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Treadmill Support: How do I lubricate the treadmill?

If you have a treadmill in the home, you will be familiar with the convenience of meeting your daily step target without the need to head to the gym. This is ideal if you don’t have the time to go out, or the weather isn’t appropriate for a daily stroll. There may be times when you find the belt seems to be sticking or not performing as you expect. In these cases, it is a sign that it is time to lubricate your treadmill. It’s quite an easy process but it plays a huge part in maintaining your product. 

Why is it important to lubricate the treadmill?

Lubricating your treadmill is an important part of the overall maintenance. It helps to reduce the friction between the treadmill belt and the main unit. If there is excessive friction, it can wear easily and result in problems with operation. Lubricating the treadmill also helps to prevent the belt from slipping. If not properly lubricated, it increases the chance of the belt slipping during usage which can wear the parts and negatively impact performance. 

How do I lubricate the treadmill?

Please note, the instructions may vary for your treadmill, so be sure to follow your instruction manual to correctly lubricate the treadmill. 

1. Use the supplied lubricant. 

Most treadmills will come with lubricant so that you can maintain the treadmill. If you have run out of lubricant or it is not supplied, we recommend using silicone oil. 

2. Lubricate one side. 

Gently lift one side of the treadmill and squirt some lubricant under the running deck. 


3. Repeat on the other side. 

Repeat this process on the other side. 


4. Use the treadmill to spread the lubricant. 

Use the treadmill so the oil evenly spreads. 

5. Inspect and add more lubricant if needed. 

If necessary, use more oil so there is an even amount of oil spread along the running deck. 


Support summary 

By using these simple steps, you can lubricate your treadmill with ease. This will keep your treadmill running smoothly. Depending on your model, you may need to repeat the lubrication process every few weeks or months, or whenever you notice it stiffens. 

You can view our video on how to lubricate the Opti treadmill by clicking here.