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Treadmill belt is sticking .It will continue to work but I can feel a pause as I run.

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It't either the walking belt, the front roller or the drive belt.

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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.

Oct 07, 2014 | Nordic Track NordicTrack Treadmill, A2550

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When on treadmill there is a "studder"


Check if the running belt is lubricated. You can't run an engine without oil. So, spray a good quality silicone lubricant on the base of the running belt. It is best if you spray on a lint free cloth just enough to make a wet patch. Do it outside so that no spray residue lands on the floor and becomes slippery or lands on the carpet and stains it, then return inside and lift the treadmill running belt and soak or smear the base with the wet patch of the cloth and run for a full minute. Then lift the belt again and give it another swipe on the entire base, then feel the base with your fingers or hand to see if it feels wet and smooth. Run the treadmill for another minute at slow speed, otherwise the liquid can fly and splatter on wall or floor. If it still hasn't solved the problem, then it must be the motor brushes, or it may be set to run slow and fast according to the running settings on the console. Mine does the same thing if it is programmed to do 1 minute slow and one minute a bit faster. Good luck.

Jul 30, 2014 | Proform Crosswalk 395 Treadmill

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Lifefitness treadmill belt sticks even though wax bag is full


It may not be sticking, but instead slipping on the front roller. You can resolve this by simply tightening the running belt. This adjustment will be done by using the rear roller.

Apr 01, 2014 | Life Fitness 91Ti Treadmill

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I have a 2005 Precor 9.27 that I bought used with only 500 miles on it. This is my first tredmill and I feel it silpping at 5 mph. How do I tighten walking belt? The alignment bolt is at rught rear,so


Adjusting Tension on a Treadmill Running Belt It is necessary to properly tension a treadmill belt when it is replaced. After time, a belt can stretch and may begin to slip. When this happens, it is necessary to adjust the tension of the running belt to stop it from slipping. Manufacturers of treadmills generally agree on one of three procedures for how to tension a treadmill running belt.
  1. Adjust for no slippage of the treadmill walking belt on the front roller (Often referred to as the "Stomp Test")
    1. This procedure works well for a previously installed belt that is now slipping.
    2. Underside of belt should be free of any glazing/wax buildup.
    3. Rollers must also be free of wax buildup.
    4. Be sure belt tracking/centering is correct before proceeding.
    5. The most popular speed for this adjustment is 2mph to 3mph.
    6. Try to slow the belt by applying pressure with your foot against the belt movement while grasping the handrails. If the running belt slow, slips or stops (and the front roller does not) adjust BOTH adjustment bolts 1/4 turn clockwise. Test again and repeat adjustment if necessary.
  2. This procedure requires two belt gauges or calipers
    1. This procedure works well when installing a new belt.
    2. This procedure requires you to stretch the belt. Depending on the manufacturer*, this varies between .4 and .6 percent. A dial on the gauge or caliper will indicate the amount of stretch. *Consult the owner/service manual for proper tension.
    3. If you are working on a previously tensioned belt you will need to release the tension before attaching the gauges or calipers.
  3. Gauges or Calipers unavailable
    1. Release the tension on the belt.
    2. Using a yard stick or tape measure, place two marks on the left and right edges of the belt and deck 36 inches apart (or 50 inches if you prefer).
    3. Adjust the left and right tensioning bolts until both sides measure 36 3/16 inches (or 50 1/4). This is equal to .5% of stretch.
    4. Test for proper tracking and tension, adjust if necessary.

How to Tension Treadmill Walking Belt that Slips

Dec 07, 2012 | Precor 956 Remanufactured Treadmill

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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.

Feb 24, 2011 | Nordic Track NordicTrack A2750 PRO...

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I have noticed a few times that my f3 life fitness treadmill changes pace on me, and so does the incline. i can see it on the monitor, also it has started feeling like the belt is catching or something, or...


It might just need a simple adjustment of the running belt that can eliminate the slipping refer to you owner's manual for the procedure. It will be close to all treadmill adjustments.
Here is a generic procedure for adjusting the belt:
If the walking belt slips when walked on. Run the treadmill @ 3 to 4 mph, walk for a few minutes, Using the allen wrench, turn both rear roller adjustment bolts clockwise, 1/4 of a turn. Then repeat adjusting procedure until walking belt is properly tightened.

Jul 18, 2010 | Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill with...

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What lubricant can be used on the Horizon T92 Treadmill


Go to www.horizonfitness.com then click on e-store then look for part and accessories the silicon lubricant to purchase. Follow this procedure before applying lubricant.
1. Inspect belt and deck. The deck should be smooth. The belt should have a consistent feel from side to side (a belt can be worn out without any sensory signs of a problem). If you feel deep grooves in the deck or uneven wear on the underside of the belt, part replacement is necessary. Continued use of your treadmill may damage expensive electrical components.
2. To inspect the belt and deck visually or to clean underneath the belt before applying lubricant, the belt must have the tension reduced. Loosen the tension roller by following the instructions in your owner’s manual. Do not loosen the bolts in the tension roller too far or the bolts will come out of the roller shaft. This step may not be necessary for your treadmill model or belt and deck condition.
3. Contaminants are the worst enemy of your belt and deck. Some treadmills may have an excessive accumulation of dirt and contaminants. If these are trapped during the belt lube process, significant damage will occur. If contaminant removal is necessary, loosen the belt by following step 2, lay the treadmill on its’ side, and use a nylon brush to loosen contaminants that have accumulated on the inside of the belt. Clean the deck with mineral spirits in a well-ventilated area. Allow the deck to dry before lubing or tightening the belt.



Jul 16, 2010 | Horizon T92 - Treadmill

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It runs just fine, then you get on and it slows down almost to a stop.


This means that the motor is having to work too hard to rotate. It could be one of a couple of problems. If the machine is old then it potentially could be the motor itself. it may be going bad. On most models the motor has a lifetime warranty so you can check your owners manual for that. If you have not lubricated your walking belt in over 3 years or so then it could simply be a lubrication issue. To check this stick your hand on the underside of the walking belt and feel the belt. It should feel like a screen door. If it is smoothed down then there could be too much friction that is not allowing the belt to turn. When you pull your hand it should feel like you have been eating popcorn, kind of oily.

Mar 11, 2010 | Proform Quick Burn Pro Treadmill with 12...

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I've had my treadmill for a good while now(about 6 years) and have used it A LOT. However, now it just stops on me after about 35 minutes or so. The controls continue to run, but not the belt. Have I just...


If the treadmill slows down or cuts off when warm it is probably a worn or dry walk belt.Lift the edge of the walk belt and feel the underside of it about 1 inch from the edge,now compare that to the underside of it in towards the middle where your feet are stepping on it,if that area feels alot more frayed or fuzzy the walk belt is worn.Now rub your hand on the platform surface where the walk belt rides,you should feel a wax film on the platform,if not you can purchase treadmill wax from the manufacturer,retailer or on-line.Apply the wax under the belt in towards the center 2/3 of the belt area,that should be done whenever you don't feel that wax film when you check it.

Aug 17, 2009 | Proform Exercise & Fitness

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I need help adjusting the belt on the trimwalk manual treadmill


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.

May 13, 2009 | RTO 9002 TrimWalk Trim Walk Folding Manual...

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