How to Lubricate a Trimline Treadmill

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How to Lubricate a Trimline Treadmill
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Trimline treadmills came on the market in 1994, according to Treadmill Online, and as of September 2010 fell into the moderate-price category with a price range of £975 to £1,625. Trimline treadmills, like all other treadmills, need regular maintenance if you want to keep them operating smoothly. One of the most important things you can do to keep your treadmill working is to lubricate the deck. You'll need to do this every three to 12 months depending on the frequency and intensity of your workouts.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • 3/16" hex wrench
  • Soapy water
  • Rags
  • Treadmill lubricant

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unplug the treadmill.

  2. 2

    Rub your hand over the bottom side of the treadmill's walking belt. If it feels dry, the deck needs to be lubricated.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the two rear adjustment bolts at the back of the treadmill to loosen the belt. Loosen the bolts with a hex wrench until the walking belt is loose enough for you to slide your hand under it.

  1. 1

    Clean the top of the walking belt using a wet, soapy rag. Use a second, dry rag to completely dry off the belt.

  2. 2

    Lift the walking belt away from the treadmill deck. Wipe the deck under the belt with a rag to remove dirt.

  3. 3

    Read the directions on your treadmill lubricant. Lift the walking belt on one side and spray lubricant between the deck and the belt, unless the instructions say otherwise. Spray along the entire length of the belt.

  4. 4

    Lift the belt on the other side and repeat the spraying.

  5. 5

    Tighten the rear adjustment bolts.

  1. 1

    Plug in the treadmill and run it at 3mph. Do not stand or walk on the treadmill at this time.

  2. 2

    Turn off the treadmill after five minutes.

  3. 3

    Wipe away any silicone that has leaked out under the belt.

  4. 4

    Turn on the treadmill and walk on the belt for a few minutes to spread the silicone evenly on the belt. Your treadmill is now ready for regular use.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are using a silicone gel lubricant instead of a spray, squeeze one half of the lubricant tube along one side of the walking belt and the second half on the other side of the belt.
  • Consult your owner's manual for a list of recommended lubricants and more specific instructions. Some household lubricants and silicone sprays contain petroleum distillates which can be harmful to your treadmill.
  • Use newspaper or disposable towelling under the treadmill while applying the lubricant to avoid damage to the floor surface.

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