A home treadmill is generally an expensive bit of kit that you don’t want to see breaking down or malfunctioning early in it’s life. To keep your running machine in the best working order some general maintenance is advised to extend the life of the machine and prevent excessive wear and tear. Lubricating a treadmill is one of the singularly best ways to keep your machine in great running order.
Should I Lubricate My Treadmill?
If you do nothing else, no other treadmill maintenance, then at least lubricate your treadmill. Oiling the running deck will prevent wear and cracking to the deck and belt and will reduce friction on the motor. Over time most treadmills will require belt replacement and deck changes but by lubricating at the correct interval you can dramatically extend the life of these components. Likewise motor wear can be expensive to put right. A straining motor will burn brushes quickly. Follow a regular lubrication regime and components should last the distance.
Before marching on with the task check the specifications of your machine. There are a number of machines on the market that do not require lubrication. They are generally factory waxed for use and lubricants are not recommended for these machines.
How Often Should I Lubricate My Treadmill?
If you use your treadmill on a daily basis you are going to have to oil the deck more often than the casual user. If you are on the machine regularly look to lubricate the machine every 150 miles. If you are a regular treadmill runner and have a heavy frame/build consider shortening up the duration between lubrication because you will be putting more friction through the components than lighter users! If the machine goes for long periods without use, then try to remember to oil the treadmill every 3 – 6 months to keep the belt and deck in good order and avoid cracking.
What Can I Use To Lubricate My Treadmill?
Generally there are two types of treadmill belt on the market, fabric and rubber. Rubber, being a more modern material is becoming the most common type of belt. Each belt requires a different type of treadmill lubricant. If your running machine has a fabric belt you need to use a paraffin based lubricant. If your treadmill belt is rubber, a silicon based lube should be used. Sprays or liquids are equally good and both lube types can be found cheaply online.
Can I Use WD40, Vegetable or Motor Oil To Lube My Treadmill?
You could but you shouldn’t. Motor oils or WD40 type lubricants will break down rubber belts. The belts will crack and disintegrate quickly after using these petrol lubricants.
Vegetable oil will dry and become sticky and collect dust and dirt in the open air causing long term damage to your machine.
Avoid temptation, buy a $10 treadmill oil online.