side, and alternate this between the two sides of the belt to spray lubricant along both sides of the deck. A good treadmill lubricant will come with a nozzle, so you can insert it under the belt and reach the central area of the deck. Wipe off any that comes down the sides onto the floor. Use a cleaning rag or washcloth with rubbing alcohol on it to remove excess grease from the frame and the top of the belt; the consistency will make it difficult to remove it without alcohol.
- Lower the belt back onto the deck and tighten the screws.
- Plug the treadmill, turn it on and walk on it on a very slow speed, 1-3 mph, for 4-5 minutes. This will let the lubricant evenly spread out under the belt and cover the entire surface. Towards the end of five minutes, you should be able to feel the belt getting smoother and less noisy, if it was noisy before.
To make sure you get the most out of the servicing process, repeat it with a good treadmill belt lubricant six months later. In between, make sure you regularly wipe the belt clean and keep it free from dirt.