Hi! We show you're using Internet Explorer 6. Unfortunately, IE6 is an older browser and everything at MindBites may not work for you. We recommend upgrading (for free) to the latest version of Internet Explorer from Microsoft or Firefox from Mozilla.
Click here to read more about IE6 and why it makes sense to upgrade.

Treadmill Front Roller Pully Repair

by Mark

Preview

Like what you see? Buy now to watch the full lesson online.

You Might Also Like

About this Lesson

  • Type: Video Tutorial
  • Length: 6:10
  • Media: Flash video file
  • Use: Watch Online
  • Access Period: 90 Days
  • Posted: 07/07/2010

This lesson is part of the following series:

Technicians Video Tool Box (14 lessons, $15.84)
Treadmill Roller Series (2 lessons, $6.93)

Stemming from countless e-mails on the subject.
Mark Peterson shows you what to do to fix the pulley on a treadmills front roller, when it looses it's grip and slips.

Another easy, inexpensive, tech tip to save money.

About this Author

Mark
Mark
15 lessons
Joined:
07/21/2007

I've been self employed servicing Exercise equipment in Austin, TX for 28 years.
I have 12 Manufacture service certifications by the biggest names in the fitness industry, such as Precor, Star Trac, Life Fitness, Technogym, Woodway and Track Master, to name a few.
A certified Fitness Specialist by the cooper clinic in Dallas, and a personal trainer for the first 16 years of my fitness career.

Now retired. I hope to be able to help others with diagnostic steps to give you the answers you need, before you call the service tech, or before you do it yourself.

You can also Receive Continued support after video sale by E-Mailing me at markepeterson@austin.rr.com

For instant messaging...

More..

Recent Reviews

Nopic_tan
THANKS
09/22/2013
~ tpresley

THIS IS AWESOME FOR OLDER TREADMILLS LIKE I HAVE

Nopic_blu
Repairing the front pully worked!
08/05/2013
~ jlogerquist

I had the problem Mark described in the video. I contacted the manufacturer Life Fitness and a local dealer with no luck and no help. They only wanted to come out and put on a new running belt for big bucks! That wouldn't have even solved the issue I tried to describe to them.
After figuring out the real problem I learned I can't even get a replacement front roller from anyone for my treadmill anymore since it was from 1999. I thought there must be a repair option when I came across Mark's video. Thanks tons Mark! The only thing I would add is it's not quite that easy drilling into a solid stainless steel roller like I had and getting the screws to grip. Make sure to have high quality steel cutting bits. The correct screws are very important too. The repair does work and I'm back in business.

Nopic_grn
Treadmill Front Roller Pully Repair
06/12/2013
~ barnet

The repair solution to install the self taping screws through the pulley into the roller body worked perfectly - no more slipping.

Two dollars well spent!!

Nopic_grn
Its worth the $ to buy this lesson will save yo...
12/11/2012
~ sboote

Amazing! so glad I purchased well worth it.. save me big$$$ TY Mark! :D

Nopic_orng
Treadmill front roller - Hot tip!
07/23/2012
~ mike677

Very simple. Great idea.

Nopic_tan
THANKS
09/22/2013
~ tpresley

THIS IS AWESOME FOR OLDER TREADMILLS LIKE I HAVE

Nopic_blu
Repairing the front pully worked!
08/05/2013
~ jlogerquist

I had the problem Mark described in the video. I contacted the manufacturer Life Fitness and a local dealer with no luck and no help. They only wanted to come out and put on a new running belt for big bucks! That wouldn't have even solved the issue I tried to describe to them.
After figuring out the real problem I learned I can't even get a replacement front roller from anyone for my treadmill anymore since it was from 1999. I thought there must be a repair option when I came across Mark's video. Thanks tons Mark! The only thing I would add is it's not quite that easy drilling into a solid stainless steel roller like I had and getting the screws to grip. Make sure to have high quality steel cutting bits. The correct screws are very important too. The repair does work and I'm back in business.

Nopic_grn
Treadmill Front Roller Pully Repair
06/12/2013
~ barnet

The repair solution to install the self taping screws through the pulley into the roller body worked perfectly - no more slipping.

Two dollars well spent!!

Nopic_grn
Its worth the $ to buy this lesson will save yo...
12/11/2012
~ sboote

Amazing! so glad I purchased well worth it.. save me big$$$ TY Mark! :D

Nopic_orng
Treadmill front roller - Hot tip!
07/23/2012
~ mike677

Very simple. Great idea.

Nopic_tan
Brilliant!
06/12/2012
~ Rob18

So I picked up a high end "floor model" treadmill for real cheap, and soon encountered the mat sticking and slipping. I spent several hours tightening and loosening the belt to no avail. It never occurred to me till I ran across this video that it could be the pulley slipping. To confirm, I put a piece of white masking tape on the roller so I could see if it was stopping. Sure enough. It also did not dawn on me that the pulley could have been made of cheap plastic (?). My model was one with a flush pulley like you mention toward the end, but instead of drilling down thru the top as you suggested, I just drilled from the side at about a 45 degree angle thru the pulley and into the roller. Sunk 3 evenly spaced screws and bravo! Fixed! Best $2 I ever spent. Thanks!

Nopic_grn
Excellent presentation
01/25/2012
~ Ram

It saved me $120 just on the part. Great job. I hope mindbites.com add such high quality videos for car repairs also.

Nopic_grn
Lifefitness HR 9000 Front roller pulley repair ...
12/18/2011
~ Susan72

Hi Mark,
Thanks for the great visual tutorial on how to fix the front roller pulley on a treadmill. I have a Lifefitness HR 9000 and the belt was slipping. Troubleshooted and the problem was the pulley. I had to take the pulley out to drill the holes and attach the screws but it was all worth it. Not a hard job at all. Saved me over $250 for a new front roller and also a service fee from Lifefitness, which would have been over $150 or more for sure. The treadmill is all fixed and the belt does not slip at all. Now I'm back to happy safe walking! Thankyou from Sydney Australia. Kind Regards Sue

Nopic_tan
THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
07/17/2011
~ Bruce15

What a concise and well done video. 2 bucks for the video and 10 minutes of time is all it took to make my treadmill work like new again You saved me from buying a $150. front roller that would eventually have done the same thing again and from all the time it would have taken to put it in.

Thanks again Mark,

Bruce N.

Nopic_tan
Drive belt slipping
01/05/2011
~ Joe13

A really clear process for fixing a slipping motor drive belt, without removing the front roller.

Embed this video on your site

Copy and paste the following snippet: