Do you have an elliptical that is not so smooth, jerks, and creates irritating noises? Well, you can fix it by lubricating the moving parts. Lubrication helps the elliptical to function smoother, reduce additional noise and increase longevity. Most importantly, it reduces the risk of costly repairs.
How to Grease an Elliptical Machine
Step #1: Find out moving parts
The very first thing you have to do is figure out where to lubricate. At that time, you have to look carefully at which parts create friction and move while performing an exercise. It’s important to lubricate every moving center; otherwise, over friction could damage moving parts.
Step #2: Open parts gently
Here you have to do some technical work. Take your tools to remove bolts and screws to open the friction point. You must keep a sharp eye on bolts and screws at that point. Don’t mess down with screw and bolt. Otherwise, you will have trouble finding out the right screw and bolt exact moment.
Step #3: Clean moving parts
The third step of greasing/lubricating the elliptical is cleaning the lubrication point. Many of us think cleaning well before lubrication isn’t so necessary. In my opinion, it’s one of the essential things in the lubrication process. If you don’t clean well before lubrication, the point could make noise and create additional friction because of dirt and sand.
Step #4: Lubricate/Grease parts
After cleaning all the parts you want to work on, you have to choose where to use grease and a lubricant. Experts suggest using grease on parts that create moderate friction. For example, elliptical bearing. Parts that make high friction are advised to use a lubricant. In short, you can use lubricant in every position you want, but experts don’t recommend using grease everywhere.
Step #5: Re-assemble lubricated parts
It’s easy to open parts, but difficulties come when you have to re-assemble them. To make this complex process more manageable, you can take photos or videos before opening parts. This trick helps a lot when someone forgets the way to assemble.
Step #6: Tighten all parts
Tightening the bolts and screws is one of the most important things to do after lubrication. So many incidents could happen if you don’t tighten all the parts. Irritating noise, broken parts, fall from machines due to functions difficulties are the most common issue of un-tightened parts.
Step #7: Take a trial exercise
After doing all the processes, the user must have a trial workout to ensure you did everything well. You can’t jump on it and use it usually at the beginning. It’s important to start slowly, and if it runs smoothly, then it’s ok. As lubrication isn’t a complicated process, users usually get success on it, but if you figure out something is wrong, contact a local expert.
Grease or Lubricant? Which One Should You Use?
Grease works well on bearings that function at moderate speed. Normally, elliptical machines do not operate at an excessively high speed. So, if you find some bearing in an elliptical machine, you can go with grease, but if you don’t have grease, you can use a lubricant.
On the other hand, lubricant for elliptical performs better under high speed and extreme fiction. You can apply this oil to every moving part that creates friction. Applying lubricant is simple and easy, but you have to be careful when using it on an elliptical that functions with battery/electricity. As the lubricant is fluid, it can create damage to electrical parts. So you have to be more aware when you are lubricating on parts near cables. Otherwise, you can lubricate any parts without any worries.
The Bottom Line
Grease and lubricant are the lifespan medicine to fitness equipment. It allows machines to reduce noise and gives a smooth experience at workouts. So, If your elliptical is not smooth, makes sounds, and has not been lubricated for 5-6 months, use lubricant to get the best performance.