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Nordictrack Elliptical ramp motor only goes up

Ramp only goes up and will not stop running. I have tried calibrating but this didn't work. Magnetic switch seems to be working I checked for continuity. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance, Ron (586) 850-5435

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Dear Sir:
Some different things. 1)Not signal from the console 2) damaged cable or tight 3)the console itself has failed 4) motor control board failed by worn deck 5) the motor may in short. 6) potentiometer geared adjust and lubricate.7) fail or the gearing can slip, giving the console false information
8) Adjust the speed sensor see the diagram attached..9) RUN again the calibration software under the Hood of the motor for easy diagnose and troubleshooting. Any way attached my own block diagram for easy diagnose.
sincerely. God bless you.

ernesto cuadra
managua, nicaragua. c.a.
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