How to Repair a Rowing Machine Stroke Counter

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In addition to providing an excellent cardiovascular workout, rowing machines work many muscles in your body including your arms, abs, back and shoulders. If the stroke counter, or your electronic monitor, begins to either fade, or if it goes out altogether, it means the batteries need to be changed. The type of battery required for the digital monitor on your rowing machine may vary from model to model. Check your owner's manual to determine the type of batteries your rowing machine stroke counter uses.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Owner's manual
  • Replacement batteries

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  1. 1

    Use a screwdriver to remove the mounting screws holding the rowing machine's monitor, or stroke counter, in place. Some rowing machines do not use screws to hold the monitor in place, but instead a rubber monitor bumper. If this is the case, pull the bumper down until the monitor comes free.

  2. 2

    Turn the monitor or stroke counter over in your hand and locate the battery door. If the battery door is held in place by a small screw, remove the screw and remove the cover. If no screw is used on the battery door, simply slide it down to remove it.

  3. 3

    Take out the old batteries and put the new batteries in. Then replace the battery compartment cover.

  4. 4

    Follow the instructions in your rowing machine's owner's manual to reset the monitor, if need be. Some rowing machine monitors may require you to enter a series of commands using buttons on the front of the monitor to reset it. You will have to follow these commands, according to the instructions in your owner's manual.

  5. 5

    Mount your monitor, or stroke counter, back to the front of your rowing machine.

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