Question about Proform 530 Treadmill Walking Belt
At the back of the treadmill, there are 2 adjustment screws, 1 on each side. They are used to move each end of the rear roller either forwards or backwards. I typically teach people to use the left hand adjustment screw because the direction you turn the screw is the direction the treadbelt will move. Turn the machine on and run it at the lowest speed, usually .5mph and while it's running, make an slight adjustment. If it's running while you do it, you will be able to watch the progress of the belt and it's easier to fine tune it this way. Using an allen key (you should have been supplied one with the machine) turn the adjustment bolt a 1/4 turn in the direction you want the belt to go (only from the left). Wait a few minutes and watch it carefully, you do not want it to run up against the side rails of the machine, this will shred the sides of the belt. You really shouldn't need to turn it more than a 1/4-1/2 turn to make an adjustment. Watch the belt migrate back towards the center and when it gets close, turn the screw slightly back a bit to stop the progress, or it will stop on it's own as it reaches the higher angle of the roller. Patience is key here, don't try to do it one morning on your way out to work. Give yourself 15-20min to focus on it and remember that as long as you don't use large adjustment increments and pay attention to where the belt is headed, you'll be fine.
Posted on Jun 02, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: belt slips when using treadmill
Hi, I don't know which particular model treadmill you have but most all treadmills use the same type of belt tension and tracking, which is an allen screw adjustment on the rear tension bar. One on either side. Treadmills normally come with an allen wrench, and could be attached on the treadmill somewhere, if not then use one of your own the proper size. Make the adjustment with the unit running at its slowest speed. Clockwise tightens the tension and will draw the belt. Good Luck, this should Fixya!
Posted on Mar 18, 2009
Loosen rear tension and recent and tighten.
First grab the walking belt on an edge and lift up, It should only lift up 3 inches, this about the right tension
There are two guides underneath near the front make sure the belt is underneath them. (they touch the white side)
If OKay, remove the endcap byu the tension control bolts (two screws underneath) and make sure you have adjustment room (threads showing on bolts toward the rear)
these bolts should look about the same position with respect to the roller.
Run the machine on slow, walk on it and try to stop the walking belt, if it slips - turn both rear bolts 1 turn clockwise.,repeat until it doesn't slip
Get off and run the machine on slow 2mph, turn the bolt on the side the belt wanders to 1/4 turn clockwise. If it goes over fast you may need turn the bolt 1 full turn right away (it shouldn't). If its kinda of stable - speed up machine to 5-6 and repeat.
Note the front of the belt should be centered first, this is preset and usually doesn't need adjustment
Posted on Aug 22, 2009
I think you are talking about the front roller. It has a rubber sleeve that helps to grip the walking belt. Sometimes you can tighten this enough to keep it from slipping but you run the risk of overtightening and damaging both rollers. We recomend replacing that roller.
Posted on Nov 18, 2009
PROBLEM: The walking belt is off-center or slips when walked on SOLUTION: a. If the walking belt has shifted to the left, Start unit @ 1.0 mph using the hex key, turn the left idler roller bolt clockwise 1/2 of a turn to move belt to the right. Be careful not to overtighten the walking belt. If the walking belt has shifted to the right, turn the left idler roller bolt counterclockwise or clock wise 1/2 of a turn depends on the tension that will be on the belt take your time and walk on it to feel the belt underneath you Repeat until the walking belt is centered.
Posted on Mar 02, 2010
SOURCE: treadmill belt slipping
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. If it takes more than 2 turns then something else is the problem.
Posted on Apr 30, 2010
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