How, Why, and Where to Lubricate an Elliptical Machine

Likewise treadmills, elliptical machines require regular lubrication. If you lubricate them properly, the machines will reduce the wear, ultimately enhancing the durability and functionality of the machine. To add to that, you don’t have to spend money on costly repairs as well. Not to mention, your elliptical machine will make less noise and there will be fewer jerks in the ellipse motion of the machine.

However, the main problem with the lubrication process is the lubrication points are not self-evident and sometimes the types of lubrication are not obvious as well. In that regard, it becomes difficult to lubricate the elliptical machine. So, in this article, we are going to talk about the different types of elliptical machines, and how you can lubricate them. In addition,

At first, you have to know that there are two types of elliptical. So, you will have two types of lubrication process one with ramps and wheels and another without them.

How, Why, and Where to Lubricate an Elliptical MachineElliptical with ramp and wheels

If the elliptical has a ramp and wheel system, you will have to lubricate in every four to six months with liquid silicone. At the time of lubrication, be sure to clean the ramp with a dry and clean cloth. By cleaning the ramp, you will be able to remove the dirt and dust, which mostly build-up in the wheel channel on the ramp. On the other hand, if you leave the dirt, it will create pitting in the wheels over time and the wheel will fall to pieces.

Many people get it wrong by using WD-40 or other types of the caustic agent to lubricate the ramp and wheels. You should know they are not lubricants and they are more likely to make the wheels fail fast. In truth, you will end up paying $500 as repair cost to make your elliptical functioning.

Elliptical without ramp and wheels

How, Why, and Where to Lubricate an Elliptical MachineIf your elliptical doesn’t have a ramp and wheel system, you might face complexity in lubricating the machine. The thing is elliptical without ramp and wheel system have a less clear point for lubrication. You will see some of these have wheels, which will roll over a steel bar. You will have to lubricate them with liquid silicone. Also, these machines have bushings, which are of oil impregnated. Typically, you don’t need to lubricate them frequently but they will certainly squeak in their lifecycle.

Therefore, when you see that this is happening, you have to use lithium grease. Lithium grease will solve the squeaking issues. Most of the elliptical will have sealed bearings, which you will see in their rotation points. These bearings don’t require lubrication and you don’t have to lubricate them as well. Now, if you break the seals, the bearings will ruin them. In that case, you would be better if you just avoid lubricating them. On the contrary, some elliptical use unsealed bearings and they are usually cheap. So, you don’t have to lubricate them as well since they will wear out quickly.

Bottom Line

To conclude, we would say elliptical maintenance is a significant aspect because it will protect the machine for a durable use. In addition, all types of the elliptical machine include a large amount of A-shaped or Poly-V belting inside them. These belts will somehow wear out by drying and cracking. Therefore, you can apply belt dressing to ensure they remain in good shape. All in all, we hope this article will help you in lubricating the elliptical machine. Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

Written by

Chester Stone