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Why Your Treadmill Belt May Be Slipping

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There are a variety of variables that might cause the treadmill belt to slip, and depending on the cause, there are a variety of approaches to troubleshooting the problem. The treadmill is one of the most popular pieces of cardio equipment among those who wish to stay fit and healthy while at home. A treadmill can be used at home at any time of day or night that your schedule allows, and by the time you're done, you'll have completed the necessary steps to boost your heart rate for physical fitness.

Why Treadmill Belt Might Be Slipping?

Here's a quick rundown of some of the reasons for treadmill belt slippage and how to remedy them:

The Belts Needs Lubrication

The treadmill's construction is such that the belt normally travels from the treadmill deck to a set of rollers, and the friction caused between the belt, deck, and rollers must be decreased for the treadmill to work properly.

When there is insufficient lubrication between these components, not only will it be difficult to use the treadmill, but the belt will also slip from time to time, interfering with your workout.

Secondly, some treadmills are marketed as "no maintenance" treadmills to give the impression that you will not have to perform any maintenance after purchasing the treadmill. This is merely a marketing ploy, and if you are foolish enough to believe that you will not be required to perform any preventative maintenance on the machine, belt slippage will be the first issue to witness.

Drive Belt May Be Loose

If the driver of the treadmill running belt between the motor and the front roller slips, belt slippage is unavoidable. If you step on the treadmill and the belt stops running but the motor continues to operate, the front roller should be checked. If both the roller and the pulley cease turning, the drive belt is worn out.

As a result, the belt will always be loose, and no matter how hard you try, it will slip practically now and again. The solution is to avoid tightening it because it is easy to overtighten it, which will increase the working amps and maybe burn the motor.

The best approach is treadmill belt replacement, which will relieve the motor of any additional strain. For a temporary remedy, treat the drive belt with a belt treatment spray, which you may purchase as an accessory from the treadmill store.

The Pulley on The Front Roller May Have Lost Its Grip

If the front roller pulley loses its grip, the treadmill belt can also slip. This pulley is necessary for accommodating the belt's weight and directing it to complete the operational cycle. There will be a misalignment between the pulley and the front roller in the event of a slippage, which will cause the treadmill belt to misalign and eventually slip. 

Walking Belt May Be Lose

You might expect a lot of slippages during operations if the walking belt is slack. One of the reasons the belt may be loose is because it has naturally stretched out with frequent use and age; in this situation, tightening the belt will effectively stop the slippage.

You may check this by lifting the belt from the center; if it lifts about 2/3 inches off the running deck, it's fine; if it lifts more than this, it's too loose and must be tightened. The owner's manual for your treadmill will tell you how to tighten the lost belt depending on the type and model.