How do I Fix The Noise in a Nordic Track 990?

Clean the Incline Ramp

    Unplug the NordicTrack machine.

    Take a soft cloth and place a small amount of mild detergent on the cloth so you can thoroughly clean the rails of the incline ramp. Dust and dirt can inhibit the ramp from operating smoothly. Refrain from spraying a liquid cleaner on the rail or using abrasives or solvents, especially if you want to clean the rest of the machine.

    Start at the top of one of the sides of the incline ramp and wipe out the rails and anywhere else that the wheels make contact during use. Be sure to get all dust, dirt or anything that might have spilled onto the ramp.

    Get a new cloth or use a clean area and clean the other incline ramp.

Calibrate the Ramp

    Plug in the machine if it's not already. Press the "Target Toning Workouts" button to calibrate the ramp and ensure that it works properly and evenly. Hold down the button for a few seconds until you see the display read "Calibration mode." This button is located on the bottom left-hand corner of the console.

    Press the "Target Toning Workouts" button one time to select the calibration process. Press either the "One Step Power Ramp +" or "-" buttons on the bottom of the display. This will cause the ramp to move as it begins to calibrate itself.

    Press the "Target Toning Workouts" button one last time after the ramp becomes still. The ramp will stop moving when it has finished calibrating. Pressing the button gets you out of calibration mode on the display.

Level the Elliptical Trainer

    Inspect the leveling feet on the rear stabilizer of the elliptical. Note if both sides are not flush to the floor. Unplug the machine if they are not flush to the floor.

    Turn the leveling feet on one side or both with your hand until they are fully in contact with the floor so the machine will not make noise and tilt sideways during workouts.

    Plug in the machine. Use the machine as normal and listen for any noises. Clean and calibrate the ramp again if there is noise but the machine doesn't rock, and adjust the leveling feet again if the elliptical wavers.


  • Call NordicTrack or send an e-mail to its customer service department if your 990 still makes noise.

Things Needed

  • Cloth
  • Mild detergent

About the Author

Sarka-Jonae Miller has been a freelance writer and editor since 2003. She was a personal trainer for four years with certifications from AFAA and NASM. Miller also worked at 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness and as a mobile trainer. Her career in the fitness industry begin in 2000 as a martial arts, yoga and group exercise instructor. She graduated cum laude from Syracuse University.