Treadmill Belt Lubrication to Extend Motor Life. Insights From a Service Technician



With over two decades of experience in the fitness equipment service and repair industry, I understand the pivotal role that proper maintenance plays in prolonging the life of your treadmill's motor and motor control board (MCB/ computer board). In this comprehensive guide, I'll walk you through the ins and outs of caring for your treadmill's vital component—the walking belt. You'll discover why lubricating it is more critical than you might think, when exactly you should do it, and most importantly, how to get the job done like a pro.


Why You Should Lubricate Your Treadmill Belt

Friction reduction

Smooth operation

Improved performance

Lifespan extension


How Often Should You Lubricate Your Treadmill Belt?


There are several factors that will determine how often you need to lubricate your treadmill belt.


Usage Frequency: The more you use your treadmill, the more often it may need lubrication.

Treadmill Age: Older treadmills may require more frequent lubrication due to wear and tear on components.

Belt Material: Different belt materials may have varying lubrication needs, so it's essential to consider the type of belt your treadmill has.

Environmental Factors: Factors like high humidity or a dusty workout area can impact lubrication frequency.


In general, you should lubricate your treadmill belt every 3 months. However, if you have a treadmill that is older, used frequently, or in a more harsh environment, it is likely to need lubrication every month, depending on your treadmill’s performance. As always, refer to your treadmill’s manufacturer manual for the recommended maintenance schedule.


A Step-by-Step Guide to Lubricating a Treadmill Belt

When it comes to properly lubricating your treadmill belt, following a step-by-step process ensures optimal results. Let's break down each step:


Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand. This includes treadmill lubricant (consult your treadmill's manual for the recommended type) and a clean cloth.


Step 2: Power Off and Unplug

For safety reasons, turn off your treadmill and unplug it from the electrical outlet. 


Step 3: Locate the Belt

Identify the treadmill walking belt, which is the surface you walk or run on during your workouts. 


Step 4: Clean the Belt

While gently lifting the walking belt with one hand, use a clean cloth in the other hand to wipe down the underside of the belt. Removing dirt, dust, and debris ensures that the lubricant will be applied to a clean surface. Repeat on the opposite side. 


Step 5: Apply Lubricant

Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for applying lubricant to your treadmill belt. Generally, you'll need to start at the top of the belt's underside and apply in a left to right zig-zag motion, all the way to the bottom of the belt’s underside. Be cautious not to over-apply; a modest amount is sufficient. Repeat on the opposite side.


Step 6: Spread the Lubricant

Plug the power cord back in and power the treadmill on. Standing off to the side, set it to a slow speed. Let the treadmill run for a few minutes to evenly distribute the lubricant across the belt's surface. This helps ensure that the lubricant penetrates all parts of the belt.


Step 7: Test the Belt

With caution, step onto the treadmill and walk or jog at a slow pace. Pay attention to the belt's movement and any unusual noises. A properly lubricated belt should operate smoothly and quietly.


Step 8: Clean Excess Lubricant

After testing, use a cloth to wipe away any excess lubricant from the surface of the belt. This prevents the excess lubricant from attracting dirt and debris during future workouts.


Your treadmill is now ready for your next workout, and you can enjoy a smoother, quieter, and more effective exercise experience. By diligently following these step-by-step instructions, you'll ensure that your treadmill belt remains in optimal condition, reducing strain on the motor and contributing to the long-term health of your treadmill. Also do not forget the treadmill mat.





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