Always Read The Treadmill Owner’s Manual
No amount of treadmill belt maintenance tips can compare to what you can prevent by just reading through your treadmill owner’s manual. The manual contains all the tips and advice for your treadmill’s proper maintenance – something you can really use if you want to save yourself some costly repairs.
All maintenance procedures should be listed in the owner’s manual, along with troubleshooting guidelines, parts listings, and instructions on repairs. Damage to your treadmill from improper use or unauthorized tampering can result in the manufacturer voiding the warranty. That is why, if you are in doubt about proper handling of your treadmill, contact either your dealer or the manufacturer for recommended care.
Adjust The Treadmill Belt Properly
The best treadmills are those that provide you with easy access to belt tracking. But even the best treadmills with the most easily accessible belt tracking are also susceptible to stretch slightly under initial use. That is why it is important that you adjust the tread belt every so often to keep down stretching.
Most manufacturers include a belt adjustment tool in the package when you buy a treadmill. Use that to tighten the belt adjustment screws. If your manufacturer did not supply you with a tool to adjust the belt then contact the dealer or the manufacturer.
The screws for belt adjustment are usually located at the rear end of the treadmill. Some belts do require looser running than others so don’t be surprised if your tread belt is a little loose even when you haven’t used it yet. Check the user’s guide before making adjustments just to make sure.
Ensure Proper Treadmill Belt Alignment
The treadmill tracking adjustments may also be used to properly align the belt of your treadmill. Belt tracking adjustments are almost always minor so don’t overdo your adjustments.
Roller knocking occurs with improper belt tracking. This should be avoided at all times. If you hear a knocking noise when running your treadmill, that most often means that you have a defective roller. However, there are instances where the noise results from the belt placing too much force on the roller from side to side. You will recognize the difference between the cases in that the knocking noise in the latter will be at a much slower rhythm than roller rotation.
One way to reduce the load on the belt is proper tracking. Not only that, it will also help guide the belt and ensure that the front and rear rollers are parallel. Just follow the manufacturer’s directions on belt tracking to keep from mis-aligning or over-stretching the belt. A word of caution: be careful not to over-tighten the belt when making treadmill belt adjustments.
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