How to Lubricate a NordicTrack Elliptical

Knowing how to lubricate a NordicTrack elliptical trainer is a vital part of maintaining your machine. Luckily, the process is fairly straightforward and is easy to incorporate into your wider care routine.

In this article, we’ll go over how to lubricate a NordicTrack elliptical and discuss why it might be squeaking in the first place.

How Do I Stop My NordicTrack Elliptical From Squeaking?

The most effective way to stop a NordicTrack elliptical from squeaking is by lubricating the moving parts. This doesn’t involve taking the machine apart, as you can perform the required maintenance very easily.

When lubricating your NordicTrack elliptical, you need to focus on the rollers and the ramp. These are located below the footplates at the back of the machine. The ramp is what the rollers move on, and the rollers are connected to the bottom of the footplates.

For specific guidance about which parts these are on your machine, check your user’s manual. There should be an illustration at the start that labels all the parts.

Of course, there are other moving parts on a NordicTrack elliptical, but the rollers and ramp are the most common causes of squeaking noise because they account for most of the movement and take most of the machine’s strain.

How to Lubricate a NordicTrack Elliptical

The following are general steps for how to lubricate a NordicTrack elliptical. While the placement and layout may vary between models in NordicTrack’s elliptical range, they’ll always be in the same general location. Similarly, the steps for lubricating them are the same.

1. Use a lint-free cloth to remove any dust or debris from the ramp and rollers. All you need to do is wipe the cloth over; there’s no need for a vacuum cleaner unless they’re really dusty.

2. Spray some silicone lubricant onto a cloth and wipe it over the ramp. Do the same on each roller, ensuring you only leave a thin coat of lubricant.

3. Briefly run the machine a few steps to distribute the lubricant around any areas you couldn’t reach with the cloth.

That’s really all there is to it. Of course, the wider maintenance routine for a NordicTrack elliptical involves checking moving parts and cleaning around the machine, but this is all you need to do to lubricate it.

How to Lubricate a NordicTrack Elliptical

How Often Should You Lubricate Your NordicTrack Elliptical?

How often you should lubricate your NordicTrack elliptical largely depends on how often you use it. Again, check your user’s manual for specific instructions from the manufacturer. There should be a maintenance section that explains this in detail.

You should aim to lubricate your elliptical trainer at least once every 6 months. If you use it regularly, consider ramping this up to once a month. However, there’s no need to do it any more regularly than this, as silicone lubricant lasts for quite a long time.

Why is My NordicTrack Elliptical Squeaking?

Your NordicTrack elliptical is likely squeaking because you haven’t been maintaining it properly. The moving parts can rub together, which creates friction. It’s this friction that leads to the squeaking noise, and luckily it’s easy to fix with some lubricant.

As mentioned, you should use silicone lubricant for this. The main reason is that petroleum-based lubricants can damage non-metallic parts on your elliptical, which arguably leads to worse problems than a bit of squeaking.

Silicone lubricant is widely available, so you shouldn’t struggle to find some. It’s used for all kinds of applications because it’s significantly less invasive than something like normal WD-40. Importantly, you can use it on all your other gym equipment, too.

Final Thoughts on Lubricating a NordicTrack Elliptical

You should now have all the relevant information you need to lubricate your NordicTrack elliptical. It’s an incredibly easy process because you don’t even need to take the machine apart.

If it’s gotten to the point that your elliptical trainer is squeaking, a lack of maintenance is the most likely cause. However, if that doesn’t solve things, make sure you get in touch with a qualified technician, as it could be a sign of a larger problem.

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An ex-triathlete, fitness coach and writer with a Masters in Sports Physiology. Fitness is my passion and I've had my fair share of home fitness equipment tried and tested!