How To Oil A Treadmill In South Africa

What is a Treadmill?

A treadmill is a device generally used for walking, running, or climbing while staying in the same place.

How To Oil A Treadmill In South Africa?

Gather the Tools That You’ll Need

Thankfully, lubricating your treadmill isn’t a complicated process so the tools that are generally required are minimal. In most cases, all you will need is an Allen wrench, t-wrench, or a screwdriver accompanied by your silicone lubricant for your treadmill.


Turn Off Your Treadmill

Before you attempt to perform maintenance on your treadmill, make sure it is unplugged or turned off completely. This is important to prevent injury.


Expose the Deck

Grab your Allen wrench, t-wrench, or screwdriver to loosen the rear roller bolts. Count the same number of turns on both sides; generally 8-10 turns counter-clockwise will give you enough slack on the belt to lift it. 

Using a clean cloth wipe the dirt and dust from beneath the walking belt


Applying the Lubricant

This part of the process can be a little bit difficult, especially if it’s your first time. 

First, you’ll want to determine your primary impact zone on the belt and apply the lubricant on the deck directly under the belt where your feet are creating the most impact. Approximately from the front to the middle.


Lower the Belt

Once you have lubricated the deck, lower the belt to the center of the deck and reverse the same number of turns to the rear roller bolts that you loosened in step 3  This ensures that the belt is the same tension as before servicing.


Start up Your Treadmill

After tensioning the belt, stay off the machine and turn it on. Run the belt at a slow speed (anywhere from 1 mph to 3 mph) for around 3 minutes to allow the treadmill to spread the silicone. 


Unplug again

Finally, unplug your treadmill and use a soft cloth to wipe off any potential excess lubricant on the side rails of the treadmill. After that, you’re all good to go!

What kind of oil do you use on a treadmill?

You’ll need to purchase 100-percent silicone lubricants. Non-silicone lubricants such as WD40 contain additives that could potentially damage the belt.

Fasulo advises getting a bottle with an extendable nozzle, such as Spot On Treadmill Lubricant or Godora Treadmill Lubricant.

How often must you oil the treadmill?

Lubricating your treadmill at least once every three months is a good practice to follow. However, if your treadmill is under high-volume usage (around 10 hours a week),

you should apply this practice once every month or every 150 miles.