# Treadmill noise -walk on right side belt doesn't make noise, but walk on left side, it makes a grating noise, looked under plastic sheet on top of the deck, right side is very clean, top and bottom sides, but on left side some dirt and dust visible on the underside, and the plastic sheet has bumps probably from the dirt(sand). the top side is clean on the left side

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• stephfol Apr 28, 2009

I have the same problem only now it's on both sides. It's a wining sound when you step on the belt. If you let the treadmill run on it's own, there is no sound.

• Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

when cold it starts on the left, after warm it ends up on the right

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If it is a chirping noise it will be the mylar sheet under your walking belt. You will need it replaced after that kind of damage. If it is an actual grinding noise it will be something else.

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The Mylar sheet is probably damaged if it is a whirring sound. The underside of the belt is a fabric and if you think of a continuous piece of corderoy rubbung when pressure is applied, this ma make some sense to you. You can look up "mylar treadmill" on ebay and come up with some suppliers. I got one for \$25 + shipping. You will need to know what width it is, usually 17" or 19". You can use a yardstick of a tape measure and pull gently up on the belt and insert the measuring utensil under the belt. It will be narrower than the belt itself, so the measurement is not of the belt, but rather the thin plastic sheet under the belt.

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