How to Change the Treadmill Running Board

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How to Change the Treadmill Running Board
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When using a treadmill it is very important to follow a proper maintenance schedule. If you do not perform the necessary maintenance, your treadmill will quickly wear and break. Issues such as cracks in your treadmill running board can be avoided or delayed by properly cleaning and lubricating your running board. However, if you find yourself needing to replace a cracked running board, you can accomplish this easily. Although the procedure may vary slightly from model to model, basic instructions can generally be applied to all treadmills.

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Things you need

  • Allen wrench
  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Unplug your treadmill from the electrical socket.

  2. 2

    Use a Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the bolts holding the frame base caps, and loosen the rear roller adjustment bolts, located in the rear end caps.

  3. 3

    Remove the side plates, which cover your rollers.

  4. 4

    Slide off the running belt.

  5. 5

    Unscrew the cracked running board, using an Allen wrench, and remove the running board.

  6. 6

    Place your new running board into the treadmill, ensuring that the running board is inserted with the lubricated side up.

  7. 7

    Using the same bolts, reattach your new running board with the Allen wrench.

  8. 8

    Slide your running belt back into place.

  9. 9

    Replace your side plates, covering your rollers.

  10. 10

    Replace your frame base and end caps, as well as the rear roller adjustment bolts.

  11. 11

    Plug your treadmill back into the electric outlet.

Tips and warnings

  • After replacing the running belt, run the treadmill at about 6mph, without walking on it. Watch the running belt to ensure that it does not slide to one side or the other. If the running belt does move, adjust the tightness of your rear roller adjustment bolts accordingly.

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