If you’re like most runners, the treadmill is your best friend. It allows you to manage your weight in a safe, low-impact environment and it comes in one convenient package. You can do the work without leaving the house, and many people prefer running on the treadmill to the open road. But, all good things must come to an end, and that includes the treadmill sitting in your basement corner. As you’re running one day, you notice that you are less than graceful—your feet are making a horrible screeching sound as they churn up and down against the poor treadmill deck.
The more you use a treadmill, the more it will start to squeak. There are various factors that affect how noisy or silent your treadmill can be, but all treadmills have one thing in common: they make noise in some form. In order to keep your home life from becoming disrupted by a loud machine revving away on the other side of the house, you need to investigate what’s causing it.
Why a Treadmill Squeaks -How To Fix a Treadmill Squeaking
You walk on the treadmill, and it starts to squeak. What’s up with that? Most people assume that the squeaking is caused by the lubricant drying out, which can certainly happen. However, if the lubricant is still present, it is likely that the squeaking is due to a bad wheel bearing. Since bearings are not meant to be lubricated, and the lubricant is, the bearings are usually the cause of the squeaking. If you can find the source of the noise (your treadmill probably has a place where you can access the bearings), you may be able to fix or replace them and stop the squeaking.
There is some research that you need to do in order to make sure that the type of lubrication you are using is suited to the treadmill. The type of lubricant used for a treadmill needs to be appropriate for the size and shape of your treadmill’s running surface. The lubricant must allow the metal pieces to move freely, without allowing any metal-to-metal contact. It should be able to protect the metal parts from damage and wear while still allowing them to expand and contract with the heat of the machine.
What will happen if your lubricant is not correct? Over time, you will start to notice small problem areas on your machine, including squeaking noises and even some sticking problems.
Maintenance on a treadmill is easy and will help you get rid of squeaking noises. All treadmills require some regular maintenance. A quick weekly check over can help you save time and money in the long run.
If you notice that the lubricant in your treadmill is beginning to degrade, or if you have any other questions about your treadmill or its squeaking, contact a treadmill service expert.
- If your treadmill has no lubrication all, consider using a bearing
- Use WD-40 or other lubricants to lubricate the treadmills
- If that doesn’t work, use a screwdriver to remove the panel of the treadmill
- You can also tighten the screws holding the panel in place
- If all else fails, you can contact the manufacturer and ask for help
While treadmills are known to be noisy machines, a lot of runners find that they are a great way to work off calories. You can even find treadmills designed for specific types of workouts like running intervals or speed. Or you can just walk at your preferred pace up and down the same path for a unique cardio workout.