Lubricating a treadmill is one of the most important aspects of treadmill maintenance to ensure your machine lasts the distance. Here are the answers to some of the common questions most owners have when it comes to their machine :
Why You Need To Oil
Everyone who owns a treadmill wants to know if lubricating is really necessary. The short answer is that your running machine will last longer if it is regularly oiled. Applying a cheap silicone lubricant will prevent the running belt from cracking and becoming brittle, reduce friction between the deck and belt keeping the deck in top order and reduce drag that could strain the motor and cause premature failure or at the least wear.
Does Every Machine Need Lube?
The majority of treadmills need lubrication. To be sure you need to consult the handbook for your model. This will identify the type of oil required and frequency of use. Some models come with a pre-waxed deck and the manufacturers claim these do not require oiling. However, the friction from running will strip the wax and even these machines will need lubricating from time to time.
How Often Should I Lubricate My Machine?
If you are using the machine regularly you should look to lube the deck every 150 miles. If you are not a regular user your machine will still need lubing. If the machine is out of use for periods look to lube every 3 to 6 months.
How Do I Lube My Treadmill?
The usual way to lube a belt/deck is to unplug the power and then loosen off the belt by releasing tension on the belt. This will involve undoing bolts on the roller set up. You should loosen the belt enough to get your hand in under the belt. Ideally you then want to use a silicone lubricant with a paddle brush to apply the oil. Apply the oil to the brush and slide the brush under the belt. You should apply the oil to the front of the deck across the whole width of the deck. Once you have applied about 40ml of oil, re-tension the belt and set the belt running for a few minutes. After a few minutes walk on the treadmill for two to three minutes to really bed that oil in.
Can I Use Any Oil?
No, no and no. Do not use WD40, do not use baby oil, and do not use cooking or motor oil. Generally you need either paraffin or silicon based oil. If your running belt has a fabric back you will most likely need a paraffin based lubricant. If the belt is rubber as most modern belts are, a silicone lubricant will be the best option. In all cases check the operators manual. Using the wrong oil can damage the belt.