A treadmill is the best indoor exercising machine that has to be incorporate into your daily routine. One should take proper care and regular maintenance to make it work effectively. Lubrication is an important step that ensures smooth functioning and let you use it unimpeded.
Regular lubrication of the treadmill belt will prevent it from wear and tear caused due to excessive friction. Most of the treadmill manufacturers recommend lubricating their treadmill belt once every 3 – 6 months, depending on how often the user uses the machine. Always remember that using the wrong type of lubricant will damage the belt rather than protecting it.
What are the best lubricants for the treadmill?
The manufacturer of your treadmill will recommend a list of lubricants to use on their walking belt. In general, there are two types of lubricates available for treadmill lubrication.
1. Silicone – A synthetic substance that offers various uses, including lubrication. It is recommended by most of the fitness equipment manufacturers to lubricate the walking belt on a treadmill. Silicone is available in a spray and liquid form.
2. Teflon – A Silicone-based lubricant, which is a registered trademark of the DuPont company. It provides extra protection against water, friction, high temperatures.
Verdict: Many treadmill manufacturers recommend 100% silicone lubricants for lubricating the treadmill belts. Whereas, the Teflon is used to lubricate other parts of treadmill. But make sure to check with your manual or manufacturer to know the correct type of lube.
How to Lubricate the Treadmill Belt:
To keep your treadmill work well without many repairs over time, you have to lubricate the belt regularly. Here is the step-by-step procedure of lubricating your treadmill belt.
- Power off the treadmill by unplugging it from a power outlet.
- Place towels all along the edges of the treadmill and also keep a few handy to wipe off excess lubricant.
- To get underneath the treadmill belt, you have to loosen the screws by using a screwdriver.
- Create a separation between belt and deck, by sliding your hand underneath the belt at the front of the treadmill.
- In case, if you’re using a lube oil piping, then slide the lube tube close to the center of the treadmill deck. Gently squeeze the silicone bottle and move the applicator slowly from the center towards the edge of the belt. One has to apply ½ – 1 oz to the underside of belt.
- If you are using a spray, then pull the belt away from the deck and insert the silicone spray nozzle underneath the belt. Spray the silicone on the center of the belt. Spray up and down of 1 oz silicone lubricant on both sides of the walking belt.
- Then try to lubricate on the opposite side of the belt in the same manner.
- Move it to coat the whole belt and deck with a thin layer of gel. Or else the opposite side of the machine won’t be coated properly.
- While lubricating the running belt, make sure to place the treadmill on a surface, which is easy to clean.
- After completing the lubrication process, wipe off any excess silicone/ lubricant from the sides or top of the belt and frame of your treadmill before turning it on to prevent any accidental slip.
- Tighten the sides by replacing the screws to their original position.
- Finally, plug in the treadmill to run the belt for about 3 – 5 minutes around 3 miles per hour. This will disperse the lubricant evenly on the treadmill belt.
- For best results, lubricate the treadmill once in every 3 months.
- Wipe the treadmill down occasionally after using to remove all dirt, sweat, and other debris from belt, console and painted parts. Thus, it keeps the treadmill dry and clean.
Items to use for Lubrication:
Here is the list of items used to lubricate your treadmill belt.
- Silicone lubricant gel
- Spray bottle
- Towel / rag
Do I need to lubricate my treadmill?
Yes, the moving parts generally create friction. The higher the amount of friction, the harder will be the machine to move. Thus, it makes every individual component work hard to move the machine.
The purpose of lubrication is to reduce the friction (between the belt and deck surface) and disperse heat. It will make the system to run smoothly and efficiently for a longer time by reducing the wear on its parts.
Is lack of lubrication damage the components of a treadmill?
Yes, it will wear them prematurely due to increased friction load. The treadmill components like belt & deck, front and rear rollers, drive motor, various electric components (wiring, circuit breaker, power switch), motor control board, and also has higher electric consumption.
How much lubricant should I apply?
It depends on the type of machine, its usage and the lubricant. In general, squeeze out about 1/2 ounce of silicone with a nozzle on each side of the deck, especially under those wear marks from shoes. Won’t allow any lube to land on any exposed surfaces. In case, if anything happens, then clean it immediately to avoid the risk of injury.
How often shall we lubricate the treadmill?
It completely depends on your treadmill usage. A few high-end models offer internal timers or odometers that let you know when to lube your treadmill after several hours or miles covered. Or else, touch the deck surface under the belt, where you feel a slightly oily or waxy coat of lube. In case, if you can’t feel a residue left. Then it’s time to lubricate your treadmill. In general, experts suggest to lubricate a treadmill once in every 3 – 4 months.
Shall we use WD 40 Silicone on the treadmill?
No. Using any petroleum-based lubricant/chemical like WD-40 on your treadmill will deteriorate the surface and thus results in premature wear and tear. We suggest you use appropriate lubricant, which is recommended by its manufacturer.
Always use proper lubricant recommended by your manufacturer at a scheduled time not only to ensure its perfect working but also to enhance its long lifetime. Feel free to share your queries with us in the below comment section.
Happy Walking and Running on your Treadmill.