How to Lubricate NordicTrack Machines

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NordicTrack makes several types of exercise machines, including ellipticals, ski machines, treadmills and exercise bikes. These machines need to be properly maintained after purchase, and all of them except the bikes may require lubrication for their maintenance. Lubrication reduces friction, which can cause a machine to wear out prematurely. Owners should follow the maintenance instructions in the machine's manual to prevent damage and keep their exercise equipment functioning properly.

Treadmills and Incline Trainers

The walking belt on both the NordicTrack incline trainer and treadmill may begin to stick over time, but both machines' belts can be fixed with a tube of NordicTrack belt lubricant. First, unplug the machine and align the walking belt seam to rest just over the rear roller. Lift the edge of one side of the walking belt, then apply one quarter of the lubricant, creating a zigzag pattern down the length of the walking platform 1 to 2 inches from the edge of the belt. Move to the other side of the treadmill belt and do the same. Press down on the walking belt, transferring the lubricant onto the walking belt from the platform. Pull the belt until the seam sits just over the front roller, then use the remaining lubricant to create two more zigzag patterns down each side of the walking platform again. Plug the machine back in and turn it on to let it run by itself for a few minutes to finish the process.

Elliptical Machines

A NordicTrack elliptical will sometimes begin to squeak as its being used, indicating that the machine needs to be cleaned or lubricated. Start by removing any visible debris from the wheels and track, using a 100-percent cotton cloth. Try using the machine again to see if this resolved the issue. If not, then apply a small amount of silicone-based lubricant to just the track, which works to reduce the amount of friction that's created between the wheels and the track. It is recommended by NordicTrack that you clean your elliptical weekly with a mild cleaner and check for debris on the wheels and track while doing so.

Exercise Bikes

NordicTrack exercise bikes need to be maintained and cleaned regularly to keep them running well. Use a small amount of mild soap with a damp cloth to wipe down the bike, including the handlebar, seat, seat handle, accessory tray and pedals. A NordicTrack bike does not need lubrication, but the drive belt may need to be adjusted periodically if the belt begins to slip when you pedal. To adjust this belt, unplug the machine and remove the right pedal, along with the right front shield and shield cover. Follow the instructions that came with your bike to loosen or tighten each of the various hex screws, which will tighten the belt. Then, reattach the front shield, cover and pedal.

Ski Machines

A NordicTrack ski machine needs to be inspected every three months and lubricated as needed. Inspect the leather resistance pad, found just under the pulley, every three months to see if it has dried out. This pad needs to remain lubricated so it can do its job of providing a smooth braking action. Lightly oil the pulley's thrust washer with a light household oil. Loosen the pulley resistance knob, lift up the pulley and use a file to roughen up the surface of the resistance pad. Then, apply one to two drops of light household oil to the pad. Dab up any excess oil that remains around the pad and tighten the resistance knob. The front and rear roller axles should also be lubricated if they begin to squeak. To do this, simply apply one drop of light household oil to the axles on each side of the rollers, then spin them to distribute the oil.