My first treadmill belt went pretty quickly because I completely forgot (didn’t know you should) lubricate the belt once in a while. To make sure you don’t have a similar experience, here’s what I figured out you should pay attention to.
The most important signs that indicate it’s time to lubricate your treadmill belt are: Uneven speeds, a slipping belt, and overall inconsistent performance. Unusual noises and vibrations can also be caused by a dry belt. Belt debris by the treadmill is a clear indication there’s too much friction which means not enough lubrication.
Let’s get into the 7 clear signs it’s time to lubricate your belt. We’ll also get into how often you should lubricate the belt to prevent ever having to notice any of these signs.
7 Signs It’s Time To Lubricate Your Treadmill’s Belt
1. Uneven Speed
A key giveaway that it’s time to break out the lube bottle is if the belt slows down when you step on it. That means the friction is too high for the motor to maintain speed. The way to
If you notice this, it’s better to get some lube on the belt sooner rather than later since it will dramatically increase belt wear if you keep going like that. Besides, it’s a very bad workout experience and can make you trip.
2. Belt Slipping
Another sign is if the roller is slipping on the belt. The motor keeps running but the belt doesn’t spin, or not as quickly. This is caused by the belt having too much friction on the deck and instead of just slowing down, it completely stops. However, the motor keeps the roller spinning and so the roller slips inside the belt.
Lubricating the belt helps to reduce the friction and keeps the belt from slipping.
Lubricating is the first step you should take, especially if you see some of the other signs on this list but also check the belt tension. If it’s too loose, it slips more easily than it should.
3. Inconsistent Performance
The treadmill performing differently at different speeds and inclines is a good indicator you have to break out the lubrication for the same reasons as mentioned above. The friction changes with speed and incline which then creates inconsistent performance.
The extra friction, noises, and motor stress a dry treadmill belt can cause can sometimes also translate into vibrations.
If you notice more or different vibrations while working out on your treadmill, inspect the belt and give it a spritz of oil. If lubrication doesn’t resolve the problem, check the belt tension and alignment.
Noises are also a good idea to pay attention to so run without headphones sometimes.
6. Visual Clues
Visual clues are also a good way to get an indication of your belt’s lubrication status.
However, the truth is, if you see this type of wear, it’s likely already too late and you should replace the belt. However, if you catch it early, you can extend the lifespan of the belt a little.
7. Dust or Debris Accumulation
Excess dust or debris underneath the treadmill is a sign that the belt is generating more friction than usual, indicating the need for lubrication. If you keep using the treadmill while there’s already debris under the treadmill, the belt will wear out very quickly.
Check if the debris you see is the same material as the belt and not just other dust buildup (which should be removed as well).
How Often To Lubricate A Treadmill Belt
Paying attention to the signs is good but if you notice any of them, it’s actually too late. You should apply some silicone or wax to the deck before you notice any of these signs. Here’s how often most experts say you should lubricate your belt.
Here are some more general tips and basics that will help keep your treadmill in good shape.
What Impacts Lubrication Frequency
The frequency at which you should lubricate a treadmill belt is influenced by various factors, including: