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Excellent Advice02/02/2015 ~ nlloyd
My treadmill's front roller pully was slipping. I tried everything from lubricating the belt deck to tightening the belt. I searched the internet and luckily found this video. I followed the video and it was fixed. Do make sure you have the proper drill bits to drill into metal. Treadmill is now working. I almost ordered a new Front roller which was going to cost me $159 plus shipping. This only cost me about $3. Thanks
THANKS09/21/2013 ~ tpresley
THIS IS AWESOME FOR OLDER TREADMILLS LIKE I HAVE
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.
Treadmill Front Roller Pully Repair06/12/2013 ~ 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!!
Its worth the $ to buy this lesson will save you even Bigger $$$ ty Mark!12/11/2012 ~ sboote
Amazing! so glad I purchased well worth it.. save me big$$$ TY Mark! :D
Treadmill front roller - Hot tip!07/22/2012 ~ mike677
Very simple. Great idea.
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!
Excellent presentation01/24/2012 ~ Ram
It saved me $120 just on the part. Great job. I hope mindbites.com add such high quality videos for car repairs also.
Lifefitness HR 9000 Front roller pulley repair - Thanks from Australia12/18/2011 ~ Susan72
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
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,
Drive belt slipping01/05/2011 ~ Joe13
A really clear process for fixing a slipping motor drive belt, without removing the front roller.