Elliptical – How to fix the noise

How to fix the noise of your elliptical

Ellipticals trainers are one of the best exercise machines for an effective workout in the privacy of your home. They are great for weight loss, improved cardiovascular health, stronger bones, and muscles without putting stress on your joints. They also boost your stamina while improving your balance.
A home elliptical trainer is easy to use, compact, and suitable for all fitness levels. The best part is that its design and the way of operation makes it quieter than other fitness indoor machines such as the treadmill. It allows you to exercise without worrying about disturbing your neighbors or other inmates.

Elliptical - How to fix the noise
Elliptical – How to fix the noise

Though the best home elliptical trainers are engineered to be quiet, in some cases, they start emitting squeaky noises due to various reasons. Besides being annoying, these noises usually result in some abnormal wear and tear in your elliptical.

Unattended noise will seriously damage your machine, hamper your workout, and annoy your neighbor. It is not difficult to isolate and solve the problem. It is even possible to take preventive measures to avoid noise. The sooner it is attended to, the better will it be for the machine and your neighbor!

The following section will tell you how to fix the noise of your elliptical-

1. Check for loose bolts

Changes in the alignment of certain parts happen due to loose bolts. You can use the tool kit provided by the manufacturer to tighten all the bolts and fittings. Doing this once a month will prevent noise as a result of loose bolts in the long run and also keep your exercise machine healthy.

Check for loose bolts
Check for loose bolts

2. Check for dust and grime buildup

Dust and grime can buildup over time on the moving parts of your elliptical. They usually tend to clog where the wheels meet the belt. This buildup causes excessive friction that leads to noise and damage.

You need to detach the shell of your elliptical to clean up this dust and grime buildup. Use the manufacturer’s kit to unscrew the screws that connect the shell to the mainframe. Don’t worry though there are different models, the basic design is the same.

Use a dry cloth or vacuum cleaner and thoroughly clean the clogged-up dust and grime. Though it is impossible to eliminate dust, you can keep it to a minimum by dusting your elliptical regularly. DO NOT use a wet cloth. Introducing moisture to your elliptical is a surefire recipe for rust. Moreover, if water gets inside the electricals it will cause a short circuit.

3. Check if the elliptical is placed on a hard, level floor

Your elliptical trainer should be mounted on a hard, level floor as it is subjected to a lot of torsional force when you workout. If the floor is uneven, it will result in an imbalance and create unnecessary stress on the moving parts of the elliptical. Apart from making noise, this will also damage your elliptical in the long run. Use an instrument to check if the floor is sloping or uneven.

Check if the elliptical is placed on a hard, level floor
Check if the elliptical is placed on a hard, level floor

4. Use appropriate lubrication regularly

Regular lubrication with the appropriate lubricant will increase the life of the machine while reducing the noise. When it comes to lubrication, there are two kinds of systems in home elliptical trainers. The first type is elliptical with ramps and wheels, the second doesn’t have a ramp and wheel system. This is how you can lubricate each type-

  • Lubricating ellipticals with ramps and wheels the wheels

In this system, the wheels roll back and forth across a steel or aluminum ramp. All you have to do is apply liquid silicone every 4 to 6 months. Ensure that that you remove the dirt and dust and grime in the wheel channel on the ramp before lubricating.

  • Lubricating ellipticals that don’t have a ramp and wheel system

In this system lubrication is a bit complex. This is because the lubrication points are not evident. You need to identify the lubrication points and apply liquid silicone. Ellipticals without a ramp and wheel system have oil-impregnated bushings that need no lubrication initially. As they age, they can be lubricated with lithium grease.

The rotation points in this type of ellipticals have sealed bearings. These do not require lubrication as long as the seal is intact. Ensure that the seal is always intact. Some cheap ellipticals come with unsealed bearings and require regular lubrication to extend their life.

Marine grease is best for lubricating around the rollers on the roller arms beneath the pedals. This is because marine grease is designed to lubricate open gears. It can withstand heat and last longer. This also means that you don’t have to do frequent lubrication. Make sure to wipe out all the excess lubrication and give your elliptical a short run to help the lubricant spread evenly.

5. Apply belt dressing

Many elliptical trainers have Poly-V or A-shaped belting. This belting becomes dry, glazed, and cracked over time. This can result in a squeaking noise. Apply belt dressing periodically to increase the life of the belt and prevent squeaking.

Final thoughts

The above fixes and preventive measures will help get rid of any noises, prevent the occurrence of noise in the future, and extend the life of your elliptical trainer. However, some of the above steps must be attempted only after you familiarize yourself with the machine. Acquaint yourself with the manual before attempting any repair.


Use only the recommended lubricants. You can get the lubricants mentioned above in hardware shops. Remember, ellipticals are built to last long. With a routine maintenance check-up once a month, you can keep your elliptical working in top condition for a long time with a quiet and smooth operation. You can reap the benefits of your elliptical trainer without annoying your neighbor.

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