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How Often To Replace Treadmill Belt? Read Here

Published by Kieran
Last Updated on November 3, 2021

Many people don't realize that the treadmill belt is replaceable and is one of the most expensive parts of the treadmill. Replacing the belt is often a last ditch effort to save the life of a treadmill that is headed for the trash.

But how often should you replace the belt? A quick and dirty way to see if your belt is about to break is to look at it. If it has cracks in it, if it is fraying, if it is wearing in one place more than others, then it is time to replace the belt.

It's important to replace any machine belt on a treadmill every so often. Let's start by answering the question: how long should a treadmill belt last? The answer?

It depends on the model. For example, some of the cheaper models out there only last around 6 months before they need to be replaced. On the flip side, the more expensive ones can last years longer (as long as you take good care of them).

When it comes to treadmill maintenance, it's easy to forget in the middle of a busy workout that you can't go on forever. The treadmill belt is designed only to last for a certain period of time, depending on your mileage and the type of wear and tear you put it through.

Treadmill manufacturers give general guidelines as to how often to replace your treadmill belt, but you should also consider replacing your treadmill belt if there are signs of deterioration or if the machine starts making unusual noises.

How to replacing the belt

Many people who have treadmills can relate to the wear and tear that comes with them. If you have been using a treadmill for a while, you might notice that the belt has begun to show signs of wear.

In fact, a worn out belt can make your machine less effective and dangerous to use.

Replacing your treadmill's running belt is a quick and easy way to give it new life. In fact, replacing your treadmill's belt is a project you can handle yourself, provided you have a few basic tools and the right information.

Before you start, though, it's important to know a few things about the parts of your treadmill.

Here some simple steps to replace treadmill belt.

  • Turn off electricity

Power off your treadmill unplug it from the outlet.

  • Remove the motor hood

Remove the screws from the belly pan. Then pull the motor hood forward and remove it from the treadmill frame.

  • Remove the right side foot rail 

Fold the treadmill up and engage the latch. Remove the screws from under the walking board that fasten the right side foot rail to the walking platform. Lift the right foot rail up and off.

  • Remove the walking belt 

Turn the right side roller adjustment Allen screw to release the walking belt tension. Lift the rear roller up and out of the mounting bracket.

Remove the front roller adjustment nut and screw. Lift the front roller up and out of its mounting bracket. Fold the treadmill up and engage the latch.

Remove the front and rear corner screws that fasten the right side of the walking board to the frame. Release the latch and unfold the treadmill.

Lift and hold the right side of the walking platform up and slide the walking belt off the walking board and belt rollers.

Reinstalling the new belt after removing the old

  • Reuinstall the right foot rail

Reinstall the right side foot rail and mounting screws.

  • Put back the motor hood

Release the latch and unfold the treadmill. Reinstall the motor hood mounting screws

  • Restore power 

Plug the treadmill into the electrical outlet.

  • Check belt tracking

Do not walk on the treadmill while checking and adjusting the belt tracking.Put the key in and start the treadmill.

Set the speed to the slowest setting and let it run for a minute.If the belt is not tracking in the center, remove the key and unplug the power cord.Use the Allen wrench supplied with the treadmill and adjust the rear rollers as needed to center the walking belt.

If the belt is tracking to the left of center, turn the left roller adjustment screw clockwise 1/2 of a turn.If the belt is tracking to the right of center, turn the left roller adjustment screw counter clock-wise 1/2 of a turn.After adjustment, restore power and recheck the tracking.

  • Shut off electricity
  • Lubricate the walking belt - Lift the sides of the treadmill belt and evenly apply silicone lubricant to the walking board.
  • Restore power to disperse the lubricant - Run the treadmill for several minutes on medium speed to disperse the lubricant evenly over the walking board.

Maintaining the belt

In a treadmill, the treadmill belt or treadmill walking belt is the part of the treadmill that the user walks or runs on. In a treadmill, the location of the belt determines the incline level that the user will walk or run on.

If you have a treadmill, it is very important that you maintain it. The belt that you run on is very important to the life of the belt. If you do not take care of it the belt can become worn or damaged.

The treadmill belt is perhaps the most important part of the treadmill, and is likely to break down at some point. Belts can easily get worn out, resulting in a few different issues.

During or after use, the belt may become loose on the front roller, causing it to slip and move up and down. This can be especially unsafe if the treadmill is set at a higher speed because a slipping belt could cause you to trip.

The belt may also tear at the front roller or get caught on the roller. The third common issue with the belt is that it may become cracked or cut.

Tighten the bolts regularly

Treadmill machines are great for losing weight and staying fit, but they can also be dangerous. The bolts that hold the panels together can become loose, and when they do, can cause the treadmill to malfunction.

If you see any parts of your treadmill moving that shouldn’t, or if you notice the machine shaking, you may want to check the bolts to see if they need tightening.

About the author
Published by Kieran
A star athlete during his school days, Kieran quickly excelled at sports and in particular; football. Kieran's true passion lies in home exercise equipment, and so was was built as a source for all of Kieran's thoughts to be put down on a medium. Here he guides you through various nuances of working out at home, tips, guides, reviews and more.The only other thing Kieran enjoys more than working out, is writing about it.
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