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When running, belt feels like it gets caught or slides off track.

When I run at 4.5 or 5.0 the belt feels at times more often than wanting, tend to slide out of place or feels like its getting caught. It's really scary when running and feels like im about to bailout because of the sliding or caught feeling it gives.

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Sounds like the belt is loose. To tighten the belt, start by locating the two bolts that adjust the rear roller (one on each side of the unit in the back). Run the unit at about 3 mph. Tighten the bolts a 1/4 turn at a time. Make sure that what you do to one side, you MUST do to the other side or the belt will get off center. After you tighten it 1/4 turn, check the belt to see if it is still slipping. If it is then tighten the belt 1/4 turn again. Continue until the belt does not slip, but do not tighten the bolts more than 2 full turns.

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I have a summit 4500. the belt is off center to the left side and I have use all the adjustment and the belt doesn't move

Good day.
The belt can go off track for a number of reasons. If you say you've used all the adjustment and the belt doesn't move. To me this could mean that the belt either doesn't rotate or it is not moving to the center (centre), or to the right. I presume you mean it doesn't return to the center. But since you have said you've used all the adjustments, that also means that you have actually removed the plastic guards off to have done the supposed adjustments needed to make the belt track back in the center. So, here is the confusing part. Depending on which plastic guards you removed to do the supposed adjustments, normally the belt tracking bolts are at the foot of the treadmill. Stand on the treadmill, looking at the Instrument panel, the foot of the treadmill is behind you. There are two hex type adjusting bolts, one on each side. Now if the belt pulls left, you don't tension the left adjusting bolt, which would stretch the belt and make the treadmill labour worse. A belt that pulls sideways now but not when it was new, shows that the treadmill belt had been neglected. Instead, try slackening the right adjusting bolt to loosen the tension of the belt. An over tightened belt makes the motor work harder, leading to overheating and cook out, plus it also stretches the belt unnecessarily. A lose belt also means it slips at the revolving rotor (motor side) each time you impact the belt with your feet as you run or jog, therefore it means that the slippage will cause the rotor or the belt to wear out. To check on the correct tightness, lift one side of the belt at the center of the platform. It should raise no more that 2 and half inches. if it is less, it is too tight, if it is more, it is too slack. Either way, it is for you to experiments because you could be a six foot five and weight a tonne or you could be a four foot two and weight like a butterfly. Each person is different. Most treadmills are adjusted for up to five foot ten and for those that are taller or bigger, there are treadmills designed for them too. As you know, there are treadmills for all walks of life, small ones, medium ones and large ones, all designed for the appropriate weight ratio in mind. You can't use a small treadmill if you're six foot two and weight 14 stones (90 kg). There are treadmills to accommodate larger people. Most belt failures are the result of... like I said above, a number of reasons. One of them is the failure to maintain a treadmill. Lift the belt and place the palm of your hand on the metal platform (where the belt glides on) and feel if it is sticky, hard to slide the palm of your hand, or feels dry. If any of thei si evident, then your treadmill od labouring and that means the result of the belt running to one side is because it has been stretched as the motor laboriously and continuously been trying to keep going. I have a Stream treadmill and every month of continuous usage, I lubricate the underside of the belt with a quality silicone lubricant, in spray form. I never spray it directly underside, especially if I have carpeted floor, but if you have lino or polished floorboards, I suggest you don't spray it at all because it stains carpets and makes lino and floorboards slippery. Instead, use a lint free cloth. Go outside, spray the lubricant on the cloth to just soak one side, then shape the cloth into a ball, return inside and lift the belt at the center and apply the wet site of the cloth on the platform, not under the belt. Spread the lubricant evenly across the center of the platform but not towards the rollers, just the center. Then run the treadmill a little. Stop it and reapply it again. Repeat the process a third time, then run it again. Then stop it and lift the belt. With the palm of your hand, see if you can feel any moisture or a slippery feel on the platform. If it feels slippery, then the belt is lubricated properly. Do this only every month of daily use. The lubricating of the platform is almost very little. never over lubricate or you'll soon see that excess lubrication stains the machine. You can hear it when the belt runs dry. A belt that is adjusted and lubricated properly runs almost silent, but a dried out belt sounds raspy.

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Will the broken motor bolt cause the drive belt to slip. There are 2 bolts and one is broken off. I guess these are not made very strong.

It's hard to say but, lets assume that with one bold doing the work, it does put this last bolt under strain and will, given time, snap as well and then the whole belt with be damaged or will stop operating. Looks like these 2 bolts are there to hold or tension the belt. You didn't say which bolt is broken, the top one or bottom one, the left or right. You know. A lot of people buy treadmills and use them often but, for the bolt to break, it must be because the belt is running really dry. Do you lubricate the base of the bed (the large plate where the belt slides on and you walk or run on it)? I bet you haven't since you bought it. But let me tell you this, the treadmills are great to practice or do strenuous training, however they're delicate when it comes to running on them without lubrication. Most of the moving components are self lubricated, like the motor, the gearbox and the belt rollers, etc. - they have bearings or lifelong lubricated bronze bushing; whatever they use, it requires little or no lubrication for the life or the treadmill, but the belt that you run on, often gets dry from dust, becomes warm and increase drag, thus overworking the motor until it either cooks out (fuses out) or some things like the bolts snap right off. To make sure that it works lightly and without drag you should spray a quality silicone spray on the bed base. As silicone comes in spray form, this is effective if you have Lino floors but if you have carpet, the spray stains the carpet over time. It's best if you use a lint free cloth, go outside, spray on the cloth and then return inside to the treadmill, lift the belt with your fingers and soak or smear the bed evenly once every months if used sparingly or twice per month is used a lot. You only need to smear the smooth base of the bed, you do not need to apply too much. Just feel with your hand (fingers), if it feels moist or slippery, it's enough. Run the belt slowly a minute before beginning your exercises. Hope it helps.

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Why does my Nordictrac c2300 start and stop?

It could be because it is overheating due to the fact that the floor belt is too dry and the motor is labouring hard to spin the floor belt. When was the last time you lubricated the base of the floor belt (the flat base where the floor belt slides on)? A couple of little sprays of Silicone Lubricant should ease the motor workload as the floor belt rolls on. If you're a big person, the excess weight also tempts to dry the floor belt quicker and if you're running on it while the home is being heated in winter of during warm summer days, or you are training on carpeted or linty areas, all the excess heat and dust dries the floor belt faster and need to be lubricated more often. Lift the floor belt and feel with your hands if there is any lubrication. A wet feel means it is lubricated, while a dry feel or sticky hand as you move your hand left and right means it is dry. Dry belts are the blame of 80-90% of motor failure and or seizures due to lack of care and maintenance. Lubricate it once per month. If you don't like spraying Silicone lubricant directly under the floor belt, do this; find a lint-less rug such as a kitchen drying cloth and go outside the house, spray the Silicone lubricant on the cloth to lightly soak it and then go to the treadmill, lift the floor belt and apply the wet cloth evenly on the base until you believe it is lubricated enough to make the rolling of the belt with ease. Run it for half a minute at slow speed (walking pace) before you can safely use it for running or jogging, etc.

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Belt is loose

there are adjustment bolts on the back end of the treadmill. they are on either side. start with belt running about 3mph. tighten the side where the belt is closest. about 1/4 turn. give 15-20 seconds to see adjustment . when it is centered, tighten both bolts evenly until belt is tight.

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Golds gym crosswalk 650 not working

Dear Sir:
The most likely cause of the problem is a worn treadmill belt and deck.
Most of the time its caused from not lubricating between the treadmill belt and deck. This causes friction and the surfaces wear putting greater stress on the electronics. The treadmill is shutting down to protect the electronics.

See the block diagram that i did design for easy troubleshooting and diagnose.
2_15_2012_4_24_13_pm.gifsincerely. God bless you.

ernesto cuadra
managua, nicaragua. c.a.

Feb 15, 2012 | Exercise & Fitness

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I currently replaced the walking belt on my C954i/C956i treadmill. When I plugged it back in and turned on the power, the treadmill has no power. What could have happened?

Dear Sir:
I can read you trouble, and follow the next steps:
The correct alignment of the running belt is critical to the smooth operation of the treadmill. The belt is properly aligned at the factory. However, during shipping and handling or by use on an uneven surface, the belt may move off center and require a few simple adjustments. Before aligning the running belt, check its operation by following the procedure in Checking the Alignment of the Running Belt. If you determine that the belt needs alignment, follow the instructions here. CAUTION: Special care must be taken when aligning the running belt. Turn OFF the treadmill while adjusting or working near the rear roller. Remove any loose clothing and tie back your hair. Be very careful to keep your finger or any other object clear of the belt and rollers, especially in front of the roller and behind the deck. The treadmill will not stop immediately if an object becomes caught in the belt or rollers. Realigning the belt takes a few simple adjustments. If you are unsure about this procedure, call Precor Customer Support (see Obtaining Service.) Take the following steps to align the running belt on the treadmill. To ensure your safety, make all adjustments while the treadmill is OFF. 1. Make sure the treadmill is OFF and the running belt has completely stopped. 2. Locate the right belt adjustment bolt in the rear end cap of the treadmill. (To determine left and right, stand at the rear of the treadmill and face the display.) See Diagram 24. The direction you turn the bolt depends on how the belt is tracking. Make all belt adjustments on the right rear corner bolt using the hex key provided. • If the belt is off center to the RIGHT, turn the adjusting bolt ¼ turn clockwise, which moves the running belt to the left. • If the belt tracks off center to the LEFT, turn the bolt ¼ turn counterclockwise; this moves the belt to the right. Important: Do not turn the adjusting bolt more than ¼ turn at a time. Overtightening the bolt can damage the treadmill. 3. Turn the unit ON. 4. Stand beside the treadmill and press QUICKSTART. 5. If you are prompted for a password, press INCLINE ??¼, SPEED ??¼, SPEED ??². The running belt starts automatically after the 3-second countdown appears on the display. 6. Press the SPEED ??² key until the display shows a speed of 3 mph (5 kph). 7. Walk around to the rear of the unit and observe the running belt for a few minutes. The belt should run centered along the running bed. If the belt drifts off center, you will need to make adjustments. CAUTION: If you hear any chafing or the running belt appears to be getting damaged, stop the running belt immediately by pressing the red STOP button. Contact Precor Customer Support. 8. If the belt needs additional alignment, repeat steps 1 through 7 until the belt is properly aligned. 9. After aligning the belt, press the STOP button and RESET. Turn OFF the treadmill. Tighten any loose fasteners or other components on the equipment. If you hear unusual noises or you feel that the treadmill is in need of repair or service, contact Precor Customer Support. Refer to Obtaining Service.
Finally, check if the power cord is loose, connect it again. a) See if the breaker of Home is tripped? b) See if the breaker of the Treadmill is tripped. If do the Belt is very Tighted! loose a little. Try again.
Thank you in advance, if you need assistance, you can contact me, Blessing. sincerely.
E. CUADRA Managua, Nicaragua. C.A.

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I have a life fitness t5 and live in the middle of nowhere in new Mexico. I run at 6.5 mph for 40 minutes around 5 times a week. I have used it for approx 1 year. It is impossible to get reliable...

Dear Sir:

I will indicate some Tips for maintenance:

Any equipment is difficult to survie without a properly maintenance.

But you can do something very simple.
Cleaning Dirt and debris is a major cause of premature belt and deck wear. Clean between the belt and the deck once per week. Also clean the small exposed areas of the deck on each side of the belt. Dirt tends to accumulate in these areas. Wipe down the entire treadmill once per week. The outside surface of the belt can be cleaned with a damp sponge or cloth. Vacuum or wipe up the area around your treadmill at the same time. You should clean the motor area three or four times per year. Unplug the treadmill before removing the cover. Follow the instructions in your owner's manual for removing the cover. Carefully vacuum the dust and debris from around the motor.2)
Lubrication Read and follow your owner's manual for lubrication recommendations. Some treadmills do not require lubrication. In fact, unnecessary lubrication can cause damage. Many decks are made of materials that do not require lubrication or are pre-impregnated with wax. Lubricating these types of decks can actually increase the friction between the belt and deck, which can lead to motor damage. If your treadmill does require lubrication or waxing, follow the manufacturers guidelines.
Belt Tension Belt tension is pre-adjusted at the factory, however, new belts will stretch and require readjustment. If the belt is too loose, it will slip and cause excessive wear to both the belt and the deck. If the belt is too tight, it will cause wear to the rollers and to the motor. The belt should be set just tight enough so that is does not slip. With the belt running slowly, stomp your foot forcefully down and slightly forward on the belt. If you feel the belt slip, tighten both bolts 1/4 turn. Again, follow your manual for instructions specific to your make and model.
Belt Wear There are two components in your treadmill, which will require periodic replacement - the belt and the deck. Check the condition of your belt every three months. Feel the underside of the belt. If it feels rough and worn, it may be time for a new belt. Continuing to run on a worn out belt will increase the wear on the deck. The deck will eventually wear out also, but if you replace your belt when necessary, you will increase the life of your deck
I hope this will be keep your safe with your equipment.




Sep 13, 2011 | Life Fitness T5-0 Treadmill

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The belt slides to one side (the same side) always when we start to walk. It is a new belt and deck. Afraid it will wear out the belt as it starts to rub against the edges. Thanks

you need to tighten the w/belt. the side that the belt goes to tighten 3 quarter turns. now on the other side loosen 2 quarter turns. turn on the the belt on 3or 4 setting the belt should start moving over when it get to where you want it tighten the sid e you first loosen 2 quarter turn. then run it at higher speed to see if it stays its trial and error remember rightie tightie leftty loosie. in the end you want equal tension with the rollers bolts ps good tension is 2 -3 inches up when lifting up the sides of the w/belt

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I have a Image 15.0 R treadmill. It skips and I tried tightening the belt 1/4 turn as directed and not over tighten it. Still skips and actually squeaks now especially when running on the treadmill at 6...

3 different possibilities in my opinion:

belt is too loose, belt is too tight, belt is worn out.

Try to lift the belt and get your hand under it in the middle of the deck. If you cannot reach, it is possible that your belt is too tight. Another clue for this would be the belt "curling" on both sides at the edges. Try to loosen the belt, gradually and testing it along the way.

If on the contrary you can easily slide your hand under the belt from one side to the other, it is more likely that the belt is too loose. The squeaking might be due to the belt not being "square" on the deck. Try to loosen it even more until you can slide it with your hands across the deck. And have it aligned evenly at the front and back. Then retighten and adjust the tracking at low speed.
!!! Do not over loosen as the bolts might come out of the back roller.

A worn out belt might squeak and skip when its old.

Mar 04, 2011 | RTO Image 15.0R Treadmill Walking Belt

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When you have adjusted the most you can, should you replace the belt?

If you have tightened the belt and it continues to slip it is usually a sign that the deck and belt are worn. You may be looking at repairs that might be more costly than getting a new machine. You can check the deck by sliding your hand under the belt (not running) and feeling the deck surface. If you feel grooves or any rough spots then you need to replace it. The underside of the walking belt will also feel fuzzy like a peach if the fibers are breaking down.
If the machine is not very old or hasnt had much use then it could be several other things causing the slipping/stopping of the belt.

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