How to Fix a Clunk Proform XP 160

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Hearing a loud clunking noise when using your Proform XP 160 elliptical exerciser usually doesn't indicate a major problem, just as a popping noise in your joints is usually nothing to call the doctor about. A little troubleshooting should eliminate the clunk. Of course, it never hurts to talk to a service person, especially if the machine is under warranty, just as a cautionary trip to the doctor isn't a bad idea, especially if you have insurance. But try a few things yourself first.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Clean cloth
  • Mild soap

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    Adjust the 160's Drive Belt

  1. 1

    Use the Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screws on the left side shield. Remove the screws on the right side next. Take the shields off so you can remove the convenience tray. Use minimal force when removing the shields and tray.

  2. 2

    Turn the Idler screw with the screwdiver one half turn to loosen it slightly. Test the pedals by standing on the machine and pushing the pedals forward.

  3. 3

    Turn the Idler screw another half turn if the pedals slip. Perform another half turn of the Idler screw and try the pedals again. Keep turning one half turn at a time until the pedals move smoothly.

  4. 4

    Put the convenience tray back in place and cover with the right and left shields. Screw the shield screws back into place to secure the shields.

    Levelling the 160 Elliptical Exerciser

  1. 1

    Examine each of the four levelling feet. There is one on each side under the base and under the front stabiliser. They look like small, round knobs under the tubelike handle at the back and under the wheel at the front.

  2. 2

    Twist any of the levelling feet to lower them to the ground until there is no space between the feet and the floor. This ensures that the 160 won't rock and hit the floor when you are using it.

  3. 3

    Test out your handiwork by stepping onto the pedals, grabbing the handlebars and exercising as you usually would. If you feel any rocking or hear any clunking, check the feet again.

    Cleaning the Elliptical Exerciser

  1. 1

    Clean your elliptical to eliminate the sticking and rubbing of parts. Get a clean cloth mildly damp.

  2. 2

    Place a small amount of a mild soap onto a small section of the damp cloth.

  3. 3

    Clean every part of the machine except the console to rid your 160 of dust, dirt, sweat and debris. You can wipe off the console with a dry cloth, but do not use soap or liquid.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider getting the extended warranty at purchase, as advised by Fitness Experts Review. The XP 160 is a low-end machine that may be a good deal, but it isn't the most durable machine.

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