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Re: My bowflex tc5000 will not calibrate
Check the speed sensor and make sure it is no farther than a credit card away from the drive pully. Unplug unit Located...remove left and right rear covers and back cover. 3 screws in each and 4 screws in back. Follow 2 black wires up to drive belt pulley under back of left treadle. slide sensor in with cc between it and the pully. Recalibrate
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If you're running the machine on a dedicated circuit then your unit is drawing too much current. This can be caused by friction and drag. Solution: Lube deck/belt. If problem persists, replace deck/belt. If you ignore this fix this will blow your controller. .
Nice machine! I use WD 40 on my machine. It comes with a small tube attached to the can that lets you get into joints and bearings easily. Keep the can handy if you work out regularly..it keeps it quiet and smooth!
Recalibrate the machine if speed is not registering, belts stop turning or the display readout shows an "err, LS, OS" on the face. Calibrate the Bowflex TreadClimber 5300 by plugging it in. Stand on the foot platforms, or floor mat. Do not stand on the walking belt. Insert the safety key. Press the "start" key when "CAL/PRSS/STRT" shows on the readout. If readout fails to show the "CAL/PRSS/STRT" symbol, turn off machine and turn it back on. Press "ENTER" and then "DOWN SPEED" at the same time until "CAL/PRSS/STRT" shows up on the display. Belts will start and stop during the calibration; do not be alarmed. Do not make any adjustments or interrupt the display of numbers as the unit goes through the calibrations. When the machine is finished calibrating, the readout will display "CAL...PASS" and you can press the "POWER" key to get out of the calibration section sincerely.
AT FIRST YOU MUST REMOVE COVER AND SEE CAREFULLY TO FIND SENSORS SOME SENSORS ARE PHOTO SENSOR AND GET ON DUST AND CAN NOT GOOD WORK THEN BETTER THIS IS YOU CLEAN DUST VERY VERY GOOD PERHAPS SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM.
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The motor must move the drive pulley for calibration to pass. remove rear covers and check drive belt. you should hear the lwr board relay click to engage the motor. if you hear it and the motor does not move and you have checked the belt then you need to test the motor. Typically remove the belt and turn by hand...it should be very smooth and spin freely. If not replace the motor. Direct 9 volts to the motor leads unplugged from the board will tell you if the motor is good. be careful as capacitors are present and risk of shock is always possible. capacitors stay charged for about 10 mins after unit is unplugged
Had my TC5000 for a year and this is the first time this happened. I use it everyday. Googled "Bowflex Teadclimber error codes" and found this link download.dfxi.com/supportdocs/AM/Bowflex/BFX_TC135_AM_2008.pdf which is a pdf manual.
I'm going to try this fix now, hope it works for you and me
Here's what it says for ERR LS:
Belts stop turning and “err LS”
or “err OS” is displayed
Calibration Re-calibrate machine using Owner’s Manual
Speed sensor 1. Cycle power off and on.
2. Put the machine in calibration mode (see Calibration
procedure in Owner’s Manual) but do not
start the calibration routine.
3. Remove right rear plastic cover to view LED
diagnostics on control board.
Caution: Machine is on. Current is active!!
4. Locate LED D on the motor controller board.
LED may be lit or unlit.
5. Manually advance the treadle with your foot,
and check if LED D is blinking.
6. If LED D is not blinking, then the speed sensor
is not supplying a signal. Check that the speed
sensor wire is plugged into the motor controller
board, to the connection labeled “P1”. Check
connection of speed sensor to jumper wire.
Check speed sensor adjustment (use business
card to set gap between sensor and pulley). If
LED D still does not flash replace sensor.
I/O cables If LED D is flashing when the belts are turning
but err LS or OS persists check connections and
for signs of visible damage to any of the three I/O
cables. If no damage, check continuity using a
multi-meter. If a multi-meter is not available contact
customer service for replacement cables
and further assistance.
Hi ddmyatt.. They sell what is call dry lube at sports store's. for spraying under the tread's and on the wheels that the tread run's on.. Lift the tread and spray as far under it as you can on both side's. She'll be lot's quieter then before and lots easier on the motor too..